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Archive for August, 2006

Hurricane Katrina Remembered: New Orleans Superdome via Satellite Image

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
Satellite Imaging Corp.’s satellite image of the Month for August is a Quickbird photo of the New Orleans Superdome taken on September 3, 2005 – just days after Hurricane Katrina struck:
QuickBird satellite image of the New Orleans Superdome during Hurricane Katrina by Satellite Imaging Corporation
Click the thumbnail (or here) to see a full-size image.

Taken at .62 m resolution, the photo features the tattered roof of the Superdome with helicopters populating the parking area in the lower portion of the image. Note additional damage to rooftops in the lower-right and left-center of the shot, as well as water surrounding the dome area, highways, and neighboring trees.

See other aerial images taken by the Quickbird Satellite in SIC’s Quickbird image gallery. If you’re interested in custom images for your engineering, environmental, or oil/gas drilling project, contact SIC today.

Satellite Images Help Climbers to Map Antarctica’s Peaks

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 has an interesting article about a group of mountain climbers recently back from climbing many of Antarctica’s peaks, and how IKONOS satellite imagery helped to facilitate their climbs – and will benefit future climbers:

Now our attention turns toward making our new map – a topographical map of Vinson and the high peaks of the Sentinel Range, incorporating our new height measurements obtained over the last few years of Omega expeditions.

Many sub-peaks, outlying peaks, camp sites and outcrops have been re-measured. We use these points to geo-reference a very high resolution IKONOS satellite image that we had collected specially for us in recent months.

Combined with lower resolution Aster imagery we can generate contour lines to place on this image, at 100m intervals, thus creating a more accurate map than previously exists, that gives a better idea of how these mountains really are. That new map will be printed large and distributed worldwide free to all, in the interests of promoting knowledge of Antarctica and Antarctic science.

Perhaps to complement the pages we have about the benefits of satellite imagery to the oil and gas industry, we should build out some content for sub-zero mountain climbing and other “extreme” activities?

State of Satellite Imaging from ESRI 2006

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Adena Schutzberg of Directions Magazine recently spoke with Joe Francica at the 2006 ESRI User Conference. What resulted was a great “state of the industry” podcast in which Joe highlighted challenges and opportunities for satellite image providers.

Much of the conversation revolved around the rapid consumerization of satellite data, and how providers are finding ways to team up to offer a broader product set to appeal to traditional (commercial and governmental) clients as well as more consumer-oriented applications of their core competencies. According to Francica,

The challenge is getting the data from the bird to the consumer much more rapidly than it has in the past. We’re getting very quickly to the point where the gap between what the consumer sees and what they want is narrowing.

In addition to the constant challenge of improving technology based on the demands of a new customer base, Francica states that image providers are also challenged by consumers’ lack of knowledge of the exact potential of their products:

Now they’re faced with educating the community that, for all they know, is looking at Google Earth and saying, “Hey that’s cool,” but they don’t know the nuances of the product packaging that could arise from finer, finer pixel resolution.

(At Satellite Imaging Corporation, we’ve done our best to outline our list of satellite imaging services to multiple audiences, including those interested in oil and gas production, GIS, and digital elevation modeling).

The podcast (mp3 download here) has plenty of other great information and is well worth a listen.