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Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC) Signs Agreement With RapidEye AG for Distribution of RapidEye Satellite Image Data

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a leader in the satellite remote sensing, GIS and mapping industry delivering to commercial customers fully processed and orthorectified high resolution satellite image data and geospatial data products, announced today that SIC is now part of RapidEye AG growing distribution network providing customers with a 5m imaging solution.

Leopold J. Romeijn, President & CEO of Satellite Imaging Corporation commented, “We look forward to partnering with RapidEye to provide our ever growing customer base with a cost effective 5m resolution imaging solution for covering large areas on all continents in support of various mapping applications and International oil & gas exploration activities”.

Click image to view RapidEye 5m ortho satellite image samples of Burghausen, Germany in full resolution.

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Originally planned as an agricultural monitoring system using the RapidEye five spectral bands including a RedEdge (RE) multispectral band the RapidEye satellite sensors have demonstrated to be a cost effective global mapping tool in the 5m resolution range. The RapidEye constellation of Earth observation satellites with the capability to reach any point on Earth every day making the RapidEye satellite sensor suitable collecting areas in tropical regions generally affected by cloud cover. The satellites orbit at an altitude of 630-km. Customers can be provided with data of up to a maximum of 1,500-km in length and 77-km wide.

The RapidEye constellation of five satellites stands apart from other providers of satellite-based geospatial information in their unique ability to acquire high-resolution, large-area image data on a daily basis. The RapidEye system is able to collect an unprecedented 4 million square kilometers of data per day at 6.5 meter nominal ground resolution, and has amassed over 2.0 Billion square kilometers in its archive in just two years of commercial operation. The orthorectified RapidEye Image data is delivered with a ground resolution of 5 meters.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company, provides global satellite imaging and processing services for a number of industries, including oil and gas, mining, cadastre, tax mapping, construction, environmental, forestry and agriculture.

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified Satellite Imaging mosaics DEMs and 3D terrain models for many industries using GIS and CAD applications including, flight simulations, terrain modeling, engineering and construction using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

Satellite Imaging Corporation
36842 Meadow Creek Court
Magnolia, Texas 77355-8603
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada Only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900 Ext.: 202
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910

Website: http://www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Show Mississippi River Flooding Disaster

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

High resolution Satellite Images show the devastating floods of the Mississippi River in the Midwest hitting Arkansas to Tennessee, and Mississippi to Louisiana. Swollen by weeks of heavy rain and snow melt, the Mississippi River has been breaking high water records that have stood since the 1920s and ’30s. It is projected to crest at Vicksburg on May 19 and shatter the mark set there during the catastrophic flood in 1927. The river is expected to crest at 57.5 feet on May 19, about 1.5 feet above the 1927 record, according to the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

The City of Natchez is expected to flood on May 21 with New Orleans to follow on May 23. Damage in Baton Rouge and New Orleans could be lessened if the U.S. Corps of Engineers opens the Morganza spillway to relieve pressure on levees but it would flood thousands of acres of farmland and thousands of homes.

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WorldView-2 (Natural Color) Satellite Image of Flooding in the Midwest, Cairo, Illinois

(Image credit: DigitalGlobe)

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WorldView-2 (False Color) Satellite Image of Flooding in the Midwest, Cairo, Illinois

(Image credit: DigitalGlobe)

The WorldView-2 Satellite sensor provides Multiband (8MS + 1PAN) Satellite Image data to support spectral analysis for various applications. The WorldView-2 Multispectral Band combination of 8-7-4 is providing a 2m resolution Satellite Image where the color blue is water and bright yellow healthy vegetation and darker yellow is vegetation affected by the flooding.

For a White Paper on the benefits of the 8 Spectral Bands of WorldView-2, please click here.

Remote Sensing gives State and Government agencies the ability to view the damage from multiple vantage points. The spatial resolution of an image determines the ability to view individual features such as buildings and bridges. It also affects the ability to monitor and assess damage conditions, and depends on the nature of the hazard itself.

