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Satellite Imaging Corporation using GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor to acquire Stereo Imagery at 0.5m Resolution for Production of 2m Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)

Monday, March 9th, 2009

With the successful launch of GeoEye-1 satellite sensor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on September 6, 2008 at 11:50:57 Hrs (PST), successful completion of testing and calibration GeoEye released the satellite for commercial orders on February 5, 2009.

Since February 5, 2009, Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC) received orders from various customers to acquire new GeoEye-1 mono and stereo satellite imagery with image resolution of 0.5 meter supporting county tax mapping, engineering/ construction, mining, land development and natural resources management.

Satellite imagery is used for many GIS and CAD applications requiring detailed up-to-date image data for planning purposes and change detection. For three-dimensional (3D) applications, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), and contours can be delivered through high cost aircraft based LiDAR surveys. But with constricted budgets, elevation data is sometimes obtained from old and unreliable data sources with 10 meter or 30 meter postings. For international project planning, many exploration and engineering companies are limited to 30m ASTER DEM data sets or Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) 90 meter DEM data to have access to digital terrain models. When local topographic maps are available at a suitable scale, elevation contours are sometimes extracted from the topographic maps.

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3 Meter IKONOS DSM – Pipeline Corridor

The GeoEye-1 and IKONOS satellite sensors provide the best solution for organizations and companies requiring cost-effective high-resolution image data and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs).

“With the increased geo-location position accuracy of the GeoEye-1 satellite sensor the number of required GPS derived Ground Control Points (GCP’s) can be drastically reduced, thereby reducing operational cost and security risks in foreign countries, making the GeoEye-1 satellite sensor a platform of choice to acquire 0.5 meter high-resolution imagery and DEM products.” said Leopold Romeijn, President of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Covering large areas a horizontal position accuracy of <1 meter can be obtained with just one or two GCP’s, and without any GCP’s, geo-location accuracies of <5 meter can be achieved depending on terrain conditions and collection geometry during the time of image data collection.

GIS and CAD professionals are now able to work with satellite imagery at 0.5 meter resolution, 2 meter digital raster DEMs, 1 meter elevation contours and TIN models, thereby facilitating a 3D computer work environments, supporting the planning and construction of roads, facilities, pipelines and many other project applications.

Somali Pirates Hijacked Tanker, M/V Sirius Star, Located by GeoEye IKONOS High-Resolution Satellite Sensor

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

GeoEye IKONOS Satellite collects high-resolution (<1m) image on November 20th, 2008 of the hijacked supertanker Sirius Star owned by ARAMCO of Saudi Arabia. The vessel is located 5 miles off the Somalia coast at WGS-84 ECEF Latitude 4.595? North and Longitude 48.085? East. The IKONOS Satellite Image was acquired from 423 miles in space while the IKONOS satellite was moving from north to south over the East coast of Africa at 17,000 mph. (4 miles per second).

The IKONOS satellite IKONOS Satellite sensor acquired a high-resolution satellite image of the supertanker M/V Sirius Star hijacked by Somali pirates on Saturday November 15 2008.

IKONOS Satellite Image of Sirius Star Supertanker

The brand new M/V Sirius Star supertanker, with a 25-member crew and owned by Saudi oil company Aramco, is 330 meters (1,083 feet) long, about the length of an aircraft carrier, making it one of the largest ships to sail the seas. The area lies far south of the zone where warships have increased their patrols this year in the Gulf of Aden, one of the busiest channels in the world, leading to and from the Suez Canal, and the scene of most past attacks.

It was the largest vessel seized yet in a surge of pirate attacks, and the farthest out to sea that the well-armed fighters, bolstered by millions in past ransoms, have successfully struck. Maritime experts warned that the broad daylight attack, reported by the U.S. Navy on Monday November 17, 2008 , was an alarming sign of the difficulty of patrolling a vast stretch of ocean key for oil and other cargo traffic and confirmed the vessel, carrying around 2million barrels of oil, has anchored off the coast of Somalia near the city of Harardera.

Remote sensing technology provides an additional security tool to monitor business assets on a global level. With the successful launch of the GeoEye-1 Satellite on September 6th, 2008 providing image resolutions of 0.5m, more information can be analyzed and Rush security tasking collections become faster than ever.

For GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor specifications Click Here.

