Author Archives: Peg Shippert

How Does Google Get Accurate Geoinformation for Google Maps?

Have you ever wondered how Google Maps manages to have reasonably accurate map data for so much of the world? I ran across an interesting video from Google’s I/O 2013 conference, about their Ground Truth project, which compiles and refines … Continue reading

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Landsat 8 Data Reader Included in ENVI 5.0 Service Pack 3

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) arrived in its final orbit last month, putting us all one step closer to getting our hands on some of that gorgeous new data. As NASA continues to report progress toward the handoff of … Continue reading

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How are Women Faring in the Field of Geospatial Technology?

This week I listened to an interesting, if brief, podcast by Joe Fancica and Adena Schutzberg at Directions Magazine about women working in the field of geospatial technology.  Their podcast was inspired, in turn, by questions posed by Hilary Perkin … Continue reading

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First Image from new Landsat Looks Great

Last week NASA revealed the first image from the new LDCM sensor, and it looks spectacular! The image includes our home in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, which also happens to be the home of Ball Aerospace & … Continue reading

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Pléiades Constellation Complete; Now Providing Daily Revisits

Last Friday, Astrium announced (via a smooth video that sounds like a commercial for a luxury car) that Pléiades 1B, which joined Pléiades 1A in space last December, has successfully completed its Technical Commissioning. This means that the two identical … Continue reading

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Landsat 8 is Up and Away!

Yesterday was a big day for Earth imaging, as NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) successfully launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  Exelis VIS’s own Thomas Harris (@t_harris) was lucky enough to attend the NASA Social … Continue reading

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Observation of Winter Polar Phenomena With Suomi NPP

The advanced low light band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite is providing some really beautiful and informative new Earth imaging opportunities.  This “day-night” band detects light in a range of wavelengths from … Continue reading

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