To view more WorldView-2 Satellite Images, visit here.

Boat Tour on Flooding.

All Eyes on Mississippi River Levees, Spillways as Flood Tensions Continue Video.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 WorldView-1, QuickBird and IKONOS, RapidEye and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high, medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
36842 Meadow Creek Court
Magnolia, Texas  77355-8603
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Capture Toxic Red Sludge in Hungary an Environmental Disaster

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Satellite Images captured the environmental disaster of a contaminated waste reservoir that gave way to 24.7 million cubic feet of toxic red sludge on October 4th, 2010,  killing nine people, injuring 150, forcing home evacuations and ruined property over 15 square miles.

The red sludge devastated creeks and rivers near the spill site and entered the Danube on Thursday October 7th 2010, moving downstream toward Croatia, Serbia and Romania.

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IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Toxic Red Sludge – Ajka, Hungary, Kolontar Village

(Image copyright © GeoEye 2010. All Rights Reserved.)

The IKONOS one-meter resolution satellite image features a portion of Hungary’s toxic sludge spill east of Ajka, Hungary in the village of Kolontar. The image was taken on October 7th, 2010 and shows a close-up of the holding pond where the red mud pollution broke through the retainer wall. On the same day the image was captured authorities reported the spill had reached the Danube River, threatening to contaminate the waterway’s ecosystem. The image was collected by the IKONOS Satellite from 423 miles in space as it moved from north to south over Hungary at a speed of 4.2 miles per second.

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QuickBird (0.6m) Satellite Image of Toxic Red Sludge – Ajka, Hungary, Kolontar Village

(Image copyright © DigitalGlobe 2010. All Rights Reserved.)

Watch a BBC video on the Industrial disaster here.

View a slideshow of the toxic sludge that hit Kolontar village in Hungary here.

Environmental Disaster Analysis and Monitoring Using Satellite Imagery

Satellite Imagery incorporated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), can give emergency officials a wealth of information for prevention, analysis, assessment and monitoring of environmental disasters and damage from small to large regions around the globe.

Satellite Images gives state and government agencies the ability to view the damage from multiple vantage points. The spatial resolution of an image determines the ability to view individual features such as buildings and bridges. It also affects the ability to monitor and assess damage conditions, and depends on the nature of the hazard itself.

The following Images are an example of analysis;

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SPOT (2.5m) Satellite Image of Reservoir in Ajka, Hungary – Before

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FORMOSAT-2 (2.0) Satellite Image of Reservoir in Ajka, Hungary – After

(Satellite Images Copyright © SPOT 2010. All Rights Reserved.)

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as GIS.

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information please contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
36842 Meadow Creek Court
Magnolia, Texas  77355-8603
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
E-mail: info@satimagingcorp.com

Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

IKONOS Satellite Sensor Celebrates Its 11th Year In Orbit

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

IKONOS the world’s first commercial high-resolution Earth observing Satellite celebrates its 11th year in orbit. The IKONOS Satellite sensor was designed and built by Lockheed Martin and is operated by GeoEye.

IKONOS was launched on September 24, 1999 with a 0.82 meter resolution capable of capturing a 3.28m multispectral, Near-Infrared (NIR) at nadir. Its applications include environmental monitoring, government, homeland security, tax mapping, mining, land management, disaster relief and other geospatial applications. The spacecraft continues to collect black-and-white imagery while simultaneously collecting multispectral data for more than four years beyond its initial design life.

To view high resolution satellite images from the IKONOS satellite visit here.

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IKONOS Satellite Sensor (Image courtesy: GeoEye)

IKONOS Stereo Satellite Imagery

The IKONOS Satellite sensor can be programmed to acquire Stereo Imagery for the production of Digital Surface Models (DSM’s) or Digital Elevation Models (DEM’s) with postings of 2m – 3m. From the Stereo pair the near Nadir scene will be utilized to produce <1m Natural Color Satellite Image mosaic.

