DigitalGlobe just announced their plans to launch 2 new imaging satellites, WorldView I and WorldView II, with WorldView I scheduled to launch no later than 2006 and WorldView II no later than 2008.
While we were at the Podcasting Symposium last week, we heard a presentation from the guy from ITConversations, which is an online catalog for audio presentations. They mainly cover IT related conferences and speakers, but some of them are relevant to geospatial technologies, and they are adding new links every day. You can check out the ITConversations website
David Rumsey’s talk on “The Past and Future of Mapping” listed on ITConversations is available here
Once again, something cool for people in the UK. ViewRanger 1.0 is a mapping application for mobile phones that gives you a 3D landscape display as an interface for accessing local information, using downloadable Ordnance Survey maps. Right now, it only works with certain phones, but if I lived in Britain, I would definitely be checking this out.
Even if you don’t live there, take a look at the ViewRanger website here
via Press Release at SpatialNews.com
ESRI is serving an ArcWeb Services powered Hurricane Disaster viewer on its website. It offers a number of data layers from before the hurricanes, such as population density and imagery, and several layers related to post-hurricane conditions. There’s even a layer showing the US Postal Services closed service areas. Nothing earth-shattering, but pulls together GIS layers to go with imagery.
You can check out the Hurricane Disaster Viewer
CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here
Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here
CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”
Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.
You can check out the MSNBC.com article here
Here is another at the London Times Online
If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you.
time.gov keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here
The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.
Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here
Chris Ayres of the London Times has written a pretty funny article about the irresistible lure of in-car navigation devices and other digital navigation aids, and the chaos that ensues
Check out the article at the London Times Online
The 20th European Conference for ESRI Users will be held October 26-28th, 2005 in Warsaw, Poland.
For more information, check out the conference website
That’s right, a joint project between Chinese and US zoological institutes will be using GPS to track pandas in the wild to learn more about their sex habits. I guess it’s true that privacy is a thing of the past…..