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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

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
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

WorldView-2 Satellite Scheduled to Launch October 8

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Worldview-2 satellite is scheduled to launch October 8, 2009, aboard a Delta II rocket procured from United Launch Alliance (ULA). The launch is scheduled for 11:38 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. WorldView-2 is the third satellite Ball Aerospace has built for DigitalGlobe’s constellation of commercial remote sensing satellites. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation successfully completed and passed environmental testing for the Worldview-2 satellite. To watch launch go here.

The WorldView-2 sensor will provide a high resolution Panchromatic (0.46m) band and eight (8) Multispectral bands; four (4) standard colors (red, green, blue, and near-infrared 1) and four (4) new bands (coastal, yellow, red edge, and near-infrared 2), full-color images for enhanced spectral analysis, mapping and monitoring applications, land-use planning, disaster relief, exploration, defense and intelligence, and visualization and simulation environments.

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Image Copyright © Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation

WorldView-2 environmental testing included thermal vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic interference, vibration, shock, and acoustic testing to confirm the design integrity of the spacecraft, according to the company. The Ball Aerospace BCP 5000 spacecraft, utilized for both WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, is designed to handle both next-generation optical and synthetic aperture radar remote sensing payloads and is reportedly meeting or exceeding all performance specifications on the operational WorldView-1 satellite. The high performance BCP 5000 has a design life of more than seven years.

To view Worldview-2 Technical Data click here.

DigitalGlobe currently operates the QuickBird satellite launched in October 2001, which can collect panchromatic images with 0.61-meter resolution and multispectral (BGRN) images with 2.44-meter resolution at Nadir. It is expected to operate until 2009. DigitalGlobe further operates the WorldView-1 high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system launched on September 18, 2008 providing Mono and Stereo half-meter resolution imagery (0.46- meter) to the Geospatial Industry. Operating at an altitude of 496 kilometers, WorldView-1 has an average revisit time of 1.7 days and is capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 square miles) per day of halfmeter imagery. The satellite also is equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy of <2m without GCP’s while with one (1) or two (2) GCP’s the geospatial position accuracy can be improved to <1m and further exhibits stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

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 such as GeoEye-1, Worldview-1, QuickBird and IKONOS.

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: http://www.satimagingcorp.com

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.

DigitalGlobe Anticipates Launch of WorldView-2 Satellite Late in 2008

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

 

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 is anticipated to launch in late 2008, pending finalization of customer contracts. WorldView-1 was launched in September 2007 and has been providing the highest resolution images ever captured by a commercial imaging system.

The WorldView-2 sensor will provide a high resolution Panchromatic band and eight (8) Multispectral bands; four (4) standard colors (red, green, blue, and near-infrared 1) and four (4) new bands (coastal, yellow, red edge, and near-infrared 2), full-color images for enhanced spectral analysis, mapping and monitoring applications, land-use planning, disaster relief, exploration, defense and intelligence, and visualization and simulation environments.

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Image Credit: DigitalGlobe © 2008 All Rights Reserved.

To View WORLDVIEW-2 SATELLITE SENSOR CHARACTERISTICS Click Here

The WorldView-2 imaging payload is the second such system engineered and manufactured by ITT Space Systems Division for DigitalGlobe. Once deployed, operating at an altitude of 800 kilometers, the advanced imaging system to date will take pan-sharpened, multispectral images of the earth with better than 0.5-meter resolution from almost 500 miles above the Earth and will supply unprecedented detail and geospatial accuracy, further expanding the applications for satellite imagery in both commercial and government markets. Added spectral diversity will provide the ability to perform precise change detection and mapping.

The WorldView-2 telescope will have a 110-cm aperture and fly at a higher altitude of 770 km. It will provide the same panchromatic half-meter resolution imagery as WorldView I, in addition to 1.8-meter multispectral resolution imagery.

Worldview-2 will also have the ability for direct tasking, which will allow select customers around the world to load imaging profiles directly up to the spacecraft and execute delivery of the data directly down to their own ground stations.

WorldView-1 Update:

New Results for WorldView-1 at <2-meter Geospatial position accuracy with no ground control points!

PCI Geomatics has demonstrated by utilizing the PCI OrthoEngine module that the WorldView-1 satellite sensor can provide geospatial position accuracies of <2m without the use of GCP’s, saving you time and money. In fact, by adding 1 or more GCPs to a single scene or strip, expect accuracies of well under 1m RMSE.

What does this mean?

Obtain highly accurate results, even in areas where you don’t have much ground reference data

Create large mosaics without GCPs for anywhere in the world and still obtain high-accuracy reference images

Update your satellite base maps, including images in Google Earth or Yahoo Maps

Our unique Pan Sharpening techniques adds even more to the value, allowing WorldView-1 data to be merged with high-resolution color imagery (from QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT5, Aerial Photography and more) for high resolution color scenes.

DigitalGlobe currently operates the QuickBird satellite, which can collect black-and-white, or panchromatic, images with 0.61-meter resolution at Nadir. The satellite, launched in October 2001, also collects multispectral images with 2.5 meter resolution. It is expected to operate until 2009. WorldView-1 high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. Operating at an altitude of 496 kilometers, WorldView-1 has an average revisit time of 1.7 days and is capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 square miles) per day of half-meter imagery. The satellite also is equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy of <2m without GCP’s while with one (1) or two (2) GCP’s the geospatial position accuracy is <1m and further exhibits stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

For more information on our products and services please contact us.

 

 

New WorldView-1 Satellite Images

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

DigitalGlobe today revealed the first images from WorldView-1, the highest resolution, most agile commercial satellite ever flown. WorldView-1 was successfully launched on September 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base and is expected to be fully operational and delivering imagery products by the end of the year if not sooner.WorldView-1′s first images include half-meter snapshots from: Houston, Texas, USA acquired October 2, 2007 Yokohama, Japan acquired October 5, 2007 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia acquired October 5, 2007

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Houston, Texas

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Yokohama, Japan

For WorldView-1 Satellite Sensor specifications Click Here

WorldView-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencys (NGA) NextView program, and was partially financed through an agreement with the NGA. The majority of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA will also be available for distribution through DigitalGlobes Image Library. Additionally, WorldView-1 immediately frees capacity on DigitalGlobes QuickBird to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.

Frequent revisits increase image collection opportunities, enhance change detection applications and enable accurate map updates. The satellite is capable of collecting, storing and downlinking more frequently updated global imagery products than any other commercial imaging satellite in orbit, allowing for expedited image capture, processing and delivery to customers where speed is a driving factor. WorldView-1 is equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability and exhibits unprecedented agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

WorldView-1 is expected to be in operation for about seven years, it is the first of two advanced remote sensing satellites that DigitalGlobe plans to launch. DigitalGlobe has said its sister satellite WorldView-2 will be launched late next year.