For more information about IKONOS or GeoEye-1 satellite imaging products and satellite tasking services for security and other applications, please contact us.

Virunga National Park Gorilla Murders – Caught in the Line of Fire – Satellite Imaging Update

Friday, July 4th, 2008

On July 2007, four rare mountain gorillas from the Rugendo Family were senselessly shot execution style in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Virunga National Parks. An estimated 700 of these primates remain in the wild, and this is one of the worst massacres of mountain gorillas since scientist Dian Fossey began battling poachers 40 years ago in the very same region. The question remains who killed these magnificent creatures and most of all why?

Kuryama the Mountain Gorilla

Orphan – “Nedeze”

Orphan – “Ndakasi”

Photo Credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Virunga National Park established in 1925 is Africa’s First National Park, bordered by Uganda and Rwanda contains 790,000 hectares of the greatest diversity of habitats that range from glaciers at 16,000 ft to lowland forest at 1,800 ft, and include savannas, wetlands, bamboo, montane forest, and active volcanoes. It harbors more bird (706) and mammal (196) species than any other Park in Africa, and contains 109 reptiles, 78 amphibians, at least 2,077 plant species. From steppes, savannas and lava plains, swamps, lowland and forests to volcanoes, thousands of hippopotamuses and elephants live in the park’s rivers and its mountains are a critical area for the survival of the endangered mountain and lowland gorillas.

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Virunga National Parks Volcano 3D Terrain Model

Virunga National Parks and its endangered mountain gorillas have been caught in a deadly crossfire for years between militia groups and the Congolese Army. It is a bloody conflict complicated by the pressures of a surging refugee population and an illegal $30 million charcoal trade decimating the park and threatening the gorillas’ lives.

On Tuesday, July 1st and 5th, 2008, National Geographic Channel’s “Explorer: Gorilla Murders” reports from eastern DRC, with the full untold story behind the massacre. National Geographic journalists will be the first Westerners to gain access to the gorilla sector of the park since the killings occurred. National Geographic presents exclusive testimonials from eyewitnesses, who discuss the hunt to bring the perpetrators to justice and the desperate efforts to protect the remaining gorillas, including a lucky little infant who was found still clinging to its mother.

For more information on this special episode visit National Geographic.

“Explorer: Gorilla Murders” is produced by National Geographic Television and Film. Executive producer is Jonathan Halperin, senior producer is Robert Zakin and producer/director is Michael Davie. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kathleen Cromley; senior vice president of production is Juliet Blake; and executive vice president of content is Steve Burns.

To view our story on “How Conservationist and Scientists Use Satellite Image Technology to Monitor the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Parks go here.

More on the massacred Rugendo Gorilla Family.

To read Dian Fossey’s Articles in National Geographic

Wildlife Direct – read the latest up to minute news about the mountain gorillas, cheetahs, rhinos, bonobos, and other large African wildlife.

About Us

Satellite Imaging Corporation provides satellite imagery and GIS mapping in support of conservation for groups such as Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and provides imagery with valuable information on land cover and use changes for wildlife protected areas utilizing satellite sensors such as QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5, LANDSAT, ASTER, ALOS and Aerial Photography for assessment and monitoring of our forests.

Satellite images provide extremely useful information to Conservationists, Scientists and Researchers in viewing out-of-the-way remote places. Conservationists, for example, must monitor far-flung areas in need of protection. Wars, poverty, remoteness, lack of government involvement, and uncertainty over the best places and ways to focus limited resources can all hinder conservation efforts. Now, satellite imagery is giving scientists and conservationists some of the tools they need to get valuable information on land cover and land use changes in wild areas that are in need of protection.

Satellite Image Animation of Palm Jumeirah Island, UAE Project Development

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Satellite Images of the Palm islands construction project helped engineering companies organize, plan and monitor Dubai number one tourist destination. The three large man-made resort islands (Jumeirah, Jebel Ali and Deira) are built on the shorelines of Dubai, UAE which added 520 km of beaches to the city. Two of the islands are designed in the shape of a date palm tree and the most current project, island Deira will be shaped in a corniche.