Other Sensors Operated by GeoEye

GeoEye-1

GeoEye-1 launched on September 6, 2008 is capable of acquiring image data at 0.41 meter panchromatic (B&W) and 1.64 meter multispectral resolution. It also features a revisit time of less than three days, as well as the ability to locate an object within just three meters of its physical location.

This sensor is optimized for large projects, as it can collect over 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral Satellite imagery every day.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor (Image courtesy: GeoEye)

GeoEye-2

Lockheed Martin Space Systems is progressing steadily under a contract to design, build, and launch GeoEye’s next-generation, commercial Earth-imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2. GeoEye-2 will be launched aboard an Atlas V rocket provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and will be operational in early 2013.

The GeoEye-2 Satellite sensor will benefit from significant improvements in capability, including enhanced direct tasking, and the potential to collect imagery of the Earth’s surface at 0.25-meter or 9.75-inch ground resolution.

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GeoEye-2 Satellite Sensor (Image courtesy: GeoEye)

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
36842 Meadow Creek Court
Magnolia, Texas  77355-8603
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Capture the Amazing Architecture of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Satellite images captured the amazing architecture of the city of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates). Abundant in oil, architecture, and global tourism, these cities are one of the world’s most attractive and rapidly developing leisure destinations that offers state of the art modern architecture and facilities offering the highest in comfort and luxury for the traveler or business professional.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

also known as Burj Dubai – Tallest Building in the World

Courtesy of GeoEye

Dubai

Having existed for more then 150 years, Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Over the years Dubai’s sophisticated buildings and structures have amazed the world as a popular destination business hub and highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.

The Jebel Ali free zone, comprising the Jebel Ali port (reputedly the world’s largest man made port) was established in 1979, which provided foreign companies unrestricted import of labor and export capital. This allowed the city to develop the Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Maritime City.

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IKONOS Satellite Image of Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Courtesy of GeoEye

The recent completion of the construction of Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest freestanding hotel (image above), as well as the creation of new residential developments, were used to market Dubai for purposes of tourism.

Photos of Dubai’s Current and Proposed Architecture

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IKONOS Satellite Images of Palm Jumeirah Construction Animation, Dubai, UAE

Click on link or satellite image to view animation

Satellite Image Courtesy of Space Imaging Middle East

Along the coast of Dubai are human-made islands. The construction process for the Palm Islands involved dredging sand from the bottom of the Persian Gulf and then spraying the sand over the areas to create the desired shapes. Satellite imaging technology has played a role in the construction of these islands, as the sand-spraying ships rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite readings to locate their targets.

For more information on The Palm Islands visit here.

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ASTER Satellite Image of Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah

and The World Islands

Courtesy of NASA/Japanese Space Team

Dubai’s population has doubled every ten years since 1971. The city has seen an increase in private real estate investments in recreating Dubai’s skyline with such projects as The Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Strategic Plan for 2015

Discovery Channel Videos on Building Dubai – The Impossible City

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi the 2nd largest city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home for the Emirati Royal Family. Abu Dhabi also hosts many oil companies and has grown to become a cosmopolitan metropolis which has progressively grown over the years. While not as cosmopolitan or as sophisticated as Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a modern city with broad boulevards, tall office and apartment buildings, and busy shops. At present, Abu Dhabi boasts the worlds highest absolute and per-capita level of sovereign wealth funds.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image of Ferrari World on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Courtesy of GeoEye

Satellite image above of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island, will open in 2010 and is set to be the world’s largest indoor theme park. The 150-foot tall red steel roof was designed as the classic body shell of a Ferrari GT car and includes a 200-foot Ferrari logo. The park will also include a Formula One spec race track that will host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and other racing events. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected this image on October 2009.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images of Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

Monday, January 18th, 2010

GeoEye-1 satellite sensor captured a high resolution satellite image of the most devastating earthquake of the century that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday January 12th. The quake killing around 170,000 people possibly more and leaving one million homeless, without  food or water as a result of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

Destruction to buildings, hospitals and roads left Haitians with a shortage on medical supplies and doctors for the injured and no equipment to move the rubble and debris. With many dead and not knowing what to do, people are having to pile bodies in the streets and leaving many with no relief or hope.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Post Earthquake – January 13, 2010

GeoEye-1 satellite image above was taken from 423 miles in space at 10:27 am EST on Jan. 13, 2010 as it moved from north to south over the Caribbean at a speed of four miles per second. Ground resolution is half meter (19 inches).

