Rio Olympics from space

Download this page in PDF format The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics takes place on Friday and so we’ve decided to revive our highly infrequent blog series ‘Can you see sporting venues from space?’ Previously we’ve looked for … Continue reading

The cost of ‘free data’

Download this page in PDF format Last week, the US and Japan announced free public access to the archive of nearly 3 million images taken by ASTER instrument; previously this data had only been accessible with a nominal fee. ASTER, … Continue reading

Temporal: The forgotten resolution

Download this page in PDF format Temporal resolution shouldn’t be forgotten when considering satellite imagery; however it’s often neglected, with its partners of spatial and spectral resolution getting the limelight. The reason is the special relationship spatial and spectral has, … Continue reading

SMAP ready to map!

Download this page in PDF format On the 31st January NASA launched their Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, generally known by the more pronounceable acronym SMAP, aboard the Delta 2 rocket. It will go into a near polar sun-synchronous orbit … Continue reading

Why counting animals from spaces isn’t as hard as you think

Download this page in PDF format Last week the keepers at London Zoo were busy counting their 17,000 animals, as part of the annual headcount. Knowing numbers is vital within the wild too, but counting animals on the plains of … Continue reading

The Small and Mighty Proba Missions

Download this page in PDF format This week the European Space Agency announced the latest mission in the Project for OnBoard Automony (PROBA) mini-satellite programme. Proba-3 is planned to launch in four years; and will be a pair of satellites … Continue reading

Can Earth Observation answer your question?

Download this page in PDF format The opportunities and challenges of utilising Earth observation (EO) data played out in microcosm in our house over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, I was watching highlights of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix … Continue reading

Controlling the Space Industry Narrative

Download this page in PDF format The narrative of the satellite industry over the last week had all the components of a blockbuster novel or film: with new adventures beginning, dramatic challenges to overcome, redemption and an emotional end. Like … Continue reading

Why understanding spatial resolution is important?

Download this page in PDF format Spatial resolution is a key characteristic in remote sensing, where it’s often used to refer to the size of pixels within an acquired image. However this is a simplification as the detector in the … Continue reading