July 2014 Newsletter

Wayne's World


Happy New Financial Year to all our readers and valued clients! 

Have we found business tough the last year? – you bet.  Have we become more efficient and effective – absolutely!  Are we ready for the next financial year – we sure are.  There are two things, perhaps more, that tight markets drive; namely, innovation and diversity. 

In this newsletter we have focussed on our Vendors.  Our 25 Year commitment in the Australasian market to being independent specialists in satellite imagery allows our team to offer a wide and varied range of imagery, products and services in comparison with anyone else. This stems from our belief, the stronger and more aligned the relationships are with our vendors, the better value, choice and service we can provide to our clients. We are extremely grateful for the valuable relationship we hold with all of our vendors.

Whether it be new satellites launched or soon to be launched, new products or new relationships there is more happening at this time than I care to remember, some highlights:
  •  The eagerly awaited launch of WorldView-3 satellite is set for 13th August from the Vandenberg Air Force Base;
  •  The SPOT-7 satellite (SPOT-6's twin) was successfully launched on 30 June 2014 just in time for the New Financial Year - congratulations to Airbus Defence and Space;
  •  The team at Skybox Imaging having launched SkySat-2 on a Soyuz/Fregat rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 8 July;
  •  We are delighted to confirm that we have become a distribution partner for Hexagon Geospatial.
There's been a few news worthy changes too from our vendor camps:
  •  DigitalGlobe has acquired Spatial Energy (our Global Oil and Gas joint Venture Partner) - this should mean even bigger and better things for our major Oil & Gas clients here in Australia;
  •  The U.S. Government has officially reduced the permitted resolution for the sale of commercial satellite imagery to 25cm and so the DigitalGlobe team are busy planning how to bring sub-50cm imagery to market DownUnder.
If you have any questions at all about whether satellite imagery and our specialised services may bring further efficiency to your projects or workflows, please feel free to contact our sales team. One thing we all like to do is to talk with our clients and see if we can help provide a valuable solution.

Best regards

Wayne


U.S. Restriction changes will help our clients see the Earth more clearly!

With the relaxing of US Government restrictions on the resolution of commercial satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe are now able to provide clients wth more detailed and clearer images of our changing planet. Effective immediately, DigitalGlobe is permitted to offer customers the highest resolution imagery available from their current constellation of very high resolution satellites. Additionally, the updated approvals permit DigitalGlobe to sell imagery to all clients at up to 0.25m panchromatic and 1.0m multispectral, beginning six months after its next satellite WorldView-3 is operational.

  
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50cm on the left, 40cm on the right.
© DigitalGlobe 2014

Currently imagery captured by GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2 will now be available at their best native resolution of 40cm.

Better resolution will benefit our customers in several market sectors and will enable improved decision-making that will save resources and time.


Special Introductory offer for 40cm products!

Geoimage & DigitalGlobe are excited to announce that we are now accepting orders for 40cm Core Imagery products. As an introductory price, 40cm products will be available at the same price as 50cm products! This special offer is valid through Quarter 3 of the current calendar year.

The offer applies to any imagery acquired by either GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 & WorldView-1, but excludes IKONOS or QuickBird.

For this introductory period, 40cm new collections (new capture mode) are only available over the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Chad
  • Greenland
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Western Sahara

New collections will be available globally beginning in Q4, 2014.

Don't miss the opportunity to see sharper imagery for the sharper eyes of today!



WorldView-3 launch date set!


WorldView-3 set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 13th August, 2014!

WorldView-3 will be the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite. Operating at an expected altitude of 617 km, WorldView-3 provides 31cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24m multispectral resolution and 3.7m short-wave infrared resolution and 30m CAVIS resolution. 

Further details of this great satellite will be posted to our website shortly!



A new era begins with the successful launch of SPOT-7


 

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© Airbus Defence & Space 2014

Whilst retaining SPOT’s trademark 60km x 60km wide imaging swath, SPOT 6 & SPOT 7 offer users a number of key improvements:

  • 1.5 metre resolution natural colour products,
  • Multi-year coverage of entire national territories
  • Daily revisits to any point on the globe
  • Ability to accommodate last minute tasking requests for emergency response

Like all twins, SPOT 6 &7 are designed to work in tandem capturing wide areas in record time, at the same resolution, making it possible to regularly update national map series within seasonal tim constraints.

The phased orbit of the two SPOT satellites in conjunction with the Pleiades 1A & 1B satellites means the constellation covers up to 6 million km2 every day.
The constellation aim is for SPOT 6 & 7 to cover wider areas with a resolution of 1.5m, while the Pléiades 1A & 1B sensors will be focused on more targeted zones with a greater level of detail (50cm products).


Introducing the new ALOS-2 satellite!



The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) is the follow-on mission from "DAICHI", which contributed to cartography, regional observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveys. ALOS-2 will succeed this mission with enhanced capabilities.

Although the predecessor ALOS satellite had featured 2 optical cameras in addition to radar, ALOS-2 had the optical cameras removed to simplify construction and reduce costs. The new PALSAR-2 sensor is a significant upgrade to the previous PALSAR sensor, allowing higher resolution (1-3m resolution in spotlight mode) in addition to the 10m survey mode inherited from the ALOS spacecraft.

The state-of-the-art L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar aboard ALOS-2 is an active microwave radar using the 1.2 GHz frequency range which will have enhanced performance compated to the original ALOS/PALSAR. The PALSAR-2 is capable of observing day and night and in all weather conditions.


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© JAXA 2014




Geoimage announces new partnership with Hexagon Geospatial



Geoimage is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hexagon Geospatial, to distribute ERDAS IMAGINE and ERDAS IMAGINE Photogrammetry in Australia.

This power-partnership between Geoimage and Hexagon Geospatial will provide customers with a best of breed imagery production suite to get the most out of their imagery using Hexagon Geospatial’s tools for data creation and analysis.

For more information contact Simon Greig (+61) 7 3736 7223 or email: simon@geoimage.com.au 



PCI releases Geomatica 2014!




With thousands of installations in over 130 countries, Geomatica has established itself as the go-to piece of software for geospatial professionals around the world. The success has been built upon trust, to solve problems quickly and effectively. Geomatica 2014 adds many new tools and functions to further streamline operational workflows. Combined with improvements to key algorithms, new wizard-based functions and an expanded list of supported sensors; Geomatica 2014 is PCI’s most ambitious release to date.

Some of the new features:

  • Atmospheric Correction
  • Improved DEM Extraction
  • Largest File & Sensor Support available
  • Automation
  • PCI Modeler
  • Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar Analysis
  • Data Visualisation

For more information, contact Simon Greig on (+61) 7 3736 7223 or email simon@geoimage.com.au



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