To view a YouTube video of more Before and After satellite images go here.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It could be felt strongly in eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away due to the earthquake being shallow meaning that the energy that was released is very close to the surface. The earthquake’s power matched that of several nuclear bombs and about 3 million people were affected by the quake.

Haiti sits on a large fault that has caused catastrophic quakes in the past, but this one was described as among the most powerful to hit the region.

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IKONOS (0.8 m) Satellite Image – President’s Palace (2008)

Before earthquake – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image – President’s Palace (2010)

After earthquake – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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IKONOS (0.8 m) Satellite Image – (2008)

Before earthquake – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image – (2010)

After earthquake – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Damage and Recovery Assessments

The above satellite images show before and after the earthquake causing widespread destruction to communities, buildings and roads. Satellite imagery is used to get ground and air assessments of the damage to help rescue and relief workers to focus on their efforts to respond to emergencies and natural hazards.

Satellite images and aerial photography greatly aids rescue efforts  for emergency personnel to access damage from earthquakes and allowing state and government agencies the ability to view the damage from multiple vantage points. The spatial resolution of an image determines the ability to view individual features such as buildings and bridges. It also affects the ability to monitor and assess damage conditions. Resolution of approximately 10 meters or smaller are necessary to discern the presence and location of individual buildings, while high resolution imagery of one meter or less can distinguish damage conditions of individual buildings, roads and structures.

What Caused the Earthquake

Topography Along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, Haiti

More Photos

Mass Graves in Haiti

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Capture Construction of Iran’s Hidden Nuclear Site Near Qom

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The GeoEye-1 satellite sensor captured Iran’s hidden nuclear site under construction near Qom in September of 2009. Hidden in the hills, construction was started at the uranium enrichment site during 2006. The complex is on a military base controlled by Iran, making access difficult. But through information from satellite imagery, Iranian dissidents and other human intelligence, a sufficiently detailed picture was built up to convince investigators that Iran was preparing to make nuclear fuel there.

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The IKONOS satellite sensor collected this 0.8m Satellite Image on February 5, 2000 showing pre-construction and imagery from the GeoEye-1 satellite (below) shows present construction. GeoEye-1 image taken on September 26, 2009 from 423 miles in space as Virginia based GeoEye’s newest satellite, GeoEye-1, moved from north to south over the Middle East at a speed of 7.5 km per second.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image Detailed View of Uranium Enrichment Site – Qom, Iran

To view a video of zoomed in high resolution details of site go here

According to IHS Janes, who did the analysis of the imagery, the imagery shows a well fortified facility with a main entrance, which was seen under construction early this year, and is now a building that abuts and provides access into the mountain. Small round ventilation shafts in the center of the mountain are near completion. Quarry equipment, a surface-to-air missile site, and more construction equipment surround the mountain. This facility is still under construction.

The small-scale site discovered near Qom is meant to house no more than 3,000 centrifuges. The enriching machines in Qom facility will produce nuclear fuel, which could possibly be further enriched into material for atomic warheads.

The global standoff over Iran’s nuclear program began in 2002 with the discovery of two large nuclear facilities in Natanz and Arak. Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes to generate electricity. Iran says it has built the facility inside a mountain next to a military site to protect its nuclear activities in case of an attack by the US or Israel.

Iran’s Existing Nuclear Sites

Arak – Heavy Water Plant

A 40 MWt heavy water moderated research reactor which should be ready for commissioning in 2014.

