The recent impact of Hurricane Sandy speaks to a need for greater weather monitoring, particularly in light of an aging constellation of satellites. This coupled with the budgetary constraints on federal agencies provides an opening for private industry to fill in the gaps. PLANETiQ is a new, privately funded start-up company that plans to launch a constellation of micro satellites to provide real-time data about our atmosphere and planet. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke with Anne Hale Miglarese, CEO of PLANETiQ, about the company’s plans and approach.
During the debates of the recent presidential race, both candidates avoided the polarizing issue of climate change, although there was certainly some mention during both campaigns. Now that the Obama administration will continue, many are asking what steps will be taken, particularly in light of the historic east coast storms. Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball recently spoke with Nancy Colleton, president of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and co-founder of the Alliance for Earth Observations, about a recent column that she wrote on the next administration’s priorities and the need to foster Earth observation’s connection between the economy and the environment.
DigitalGlobe has had amazing stock performance of greater than 22 percent growth over the past five years and nearly 30 percent growth over the past year. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Dr. Walter Scott, founder and CTO of DigitalGlobe, about the path the company has taken to achieve this growth as well as the technology roadmap going forward. The proposed merger with GeoEye is still undergoing regulatory approval, so the focus here is on the fundamental value of satellite imagery for monitoring and analysis.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission, a joint project between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, is poised to deliver better data to monitor global land-use change with the planned launch of Landsat 8 early next year. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Jenn Sabers, Remote Sensing Branch Chief, Earth Resources Observations and Science (EROS) Center, U.S. Geological Survey, about the upcoming Landsat mission, the technology, and the important role of meeting the scientific mission.
Earth Eye is a relatively new company that has been focused on LiDAR data capture, and the fusion of LiDAR with other sensor information from both an aerial and mobile mapping platform. Their aircraft has three different sensors on it: a LiDAR, a color electro-optical (EO) imager, and a hyperspectral imager. Their vans have 360 imagers, LiDAR, high-resolution pavement systems, rut bars — a number of different sensor technologies on one robust solution platform. Special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Mark Romano, vice president and CTO of Earth Eye, about this sensor fusion approach, about trends in data capture, and about the future of earth observation.