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GeoEye Proposes to Purchase DigitalGlobe

by Matt Ball on May 4, 2012

The mergers and acquisitions within the geospatial technology space are white hot right now, with news today that GeoEye has approached DigitalGlobe in order to acquire and combine companies. The result would be the world’s largest commercial high-resolution satellite company, with streamlined operations that would ensure viability in the face of deep federal cuts. In […]


The Natural Research Council has just released a detailed report that cautions about a decline in U.S. earth observation capacity. In a time of tightened budgets, many of the long-running missions are coming to a close, with follow-on missions delayed or canceled. The report follows a similar effort five years ago, with the title, “Earth […]


The Inspiration of Space Can Drive the Economy

by Matt Ball on April 17, 2012

The coincidence of Shuttle Discovery flying over Washington monuments to be retired and go on public display, with today’s 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, provides a good contrast regarding the country’s plans and ambitions with space and earth observation. Most of the speakers at this opening day of the symposium made some mention […]


Vancouver-based UrtheCast aims to commercialize high-resolution video from space by installing HD cameras aboard the International Space Station. The cameras are in production now, with plans to install by the end of 2012. The company has recently signed a $4.2 million contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates to build some of the hardware and data […]


The University of Maryland is partnering with Beijing Normal University to create the Joint Center on Global Change and Earth System Science that will develop tools to track climate change. The center will create an international remote sensing database, track land use and cover, in addition to monitoring agriculture. The agricultural work will focus on […]


Earth observation company Aerodata International Surveys has just launched Aero+, with packaged solutions for sensing and analyzing¬† smarter planet applications. The new firm offers solutions that address heat loss from buildings, light pollution, renewable energy siting, and the potential for solar energy. The mission of this new company is to create a greener environment for […]


The Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing (EO-ERS) laboratory of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) has developed an animated video that shows the urban expansion of Abu Dhabi from 1986 through 2010. The animation makes use of satellite data from NASA and the USGS. With MIST’s focus on advanced energy and sustainable […]


An FAA bill that calls for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system now goes to the president for his signature. The rapid technological advancements brought on by widespread military use have elevated the technology to a safety level that make it an attractive option for a variety of tasks […]


Defense Drawdown Provides Geospatial Opportunities

by Matt Ball on January 13, 2012

It’s no secret that the removal of troops from Iraq, and eventually Afghanistan, will reduce the need for military personnel and geospatial analysis. There has been a great expansion in the number of professionals that practice geospatial intelligence, and inevitably many of these workers will be looking for a new vocation. Indeed, just today we […]


The U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with GeoEye to provide OrbView-3 one-meter satellite images from between 2003 and 2007 for free download via the USGS EarthExplorer. You may recall that the OrbView-3 satellite was put out of service in 2007 due to a malfunction of electronics, and has since been guided to a controlled reentry […]

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