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Monday, November 13th, 2017

Boeing Completes Acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences

Boeing completed the acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., which will operate under Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology as a subsidiary called Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company. It will retain an independent operating model. Headquartered in Manassas, Va., Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six locations, including research and development centers

Monday, November 6th, 2017

California Redistricting Panel Serves as Example for Other States

Members of the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission went to Washington, D.C. in July 2017 to accept the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government for its California Redistricting Panel, which used Caliper’s Maptitude for Redistricting to draw its 2012 Congressional and State Legislative boundaries that have been recognized for effectively eliminating

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

ESA and Radiant.Earth Partner to Advance Sustainable Development Goals

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Radiant.Earth will jointly enhance geospatial data literacy in the global development community to help track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Geospatial information is central to accurately tracking and measuring the global progress of the SDGs,” noted Radiant.Earth Founder and CEO Anne Hale Miglarese. The ESA and Radiant.Earth cooperation focuses

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

IAFC Partners with Intermedix and Esri to Build National Mutual Aid System

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Intermedix and Esri agreed to build the National Mutual Aid System (NMAS), the next-generation version of IAFC’s Mutual Aid Net tool built in 2008. The NMAS will use Esri’s ArcGIS platform and Intermedix’s WebEOC software to manage and track emergency services resources during mutual aid responses. During large-scale

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Drones Help with California Wildfires

In support of CAL FIRE’s firefighting efforts in Northern California, the California Air National Guard’s 163d Attack Wing operating out of March Air Reserve Base is using MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) with full-motion video (optical and infrared) and ground imaging Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capability, which can see through clouds and smoke. “The 163d

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Satellites Provide Thermal View of Hurricane Nate after Landfall

NASA’s Aqua satellite and NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite analyzed the temperatures in Hurricane Nate’s cloud tops and determined that the most powerful thunderstorms and heaviest rain areas were around the center of the tropical cyclone after it made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River on Oct. 7, 2017. Infrared light provides valuable temperature

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Kenyan Government Mapping Mines with Photogrammetry Software

The Directorate of Resource Surveys & Remote Sensing (DRSRS) under the Ministry of Mining in Kenya is using SimActive’s Correlator3D for extensive mapping of mining activities. The software generates orthomosaics, contour lines and digital terrain models of fluorspar mines in the Kerio valley in Kenya. “The DRSRS provides the Ministry of Mining with spatial information,

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

GIS to the Rescue: Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Technology to Plan for and Respond to Natural Disasters

By Dr. Ahmed Abukhater As Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25, 2017, with winds topping 130 miles per hour, the situation signaled a disaster on the horizon. The winds and heavy rains caused significant flooding, toppled branches and power lines, and lead to massive blackouts across the region. With

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Forest Fire Pollution Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife

Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced haze they created, according to new research published in the Environmental Research Letters journal and led by Benjamin Lee at the University of Kent and the National Parks Board in

Monday, September 18th, 2017

NASA Flights Map Summer Melt of Greenland Ice

Operation IceBridge is flying in Greenland to measure how much ice has melted during the summer. The flights, which began on Aug. 25, 2017, and will go on until Sept. 21, 2017, repeat paths flown this spring and aim to monitor seasonal changes in the elevation of the ice sheet. “We started to mount these

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