Animation of The Palm Jumeirah Island, UAE
Construction and Development
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IKONOS Satellite Images
December 2001 – October 2003

To View Detailed IKONOS Satellite Image Click here and zoom in

The islands are artificial peninsulas constructed of sand dredged from the bottom of the Arabian Gulf which is sprayed by dredging onto the required area in a process known as rainbowing due to the way the sand arcs when sprayed. The outer edge of each Palm encircling crescent is a large rock to breakwater. The island supports luxury hotels, freehold residential villas, unique water homes, shoreline apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and various diving sites.

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The project took four years of planning to ensure that the project would not disrupt the environment during the development. The development of each island included construction of the land foundations with sand transfer and rock placement, followed by building the infrastructure, supplying utility services, bridges linking the islands to the mainland and construction of homes and resorts.

The third island Palm Deira at 1.14 billion cubic meters of sand and will be the worlds largest man-made island and will reside homes to about one million people and should be expected to be completed by 2015.

Satellite Images of Seven Wonders of the World

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Satellite Images and Photos of the new Seven Wonders of the World based on over 100 million votes from 200 countries was selected on July 7th, 2007. These images are made possible by cutting edge satellite technology.

Seven Wonders – Satellite Views

Petra – Jordan

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Petra, Jordan meaning in Greek is an archaeological site in Jordan, lying in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is famous for having many stone structures carved into the rock. The long-hidden site was revealed to the Western world by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 Goeye. All Rights Reserved.

Machu, Picchu – Peru

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One of the most famous Incan cities in the world, sun alignments are found throughout Machu Picchu. Many features, including the Sacred Plaza, The Temple of Three Windows and The Intihuatana platform, align with the summer solstice azimuth of 65-245 degrees. Scientists believe these alignments were primary considerations in the construction of the shrines. A shaft of light, shining through an east-facing window, reportedly illuminates The Torreon, or Temple of the Sun, during the summer solstice. The city was built between 1460 and 1470 AD at an altitude of 8,000 feet. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 Goeye. All Rights Reserved.

Christ the Redeemer – Brazil

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Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue stands 38 m (105 feet) tall, weighs 700 tons and is located at the peak of the 700-m (2296-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park at WGS84 Latitude: 22° 57 5S and Longitude: 43° 12 39W, overlooking the city. As well as being a potent symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 DigitalGlobe. All Rights Reserved.

Great Wall of China

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ASTER Great Wall of China Great Wall

The Great Wall started as earth works thrown up for protection by different States. The individual sections weren’t connected until the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.). It was during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) that the Wall took on its present form. The brick and granite work was enlarged and sophisticated designs were added. The Ming Emperors, having overthrown the Hun dominance and expelled their Mongol rulers of the North devoted large portions of available material and manpower to making sure that they didn’t return. The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass. Satellite Image: NASA/Japanese Space Team

Chichen Itza – Mexico

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IKONOS – Chichen Itza, Mexico Chichen Itza

In a spectacular show of shadow and light, a shadow representing the Feathered Serpent god Kukulkan slides down the northern stairway of Chichen Itza during sunset of the equinoxes and then vanishes. The square, stepped pyramid, built by Mayans in about 1000 to 1200 AD also has axes that orient with the rising point of the sun at the summer solstice and setting point during the winter solstice. Many think the pyramid also serves as a calendar. Each of the four faces of the pyramid has a stairway with 91 steps. With the addition of a shared step forming a platform at the top, this totals 365, the number of days in a year. The stairways also divide the nine terraces on each side into 18 segments, representing the 18 months of the Mayan calendar. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 Geoeye. All Rights Reserved.

Taj Mahal – India

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IKONOS  Taj Mahal, India Taj Mahal

Located at the city of Agra in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 Goeye. All Rights Reserved.

Colosseum, Rome – Italy

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IKONOS – Colosseum, Italy Colosseum

The Colosseum/Coliseum, Rome, Italy was built from 72-80 A.D., the large, elliptical arena seats 50,000 spectators and represents one of the ancient Rome’s greatest architectural achievements. Completed in 81 AD, it is called the Coloseum after a colossal statue of Nero that once stood nearby. It was used for staged battles, sometimes between lions and Christians and other heretics, among other spectacles, and is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world. The structure covers about 6 acres (188m by 156m or 615 ft by 510 ft) and stands 48.5 m (158 ft) tall or about 15 stories and took ten years to build. Two of the remaining entrances were used by Emperor Titus and two for the gladiators. Satellite Image: Copyright © 2007 Geoeye. All Rights Reserved.

