Seeing a Better World™

30 cm Satellite Imagery: See More Detail in the Living Digital Inventory of Our Changing Planet

By Kumar Navulur | Published:

DigitalGlobe’s purpose is Seeing a better world™, and today we are thrilled to take a big step toward fulfilling that purpose with the commercial introduction of 30 cm satellite imagery. This is yet another first for DigitalGlobe, as we have again pushed the technical boundaries of satellite-derived imagery resolution, whereas only recently the gold standard for resolution was 50 cm.

Even with 20 years of experience in remote sensing, I still have to stretch my imagination to envision that a satellite, flying 380 miles above the earth, can display ground truth to such a fine level of detail and enable the extraction of information and insight that drives better and timelier decisions.

For example, an oil and gas company can identify bore holes that are no larger than foot wide, map trails of ATV’s for environmental compliance, and detect surface pipelines and any potential encroachments. And these analyses can be done without the expense and time it takes for a survey crew to do on-the-ground estimates. Civil governments can use 30 cm imagery to efficiently plan and manage their cities by mapping various city details such as sidewalks, road markings, man holes, right of ways, etc., and cost effectively update this information on a recurring basis without having to secure aerial permits or incur the waiting time for aerial imagery to be processed and delivered.

“Location-Time-Context” has become the organizing principle of our daily lives; in other words, everything happens somewhere, sometime. DigitalGlobe’s 30 cm imagery delivers the highest quality information about features on the ground from space (Location), the circumstances and setting around the features (Context), and the ability to understand how the location is changing (Time). As a result, we are now truly able to say that we are uniquely well positioned to deliver a “living digital inventory of our changing planet.”

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Kumar Navulur is DigitalGlobe’s Sr. Director of Strategic Solution Development

Exogenesis Straps in for the GBD Ride

By David Loomis | Published:

DigitalGlobe has big plans to make an impact not only in the traditional GIS and satellite imaging sphere, but also in many aspects of commercial business in a way never before possible.  Although the Geospatial Big Data (GBD) initiative is relatively new to the landscape of the company, our plans are pretty big!  We want to become the indispensable source of spatial information for many new industries by leveraging existing assets like our HUGE catalog of imagery collected over the last 15+ years and the tremendous talent pool across our company.  But even though the folks here are pretty smart, people outside of DigitalGlobe are just as smart (and even smarter) about their respective industries and technologies.  In order for GBD to help us reach our lofty goals, we must build an ecosystem around our data, technology, and infrastructure. We recently announced an agreement with another awesome partner — and they are just down the road from DigitalGlobe!

Exogenesis’s APEX Engine uses DigitalGlobe satellite imagery to monitor millions of properties to detect substantive changes, such as this new building.

We recently signed Exogenesis of Lafayette, Colo., to a Platform as a Service (PaaS) agreement and opened the door to a partnership that we hope lasts for a long time to come.  As one of our early PaaS adopters, Exogenesis is a spatial information company that has embraced our GBD offering.  They are building on our powerful, scalable cloud computing + spatial analysis + DigitalGlobe’s vast catalog of high-resolution data to provide customers with the information they need to make decisions.  The team at Exogenesis has ambitious plans to first unveil a parcel-based information product across large geographic areas – and to pull that off they have chosen to cast their lot with the GBD group!

We are looking forward to getting out to a fast start with Exogenesis.  DigitalGlobe’s GBD team is providing them access to our platform, the ability to upload their own proprietary algorithms, and well over 3 terabytes of data.  And they are not wasting time either, as they have already started accessing data and leveraging the unique GBD environment.

If you’re thinking, “it sounds like GBD and Exogenesis were made for each other,” we are too!  Our team is excited to see what Exogenesis will bring to their customers with the power of GBD behind them.

David Loomis is a GBD Solutioneer at DigitalGlobe.

End of an Era – QuickBird’s Final Image

By DigitalGlobe | Published:

On January 27, 2015, one of DigitalGlobe’s oldest and most historically significant imaging satellites re-entered Earth’s atmosphere after completing its 13-year mission on orbit. QuickBird made more than 70,000 trips around the planet, capturing some 636 million square kilometers of high-resolution earth imagery that contributed to humanity’s understanding of our changing planet.

In its final orbit before its imager was turned off, QuickBird captured this stunning view of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on December 17, 2014. The satellite’s orbit had decayed to approximately 300 kilometers, resulting in an image with incredible ground resolution of 41 cm.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. developed QuickBird, which was the highest resolution commercial satellite at the time, as well as DigitalGlobe’s subsequent WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3 satellites. QuickBird played a key role in the establishment of the commercial remote sensing industry and helped pave the way for what is now the world’s most capable imaging satellite constellation.

QuickBird imagery dating back to 2002 will remain available in our imagery catalog.

Learn more about DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery and geospatial products here.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and The Boeing Company technicians prepare to mate QuickBird with its launch vehicle adapter.

The Boeing Delta II rocket carrying QuickBird lifts off on October 18, 2001, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.