Natanz – Uranium Enrichment Plant

This once secret site was one of the two exposed by Alireza Jafarzadeh in August, 2002. Under the terms of Iran’s safeguards agreement, Iran was under no obligation to report the existence of the site while it was still under construction. There are currently approximately 7,000 centrifuges installed at Natanz, of which 5,000 are producing low enriched uranium.

Isfahan- Uranium Conversion Plant

A nuclear research facility that currently operates four small nuclear research reactors, all supplied by China.  The Uranium Conversion Facility at Isfahan converts yellowcake into uranium hexafluoride. As of late October 2004, the site is 70% operational with 21 of 24 workshops completed. There is also a Zirconium Production Plant (ZPP) located nearby that produces the necessary ingredients and alloys for nuclear reactors.

Bushehr – Nuclear Power Station

Construction was completed in March 2009. The plant is planned to begin production by August 22, 2009 and would be brought up to full capacity by the end of March 2010.

Watch video of  New York Post – Iran: The Nuclear Question

Latest News Update (November 17, 2009) – Russia delays Iranian reactor, Turkey awaits response on uranium storage

News Update (November 27, 2009) – Iran rebuked over nuclear ‘cover-up’ by UN watchdog

Governments and private enterprises throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, are quickly learning the value of Remote Sensing and GIS in maximizing security programs. This type of information can enable local governments to better assess and understand how to develop programs to save lives, protect property and enhance the future economic stability of their communities. The current threats to a country range from incidents of terrorism and information attacks on critical infrastructure to the potential use of weapons of mass destruction. Each one of these threats could cause massive casualties and disruption to a country.

By combining satellite imagery and terrain elevation databases from high resolution satellite images from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2, Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS and SPOT-5 realistic and true-color 3D terrain visualizations can be created of any location on Earth for flight training, battlefield management, mission rehearsal, research, and other activities which provide vital information for aerial mission planners and command information systems. To view a 3d Fly Through flight simulations of another nuclear site go here.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Mineral Exploration Using Satellite Images for Geological Applications

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Satellite Remote Sensing has been a standard first step for the mineral and petroleum exploration industry. Satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2, QuickBird, IKONOS, ASTER and LANDSAT 7 +ETM have benefited geologists, scientists and exploration managers in earth sciences due to the advantage of large scale mapping and the sensors containing multiple band colors which allows them to interpret wavelengths that cannot be seen by the human eye, such as near infrared, short wave infrared and thermal infrared to identify the difference in structural features of the earth’s surface.

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IKONOS Satellite Image of Mining Operations in Nevada

Multispectral imaging and thematic mapping allows researchers to collect data of reflection and absorption properties of soils, rock, and vegetation. This data could be utilized to interpret actual surface lithology to identify clays, oxides and soils from satellite images.

The use of satellite imagery in mineral exploration, generally a combination of panchromatic and multispectral image data has been used in mineral and petroleum industries over the last decade. With higher resolution satellite sensors increasing over the last decade such as GeoEye-1 (0.41m) and WorldView-2 (0.46m) both providing panchromatic and multispectral full color imagery that is used to utilize enhanced spectral analysis for mapping, monitoring and analyzing landcover classification and extraction of culture data, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) classification and mapping, lithological classification, change detection, environmental monitoringdevelopment, land-use planning, visualization and simulation environments such as digital elevation models (DEMs) and 3d terrain modeling.

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ASTER (15m) Satellite Images of Escondida open-pit mine in Atacama Desert, Chile

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This ASTER image covers 30 by 37 km in the Atacama Desert, Chile and was acquired on April 23, 2000. The Escondida Cu-Au-Ag open-pit mine is at an elevation of 3050 m, and came on stream in 1990. Escondida is related geologically to three porphyry bodies intruded along the Chilean West Fissure Fault System. A high grade supergene cap overlies primary sulfide ore. The top image is a conventional 3-2-1 RGB composite. The bottom image displays SWIR bands 4-6-8 in RGB, and highlights lithologic and alteration differences of surface units. Imagery Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Geologists and Geoscientists have used satellite images to serve as databases from which they can do the following:

  • Pick out rock units (stratigraphy)
  • Study the expression and modes of the origin of landforms (geomorphology)
  • Determine the structural arrangements of disturbed strata (folds and faults)
  • Evaluate dynamic changes from natural events (e.g., floods; volcanic eruptions)
  • Seek surface clues (such as alteration and other signs of mineralization) to subsurface deposits of ore minerals, oil and gas, and groundwater.
  • Function as a visual base on which a geologic map is drawn either directly or on a transparent overlay.