Success! SIC Captures IKONOS Satellite Imagery for Australia Day Event

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC) was commissioned by Microsoft Pty. in Australia to collect a high resolution IKONOS satellite image on Friday, January 26, 2007 over the town of New Norcia in West Australia on Australia Day, a national Australian holiday.

On January 26, the mission became a complete success when the IKONOS satellite sensor captured a practically cloud-free image of Peace, a scene created from a painting. The satellite imagery was acquired at 02:36:34.8 GMT, or 11:36:34.8 Western Australian time.

IKONOS Satellite Image of New Norcia, Australia
Please click on the image for a larger version.

The 100m x 90m scene was recreated from an image by three Yuat artists. While Sheila Humphries, Fatima Drayton, and Deborah Nannup had never worked together, despite being related, they came together for the project, which was aimed at uniting Australians on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that recognized Aboriginal people as citizens.

One of the three projects photographed from space was part of the National Australia Day Council’s Look Up and Smile project. Titled Peace, the artwork was created by using semi-trailers to carefully lay tones of sand in a sheep paddock that belonged to a 160-year-old Benedictine monk community located in New Norcia. Sheila sees art like religion, as it is about making a link with the past in order to find a way of looking at the present. In 1846, a group of Spanish Benedictine monks arrived to set up a monastery with the purpose of civilizing and evangelizing the Aboriginal people of New Norcia. These symbols are traditional to the Yuat area, and they show men and women who have traveled from outlying campsites to sit in a common place to meet, talk, and tell stories.

RUSH tasking orders for satellite image data around the world are accepted by SIC in support of live events, natural disasters, global security, and various other applications in which FAST delivery of image data is critical. In most instances, we can provide image data within 24 hours after the initial data has been acquired and delivered via FTP and DVD media.

For more information on RUSH tasking and other SIC services, please visit our Web site at http://www.satimagingcorp.com. A Spanish version is also available at http://www.satimagingcorp.es.

Satellite Views of Ancient Observatories

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Satellite Imaging is happy to release views of ten ancient observatories from its collection of IKONOS Satellite images. The locations shown are ancient temples, observatories, and gathering places of civilizations long gone, taken from the IKONOS satellite sensor.

Following are brief descriptions and thumbnail photographs of each observatory site. Click the thumbnails or the More information links to read additional information and see a full size, high-resolution photograph of each site.

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Angkor Wat

Created as a constant reminder of a greater cosmic order, Angkor Wat shows several apparent solar alignments with a nearby mountaintop shrine. More on Angkor Wat

Casa Rinconada – New Mexico, United States

Casa Rinconada

Casa Rinconada, built between 1070 and 1110 AD, sits on an isolated hill about one-half mile across the canyon from Pueblo Bonito. One of the six great community kivas in the area, the structure is about 20 meters across and four to five meters deep. A 1970s survey of the area found this site to have precise solstice and equinox alignments. The main axis of the kiva is aligned through doorways on both the north and south sides. Modeled on a perfect circle, niches in the interior form an east-west line. Scientists who measured the alignments of these features found the accuracy of the north-south alignment to be within 45 arc-seconds or three-quarter of a degree while the error in the east-west alignment is only eight arc-seconds. Solar alignments occur on the winter and summer solstices when sunlight entering the kiva falls upon one of six irregular niches. From a given niche, the sun framed in the narrow window could be seen. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Casa Rinconada in Chaco Canyon on September 7, 2004. Photo credit: GeoEye

Chankillo — Peru

Satellite Image - Chankillo, Peru

About 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Lima, Peru, lies an enigmatic, 2,300-year-old observatory named Chankillo on January 13, 2002, the central complex appears in the upper left with its concentric rings of fortified walls. The Thirteen Towers (Southeast of the central complex) were the key to the scientist’s conclusion that the site was a solar observatory. These regularly spaced towers line up along a hill, separated by about 5 meters (16 feet). The towers are easily seen from Chankillo’s central complex, but the views of these towers from the eastern and western observing points are especially illuminating. Although the dark shapes in the northeast seem like rock outcrops, they are actually trees. These viewpoints are situated so that, on the winter and summer solstices, the sunrises and sunsets line up with the towers at either end of the line. Other solar events, such as the rising and setting of the Sun at the mid-points between the solstices, were aligned with different towers. Photo credit: GeoEye

