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Landsat 9 enters orbit, improves and expands the Landsat open data mission

1 Oct - 23:15 SAST
The satellite will operate in Landsat 7’s orbit, replacing it, and will work in tandem with Landsat 8 to collect global imagery every 8 days.
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Grant applications opens for GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme

28 Sep - 21:14 SAST
This GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme will support 12-month projects that use the Planetary Computer to apply Earth observations to address environmental challenges, as a Flagship, Initiative or Community Activity of the GEO Work Programme.
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Climate TRACE releases first database of global greenhouse gas emissions

17 Sep - 13:11 SAST
The inventory, which spans the years 2015–2020, reveals insights about recent emissions trends across ten sectors and 38 subsectors of the global economy.
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New open online course explores artificial intelligence for Earth observation

9 Sep - 12:09 SAST
The free course starts on 18 October 2021, will run for 1 year, and can be completed in 6 weeks.
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Using open-access geospatial data to automate tailings dam management

1 Sep - 17:52 SAST
New monitoring models, such as the one discussed here, aid mining tailings-facility management and monitoring as well as ESG compliance.
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Combining Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-5P imagery for high-resolution methane emissions mapping and source attribution

1 Sep - 10:34 SAST
Until recently, no straightforward solution has existed to detect individual methane emissions and track them back to their original sources. Now, scientists from Kayrros have developed a tool that can accurately detect individual methane...
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Planet partners with Google Cloud to create government and enterprise solutions

18 Aug - 11:08 SAST
Under the new agreement and with the new combined offering, customers will be able to leverage Google Cloud’s global, flexible infrastructure and BigQuery to process large volumes of Planet data on-the-fly, build scalable workflows,...
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Airbus’ second Pléiades Neo high-res earth observation satellite now in orbit

17 Aug - 11:08 SAST
Comprising four identical satellites, the Airbus manufactured, owned and operated Pléiades Neo constellation offers a native resolution of 30 cm with an imaging swath of 14 km.
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Africa Earth Observation Challenge 2021 opens for submissions

16 Aug - 14:59 SAST
The challenge opens for entries today from businesses across Africa for submissions demonstrating an application of Earth observation data.
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South African National Space Agency to host Digital Earth Africa’s Program Management Office

5 Aug - 05:36 SAST
The program management office will strengthen Digital Earth Africa’s network of partners from across Africa by providing on-going leadership and direction to the program.
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Azavea publishes public cloud dataset for satellite imagery machine learning applications

2 Aug - 11:08 SAST
Detection and removal of clouds in satellite imagery is a natural application of machine learning, but freely available training datasets have been in short supply. To address this, Azavea has produced a public dataset...
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South Africa’s space agency is conducting a user requirement study for its Space Infrastructure Hub

26 Jul - 17:24 SAST
The information gained will help shape the implementation of the Space Infrastructure Hub.
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Spot the Crop Data Challenge focuses on using satellite imagery and machine learning for automating South African crop identification

13 Jul - 15:14 SAST
Radiant Earth Foundation’s Spot the Crop Data Challenge seeks entrants to predict crop types in the Western Cape, South Africa using satellite image time-series.
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Radiant Earth partners with Microsoft to accelerate earth observation solutions for local and global sustainability applications

13 Jul - 14:59 SAST
(AI) data, tools, and educational resources to address sustainability challenges.
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Two new compliance certifications available for OGC’s SensorML 2.0 and CDB Standard

8 Jul - 11:18 SAST
Products that implement these standards and pass the tests in the Executable Test Suite can now be certified as OGC Compliant.
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LandsatLook 2.0 lets Landsat users take advantage of cloud-based systems

1 Jul - 11:29 SAST
USGS’s LandsatLook 2.0 Viewer makes it easier and faster to access earth imagery and simpler to analyse data in cloud-based systems.
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Digital Earth Africa incorporates analyses ready radar data for the continent

24 Jun - 21:51 SAST
The data is open access and free through the Digital Earth Africa Map and sandbox, and will aid users’ ability to map and monitor water, crops and land cover.
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UP42 and GIZ collaboration supports agricultural start-ups in Africa with geospatial technology

24 Jun - 16:56 SAST
UP42 and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are making geospatial technology available to local farming-related start-up businesses under the GIZ Make-IT in Africa project.
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Airbus’s Pléiades Neo constellation delivers first images

24 May - 14:01 SAST
Pléiades Neo will provide commercial and institutional customers with high-level insights for the next decade.
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Catalyst automates workflow for the South African National Space Agency to convert SPOT archive to analysis ready data

