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DigitalGlobe Request US government to Lift Restrictions on Commercial Satellite Imagery

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe has made a request for the US government to lift restrictions on the pixel resolution of available commercial satellite imagery to better compete against non-US-based companies.

DigitalGlobe argues that the quality of commercial aerial photography — like images available on Google and Bing map websites — is in more than 90 countries at 5-centimeters resolution. These images are taken from an aircraft, not a satellite.

The petition was made to the Commerce Department and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to lift restrictions that limit the quality of commercially available satellite images to 0.5 meter resolution.

Without the waiver, US government agencies and strategic partners will be the only customers allowed access to the highest resolution images.

The request was made on May 14, 2013 but has yet to receive a ruling. Astrium has also requested a lift to the French government. Astrium’s Pleiades 1A/1B satellite, offers satellite imagery at 0.5 meter resolution.

Other satellite sensors at 0.5m resolution includes DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1 and the new and upcoming launch during 2014 of WorldView-3 will provide a resolution of 0.31 meters.

By allowing higher resolution satellite imagery to commercial customers will help the US maintain a technological edge over foreign companies.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery and image processing services for analysis and to support Geographic Information System (GIS) and other mapping and research applications.

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

For more information, please contact us.

Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Pleiades-1B Satellite Successfully Launched

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Pleiades-1B satellite was successfully launched on December 2, 2012 built by Astrium was launched off aboard a Soyuz launcher from the European Space Centre in French Guiana.

Pleiades-1B is the second dual-use, very-high-resolution satellite for the Pleiades constellation.

The launch of Pleiades-1B marks the third step in the formation of a constellation of four satellites combining a double daily revisit capability and an ingenious range of resolutions.

Pleiades-1B Satellite Sensor

Image Credit: ASTRIUM

Pleiades-1B Satellite Launch

Pleiades-1 (also known as Pleiades-1A) and 1B satellites will be phased 180° apart in the same near-polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 694 km, enabling daily revisits to any location on the planet which makes it ideal for mapping large scale areas including engineering construction projects, monitoring of mining, industrial and military complexes, conflict zones and crisis/disaster areas, natural disasters, evacuation and rescue operations.

Pleiades-1 and Pleiades-1B will deliver 0.5m imagery products, and SPOT-6 and SPOT 7, designed to assure continuity of service after SPOT-5 (2.5/5m) to supply high-resolution data products at 1.5m resolution. SPOT-6 was launched on September 9, 2012.

In addition to their high precision, the Pleiades satellites are also notable for their remarkable agility, which enables tilted imaging from nadir and operation in several acquisition modes (20 images over 1000 x 1000 km², stereo, 3D, mosaic, corridor, etc.). For more technical information on the Pleaides-1B satellite, please visit here.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

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

For more information, please contact us.

Website: www.satimagingcorp.com