5_22 Remote-Sensing Broadcast (Space Symposium, WorldView-3 and More)

Hello, and welcome to this remote-sensing focused GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Trimble Geospatial Division.

Today’s Top Story is the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium, which was held mid-May at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the largest gathering of the global space community, and Vector1 Media was in attendance. The following are some highlights:

And that was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this brief message.

This episodes’ other major story is the impending launch in August 2014 of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite, the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions. I attended a special media event at the Ball Aerospace facility in Boulder, Colorado, on May 13th, where I was able to see the satellite up close. I even got to wear a “clean suit” for the first time. Yeah, that’s me. Here’s some additional footage from that event:

In industry headlines, Teledyne Brown Engineering and the German Aerospace Center formalized a commercial space-imaging partnership to use the International Space Station for Earth observation, integrating a German spectrometer onto the Space Station’s Multi-User System for Earth Sensing.

Airbus Defence and Space and BAE Systems launched a strategic alliance to produce, market and sell geospatial intelligence products and solutions using data collected exclusively by TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites.

And NASA scientists used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California’s Sierra Nevada. The new results complement other satellite measurements and could provide a reality check for computer models used to estimate the state’s water and snowpack.

I’ve come across many excellent remote-sensing videos lately, so for today’s Final Thought I’m going to leave with a report on microsatellites from BBC’s Richard Taylor.

That’s it for this broadcast, I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.