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  • Planet Labs

    By on May 13, 2016

    THE ADVENT OF MASS-PRODUCED, MINIATURE satellites is radically changing Earth observation by vastly increasing the imagery’s “refresh rate.” San Francisco-based Planet Labs is at the forefront of this upheaval, producing, launching, and oper- ating hundreds of spacecraft. The company…

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  • Companies Pick Up Where Google Earth Enterprise Leaves off

    By on May 9, 2016

    The waves created by Google’s announcement that it will stop supporting Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) in the spring of 2017 continue to ripple through the geospatial community. For this third installment in this series, I interviewed Andrew Hill, Chief…

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  • Commercial SAR Comes to the U.S. (Finally!)

    By on May 9, 2016

    COMMERCIAL SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR (COMSAR) data has considerable value for multiple applications and missions. Global national security concerns reinforce the need for unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) to have continuous awareness of their area of responsibilities. A United States commercial…

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  • Knowledge Must Translate into Action

    By on May 6, 2016

    Why does our knowledge not turn into action to restore the Earth’s life-support system? What makes us truly different from all other animals? As Franz de Waal points out in the New York Times, the difference is not in…

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  • “Filling the Gap” with CartoDB, DigitalGlobe

    By on May 6, 2016

    Dear Readers,
    In this issue, we are continuing our series,“Filling the Gap”… that is, the gap that will be left when Google ends support for Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) on March 22, 2017. (The Google Earth API and Google Maps…

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