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ASTER Satellite Image of Argyle Diamond Mine, Australia- DEM

A well collated and structured data base integrated into a powerful GIS project can be used to collect and create valuable data for the planning and exploration program for:

  1. The advantage of creating large scale area maps which allows them to examine in single scenes or in mosaics the geological portrayal of Earth on a regional basis.
  2. The ability to analyze multispectral bands quantitatively in terms of numbers permits them to apply special image processing techniques to discern and enhance certain compositional properties of Earth materials.
  3. The capability of merging different types of remote sensing products (e.g., reflectance images with radar or with thermal imagery) or combining these with topographic elevation data (DEMs) and with other kinds of information bases (e.g., thematic maps; geophysical measurements and chemical sampling surveys) enables views of existing or planning of proposed mines.
  4. Mapping subregional surface geology.
  5. Creating field exploration maps with detailed views of access roads.

Remote sensed data and GIS for mineral exploration is a key to management, planning and monitoring programs requiring on accurate information about the land cover in a region. Methods for monitoring vegetation and land change range from intensive field sampling with plot inventories to extensive analysis of remotely sensed data which has proven to be more cost effective for large regions, small site assessment and analysis.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation;

Satellite Imaging Corporation provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite image processing techniques and produce seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaic DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using GIS applications including, flight simulations and terrain modeling for your specific project needs.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910

Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) Help Monitor Global Warming and Climate Change

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The Earth, our home in space, is a varied and dynamic place. Since the beginning of human history we have sought a better understanding of the world around us. With the new technology of the aerospace age and satellite image technology, we can look back and appreciate the diversity and the beauty of the Earth in a way not possible until the 20th century.

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Geoeye-1 Satellite Sensor – Panchromatic and Multispectral Imaging

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Since 1990′s a new generation of satellite sensors with powerful capabilities have been launched to collect massive amounts of data about our planet and the many changes it has experienced.

There are dozens of remote sensing satellites orbiting the Earth collecting invaluable information about the Earth’s surface, oceans and the atmosphere and how they interact. Satellite images have been collected for scientific and technical purposes as well as just appreciating its simple beauty. These satellites collect information that our eyes cannot, collections from 30M to 0.5M resolution is now available.

Satellite images provide important land coverage information for mapping and classification of land cover features, such as vegetation, soil, water and forests for monitoring and managing Earth’s vital natural resources and the current global climate changes.

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Typhoon Morakot, Tawain – QuickBird Satellite Image (0.61m)

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The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. From glacial periods (or “ice ages”) where ice covered significant portions of the Earth to interglacial periods where ice retreated to the poles or melted entirely – the climate and the Earth has continuously changed.

The shallow end of the Glaciers are melting swiftly. Glaciologists have determined that areas of the glacial lobe were 98 feet lower in 2004 than they were in 2000. That’s double the rate of pre-1999 thinning.

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Landsat Satellite Image of Antarctica

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.

Scientists have been able to piece together a picture of the Earth’s climate dating back decades to millions of years ago by analyzing a number of surrogate, or “proxy,” measures of climate such as ice cores, boreholes, tree rings, glacier lengths, pollen remains, and ocean sediments, and by studying changes in the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

To view a Tour of Our Cryosphere (Glacial Melting) go here.

Deforestation in Bolivia, SA from 1975 to 2000

San Bernadino, CA Wildfires

Deforestation of Rondonia, Brazil from 1975 to 2009

Five-Year Average Global Temperature Anomalies for 1888,1918,1948,1978, 2008

Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. Studying this data collected over many years reveal the signals of a changing climate.

Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will increase during the next century unless greenhouse gas emissions decrease substantially from present levels. Increased greenhouse gas concentrations are very likely to raise the Earth’s average temperature, influence precipitation and increase in storm patterns as well as raise sea levels. The magnitude of these changes, however, is uncertain.

Digital Elevation Models

Satellite images allow scientists to remove vegetation, water and geological cover from the image data which allows them to produce the most detailed available Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of landscape topography. The creation of DEMs will revolutionize geological applications, land-use studies, soil science, and much more to better understand the global climate changes occurring around the world.

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Eritrea, Africa – IKONOS Satellite Image over 6m IKONOS Stereo DEM

Digital elevation models provide details about landscape features which in result, will allow us to clearly make out the shape of our landscape and understand how water, ice, and  soil might move across its surface, how it came to be its present shape and how rapidly the changes are occurring.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC) delivers 3D terrain models with posting intervals from 3m to 90m. The high resolution <1m Satellite imaging mosaics and 3m-5m DEMs provide operators with the appropriate planning tools to reduce the risk of environmental impact during operations and improve on safety procedures. SIC provides a large amount of satellite remote sensing data at different spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions from sensors such as GeoEye-1, Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5, LANDSAT and ASTER, by using the appropriate combination of bands to bring out the geographical and manmade features that are most pertinent to your project for detecting and monitoring changes.

Satellite Imaging Corporation combines orthorectified satellite images and digital aerial photography mosaics with extracted vector and client-supplied attribute data to create single, data-rich images for GIS and other mapping applications to achieve a multi-layered result for many types of analysis.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
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Sentinel-3 ESA’s Next Generation Satellite Scheduled to Launch in 2013

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Sentinel-3 satellite which is scheduled to launch in 2013 is the third in a series of five space missions European Space Agency (ESA) is developing for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. The missions main objective is to determine the parameters of sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature as well as ocean and land surface color.

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Sentinel 3 Satellite Sensor

Image Credit: ESA

Sentinel-3 will support services related to the marine environment, such as maritime safety services that need ocean surface-wave information, ocean-current forecasting services that need surface-temperature information, and sea-water quality and pollution monitoring services that require advanced ocean color products from both the open ocean and coastal areas.

Sentinel 3 Technical Overview

The mission’s optical sensors will comprise an Ocean Land Color Instrument (OLCI), which is based on Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS), and a Sea Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), which is a successor to Envisat’s Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR). Sentinel-3 will serve numerous land, atmospheric and cryospheric application areas such as land-use change monitoring, forest cover mapping and fire detection.

The high-inclination orbit of Sentinel-3 brings the added benefit of routine altimetric observations of marine and land ice in the Arctic and Antarctic high-latitude regions. GMES Sentinel-3 shall provide continuity to the high-resolution along track marine and land ice surface measurements of CryoSat, and shall result in the continued ability to derive sea-ice thickness and ice sheet topography from elevation profiles.

Satellite Image Data for Sea Floor Mapping and Coastal Management

Remote sensing data from satellite sensors, aerial photography and LIDAR for coastal management has been highly effective in acquiring information for marine habitat mapping, water quality monitoring, oil spill detection, emergencies, environmental impact, red tide monitoring, and mapping of reclamation activities for many years.

Satellite images from high resolution satellite sensors and moderate resolution sensors can provide researchers and scientists with data for assessment and analysis of water temperature, salinity, phytoplankton, hydrology, shoreline changes, bathymetry, soil moisture and potential threats to our coasts. Assessments and predictive capabilities through satellite imagery from satellite sensors incorporated with GIS mapping are needed to predict onset of events that may significantly affect human health, critical wetlands and ecosystems, and economic development.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company, provides global satellite imaging and processing services for a number of industries, including oil and gas, mining, cadastre, tax mapping, construction, environmental, forestry and agriculture.

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified Satellite Imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including, flight simulations, terrain modeling, engineering and construction using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com