Chichen Itza — Mexico

Satellite Photo - Chichen Itza, Mexico

In a spectacular show of shadow and light, a shadow representing the Feathered Serpent god Kukulkan slides down the northern stairway of Chichen Itza during sunset of the equinoxes and then vanishes. The square, stepped pyramid, built by Mayans in about 1000 to 1200 AD also has axes that orient with the rising point of the sun at the summer solstice and setting point during the winter solstice. Many think the pyramid also serves as a calendar. Each of the four faces of the pyramid has a stairway with 91 steps. With the addition of a shared step forming a platform at the top, this totals 365, the number of days in a year. The stairways also divide the nine terraces on each side into 18 segments, representing the 18 months of the Mayan calendar. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Chichen Itza on March 5, 2001. Photo credit: GeoEye

Dzibilchaltun — Mexico

Satellite Picture - Dzibilchaltun, Mexico

The highlight of Dzibilchaltun, or “Place of Stone Writing,” is watching the equinox sunrise through a door of the Temple of Seven Dolls. The Mayan city, first built in 300 BC, was occupied when Spaniards discovered the city. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Dzibilchaltun on February 17, 2001. Photo credit: GeoEye

Easter Island — Chile

Satellite Image - Easter Island, Chile

Called the Navel of the World, Easter Island is home to over a half-dozen volcanoes and more than 880 statues called moai (pronounced mo-eye). Ranging from just a few feet to more than 30 feet tall, the enigmatic statues weigh up to 150 tons. They were hewn from volcanic material from quarries on the slopes of the Rano Raraku volcano sometime after 300 AD. While nearly all of the moai face toward the interior of the island, seven moai at Aku Akivi, not shown in the image, face towards the ocean and a point on the horizon where the sun sets during the equinox. Explorer, Captain James Cook gave the island its modern name in 1774. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of eastern Easter Island on December 6, 2003. Photo credit: GeoEye

Machu Picchu — Peru

Satellite Images - Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the most famous Incan cities in the world, sun alignments are found throughout Machu Picchu. Many features, including the Sacred Plaza, The Temple of Three Windows and The Intihuatana platform, align with the summer solstice azimuth of 65-245 degrees. Scientists believe these alignments were primary considerations in the construction of the shrines. A shaft of light, shining through an east-facing window, reportedly illuminates The Torreon, or Temple of the Sun, during the summer solstice. The city was built between 1460 and 1470 AD at an altitude of 8,000 feet. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Machu Picchu on September 8, 2003. Photo credit: GeoEye

Mayapan — Mexico

Aerial Photography - Mayapan, Mexico

Mayapan, reaching its zenith around 1200 AD, represents one of the largest assemblages of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan and is one of the few walled Mayan cities. The largest pyramid is the Castle of Kukulkan, made as a smaller replica of the Castle of Chichen Itza. Mayapan also is home to many circular buildings, or observatories. The Mayas astronomical knowledge helped them predict the exact time of solar and planetary events and aided in the creation of precise calendars.

GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Mayapan on September 19, 2001. Photo credit: GeoEye

Stonehenge — United Kingdom

Satellite Image - Stonehenge, England

Possibly the world’s most recognized ancient observatory, Stonehenge’s ring of stones was built more than 5000 years ago on a wind-swept hill near Salisbury, United Kingdom. Recent theories support construction in about 2000 BC by a late Neolithic people known as the Beakers. Their addition to the project included adding a double ring of stones inside the original earthen henge. More than 80 “bluestones,” some weighing up to four tons, were transported several hundred miles from quarries in Wales. Controversy surrounds some of the possible stellar alignments at Stonehenge, but on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, the rising sun does appear behind the “Heel Stone.” As the sun rises, the shadow cast by the Heel Stone creeps up the length of rock and into the heart of the five interior “sarsen” pillar stones. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Stonehenge on March 27, 2002. Photo credit: GeoEye

Teotihuacan — Mexico

Satellite Map - Teotihuacan, Mexico

Rising 20 stories above the central Mexican highlands, the pyramids of Teotihuacan (pronounced tay-oh-tee-wah-con) were central to Toltec learning and culture. The city, about the size of ancient Athens and Rome, was abandoned about 1500 years ago. Using an advanced understanding of mathematics, geometry and astronomy, the Toltecs built the largest pyramid, “The Pyramid of the Sun,” with an alignment to coincide with the two days (May 19th and July 25th) when the sun would be directly over the top of the pyramid at noon. This would also create an alignment to the east toward the rising sun and to the west for the setting sun. This pyramid has a base only 10 feet shorter on each side than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Teotihuacan on October 12, 2001. Photo credit: GeoEye

