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Satellite Image of Nikumaroro Island – Amelia Earhart’s Final Destination?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

IKONOS (1m) Satellite Image of Nikumaroro Island (Gardner Island) in the Republic of Kiribati

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New evidence reported by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), a non-profit foundation promoting aviation archaeology and historic aircraft preservation shows that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan possibly landed and eventually died on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.

TIGHAR concluded that 57 of the 120 signals reported at the time are credible, triangulating Earhart’s position to have been Nikumaroro Island. Reports show that Amelia Earhart radioed their position, then landed on a reef at uninhabited Gardner Island, a small coral atoll now known as Nikumaroro Island that might have caused caused the “Electra” airliner to be swept away and that they lived for a time as castaways only to eventually perish on the uninhabited island.

Other evidence and artifacts found years ago on the island include broken glass, large numbers of fish, bird and turtle bones, several hundred mollusk shells, bone fragments, cosmetic jar, dried fecal matter that might be of human origin and a possible landing gear.

The Disappearance

Amelia Earhart the first woman and the second person to solo the Atlantic was last heard from on July 2, 1937. Earhart and Noonan, low on fuel and unable to find their next scheduled stopping point Howland Island, flew into overcast skies and intermittent rain showers. This made Noonan’s premier method of tracking and celestial navigation difficult. Earhart radioed the USCGC Itasca and was sent a stream of transmissions but she could not hear them. Her radio transmissions, irregular through most of the flight, were faint or interrupted with static. The ship tried to reply, but the plane seemed not to hear. At 8:45 Earhart reported, “We are on the line 157 337 …. We are running on line north and south.” Nothing further was heard from Earhart.

A rescue attempt commenced immediately and became the most extensive air and sea search in naval history. On July 19, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation. In 1938, a lighthouse was constructed on Howland Island in her memory.

The expedition is on-going and TIGHAR researchers will return to the area to search for the famous aircraft “Electra” that was believed to have been swept off a Pacific reef in 1937.

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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 archaeology, oil and gas, mining, cadastre, tax mapping, construction, environmental, forestry and agriculture.

The company specializes in high and medium resolution satellite imaging products and technology producing seamless orthorectified Satellite Imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using GIS and CAD applications including, environmental studies, culture extraction, exploration for natural resources, engineering/construction utilizing high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data and specialized Image processing techniques.

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H.A.W.X. 2 – Satellite Images Create 3D Simulation Worlds in Tom Clancy’s Video Games

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Satellite Images have gained popularity in the video game industry and continue to grow. With the availability of high resolution Stereo Satellite Imagery such as GeoEye-1 (0.5m) and IKONOS (0.8m) gamers can experience video games in a realistic 3D simulated world such as Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. and H.A.W.X. 2.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Images Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2
(Satellite Image Copyright © 2010 GeoEye)

Jet fighters battle it out above dramatic mountainous terrain in Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 with realistic Earth imagery by GeoEye.

(Image from Xbox 360 version)

GeoEye-1 Satellite Imagery has been used to map the ground of Ubisoft’s air-combat title Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC and the Wii system from Nintendo.

The high resolution satellite imagery is taken from the GeoEye-1 satellite sensor from 423 miles from Earth with diverse vistas, including mountains, deserts, mountainous coastal regions and some well known cities, like Cape Town, South Africa allows piloting the planes with very realistic experience.

To view more high resolution satellite images of H.A.W.X. 2 in XBOX 360 version visit here.

Video – Making of H.A.W.X. 2 using GeoEye satellite imagery.

Watch Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Trailer Clip.

Watch interview with GeoEye Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

3D Simulation Modeling

Stereo Satellite images in support of a detailed terrain surface elevation model can assist video game developers to create a simulation model and visualize the urban and landscape space in three dimensions. 3D terrain models have a variety of applications and provide accurate cartographic feature extraction, map updating, digital city modeling and 3D city models in urban areas which are essential to virtual reality environments. While they are generally used to simply visualize the built environment, they are now being used as 3D interfaces for more sophisticated simulation modeling.

To view a 3D Terrain Model example, click here.

In most of these cases the models of buildings, urban features, terrain surface, and vegetation are the primary features of interest. LiDAR data (Light Detection And Ranging) is a mature technology for obtaining the Digital Surface Models (DSM’s) of the earth’s surface. It is a fast method for sampling the earth’s surface with a high density and high positional accuracy. This data when combined with satellite imagery can be used to create highly detailed Digital Surface Models (DSM’s) and eventually Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) to create a 3D virtual world.

LiDAR can generate a three-dimensional dense, geo-referenced points cloud for the reflective terrain surface. The original LiDAR data consists of tremendous points returned from all possible reflective terrain objects, including bare-earth, buildings, bridges, vehicles, trees, and other non-ground features. For many topographic, hydrographic, agricultural, and construction applications, the non-ground (bare-earth) returns must be detected, separated and removed in order to generate the digital terrain model.

A general classification of 3D city models, based on their operational purposes, might be organized around four main types:

* 3D CAD (computer aided design) models of cities
* Static 3D GIS (geographic information systems) models of cities
* Navigable 3D GIS models of cities
* 3D urban simulation model

If a 3D simulation modeling and visualization application requires good detail pertaining to the terrain features and terrain slopes for critical project decisions, an accurate digital terrain model (DTM) and a digital surface model (DSM) must be available.

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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, IKONOS, WorldView-2 WorldView-1, QuickBird and other high resolution 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
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Magnolia, Texas  77355-8603
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283.2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832.237.2900

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Satellite Images of 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Satellite images of Whistler Olympic Park and Cypress Mountain in Canada hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games a major international multi-sport event held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America. Whistler has over 8,000 acres, the highest peak-to-peak gondola and the longest unsupported lift in the world.

GoeEye-1 satellite image (0.5 meter resolution) below features Cypress Mountain, located in Cypress Provincial Park, adjacent to the District of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Freestyle skiing and snowboard events are held here. The image was taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite from 423 miles in space on Feb. 19, 2010 as it moved from north to south over Canada at a speed of four miles per second. (Image credit: GeoEye)

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This is a Worldview-2 satellite image (0.5 meter resolution) below of Cypress Mountain, Olympics Venue in Vancouver, Canada for moguls, aerials and snowboarding competitions.  (Image credit: DigitalGlobe).

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The satellite image below of Whistler Olympic Park was taken by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite (1 meter resolution) from 423 miles in space on Jan. 16, 2010 at 10:35 a.m. (local) time as it moved from north to south over Canada at a speed of four miles per second. Nordic and sliding events are held here. (Image credit: GeoEye)

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QuickBird Satellite Image (0.6 meter resolution) below of Whistler Olympic Park Vancouver, British Columbia – Slide Center. (Image Credit: DigitalGlobe)

Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics

Whistler is a resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Vancouver.

All alpine skiing events are being held on Whistler Mountain and sliding events (bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) are being held on Blackcomb Mountain. Cypress Mountain (located in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver) is hosting the 2010 freestyle skiing (aerials, moguls, and ski cross), and all 2010 snowboard events (half-pipe, parallel giant slalom, snowboard cross).

Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb. Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s.

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