Uxmal — Mexico

Satellite Image - Uxmal, Mexico

Founded in about 500 AD, Uxmal (pronounced “oosh-mahl”) was the most powerful site in western Yucatan. Many of the buildings rely simply on well-cut stones with no mortar. Astronomical alignments at Uxmal surround the planet Venus. The orientation of the long Palace of the Governor acts as a sighting with other buildings at Uxmal pointing to the southernmost rise location of Venus, which occurs once every eight years. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took this image of Uxmal on August 8, 2002. Photo credit: GeoEye

Satellite Image of the Month: Surabaya, Indonesia

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Satellite image of Surabaya (formerly Soerabaja) is Indonesia’s second-largest city, and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and the side of Madura Strait. Surabaya derives its name from the words sura (shark) and buaya (crocodile), which have been told in local myth fighting each other in order to gain the title “the strongest and most powerful animal in the area.”

QuickBird Image of Surabaya, Indonesia

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The city was re-occupied by the Dutch in 1947. Because of prolonged international pressure, the Dutch agreed to transfer the sovereignty of its colony in August 1949. Surabaya was ultimately incorporated into Indonesia in December 1949 and rebuilt. The city is now one of the busiest ports in the country. Its principal exports include sugar, tobacco and coffee. It has a large shipyard, and numerous specialized naval schools.

As the main seaport and commercial center in the eastern region of Indonesia, Surabaya has become one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Today, Surabaya’s population is around three million, and the surrounding metropolitan area houses at least 5 million. The areas surrounding Surabaya include Lamongan to the northwest, Gresik to the west, Bangkalan to the northeast, Sidoarjo to the south, and Mojokerto and Jombang to the southwest.

Satellite Image of Fritzler Corn Maze

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Our Satellite Image of the Month is an IKONOS shot of the 2006 Fritzler Corn Maze. Shot on September 29, the image depicts a sweeping Colorado mountain vista:

Thumbnail of the 2006 Fritzler Corn Maze

(Here’s a link to the actual high-resolution, full-size Fritzler Corn Maze satellite image.)

The image on the 2006 maze is actually the same design used on the Colorado state quarter, issued earlier this summer. Located near Greeley, Colorado, the Fritzler Maze (link) bills itself as “Colorado’s original and premier corn maze.”

In case you haven’t clicked over yet, here’s a teaser shot of how the corn maze looks at full size:

The Fritzler Corn Maze at high resolution

Would your business or project benefit from a custom, high-resolution satellite photo to use on your web site or in printed promotional materials? If so, check out our client list, look at our satellite imaging services, or contact Satellite Imaging Corporation today to describe your needs.

Update: North Korea Taepodong Missile Satellite Image

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Over the July 4 US holiday, we did a quick summary of the North Korean Taepodong missile. While we wrote that experts considered a test launch to be imminent, little did we know that within hours of our posting, several test firings would take place.

Following is a thumbnail of our high-resolution IKONOS image of the facility, taken at 82-cm resolution. The thumbnail links to the large version of the image, in which you can distinctly see the following:

Taepodong-2 launching pad

Mission control building

Missile assembly and checkout building

As of this writing, North Korea has launched a total of seven test missiles – with varying success. According to reports, all missiles fell into the Sea of Japan.

While the measured success of the missiles varied, they did succeed in igniting fierce discussion among major powers within the region, as well as the United States, whose borders fall within estimates of the Taepodong-2′s flight range. Japan, China, Russia, and the US each have had varying responses to the tests, and an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Counsel was called on Wednesday in reaction to the events.

About the image: Satellite Imaging Corporation featured image of Taepodong was captured by the GeoEye IKONOS Satellite Sensor. The IKONOS Satellite is capable of .82-meter resolution at nadir, and its high-resolution data makes an integral contribution to homeland security, coastal monitoring and facilitates 3D Terrain analysis. See additional IKONOS images – as well as images from other high-res satellites – in the SIC Satellite Images gallery.