10 May - 11:46 SAST
The scalable workflow enables SANSA to prepare its entire SPOT archive for immediate analysis using the Open Data Cube, machine learning, and AI models.
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ESA and FAO team up to tackle food security and other SDGs using satellite imagery to bridge data gaps

20 Apr - 13:50 SAST
ESA and FAO have teamed up to address major global issues such as food security, and to take further advantage of the digital transformation in agriculture.
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Carbon Mapper announces satellite program to pinpoint methane and carbon dioxide super emitters

15 Apr - 12:25 SAST
Carbon Mapper and its partners announced plans to deploy a hyperspectral satellite constellation with the ability to track point-source emissions.
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Planet adds 48 satellites to its medium resolution constellation and updates its GIS plugins

24 Feb - 20:54 SAST
With this launch of 8-band SuperDoves, the company will continue to provide medium resolution multispectral imagery (3 to 5 m) at a global scale to customers worldwide.
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Catalyst’s new cloud solution processes Earth observation imagery where it is stored

22 Feb - 12:08 SAST
Microservices is a library of geospatial workflows and algorithms optimised to process Earth image data on the cloud at scale.
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Ghana launches national map of forests and land use

28 Jan - 07:09 SAST
The map uses satellite data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, a large number of field samples and measurements cross-referenced using machine learning techniques.
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ESA releases long-term dataset to analyse global fire trends

21 Jan - 12:33 SAST
Maps of burned area derived from satellite data help improve fire-emission inventories to quantify the impact of fires on air quality, climate and its critical component, the global carbon cycle.
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Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21 Nov - 11:22 SAST
The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth. Using radar altimetry, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and...
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SkyWatch and Picterra partner to automate satellite monitoring and change detection

5 Oct - 11:58 SAST
With this partnership, Picterra’s customers can now automatically monitor their areas of interest for change by combining EarthCache’s automated tasking requests with Picterra’s automated detection algorithms.
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South African national water quantity data now available for all government departments in spatial and non-spatial formats

21 Sep - 14:34 SAST
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has signed a multi-user government licencing agreement to distribute GeoTerraImage’s Mzansi Amanzi national monthly water data products to all South African government departments and their consultants.
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African institutions to benefit from free access to Copernicus data

13 Aug - 13:19 SAST
The African Union Commission and the European Commission are about to roll out an initiative that will avail African institutions free access to Copernicus data, based on an agreement signed in 2018.
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New satellite pinpoints industrial methane emissions

29 Jul - 18:33 SAST
GHGSat’s demonstration satellite (“Claire”), aided by ESA’s Sentinel 5P, has now collected more than 60 000 methane measurements of industrial facilities around the world.
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Radiant Earth Foundation releases benchmark land cover training data for Africa

28 Jul - 15:14 SAST
Radiant Earth Foundation has released “LandCoverNet,” a human-labelled global land cover classification training dataset. This release contains data across Africa, which accounts for ~1/5 of the global dataset.
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Airbus retires its SPOT 1–5 image production and distribution service

22 Jul - 16:56 SAST
From 1 August 2020, SPOT 1-5 data will no longer be available in its catalogue and therefore it will not be possible to order this through the company’s GeoStore web ordering portal or traditionally...
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The status of Earth observation & Geo-Information Sciences in Africa – trends and challenges

17 Jul - 15:38 SAST
The African continent is bound to become more dependent on the space industry for job creation, poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management. These were some of the findings in a paper recently published by...
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Coalition formed to combine artificial intelligence with satellites to monitor global greenhouse gas emissions in real time

15 Jul - 21:20 SAST
The Climate TRACE tool will allow independently verified emissions monitoring to enable transparency and accountability, along with other applications and benefits.
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Seven projects from Africa selected for GEO and Google Earth Engine open data funding programme

13 Jul - 20:33 SAST
GEO and Google Earth Engine selected 32 projects from 22 countries to receive funding for its open Earth data challenge.
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Digital Earth Africa releases analysis-ready satellite data for all of Africa to support COVID-19 response

15 Jun - 20:26 SAST
Digital Eart Africa has made a large amount of ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite data available in a format that makes it accessible and suitable for general use. This imagery is particularly useful because of its...
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Esri joins Microsoft-GEO BON biodiversity grant initiative

28 May - 11:53 SAST
Esri is supporting the Microsoft-GEO BON (Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network) grant initiative known as Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) on the Cloud.
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Geomatica remote sensing and photogrammetry software now available as subscription service in the cloud

19 May - 14:18 SAST
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced the availability of Geomatica Cloud on the Cloudeo marketplace.
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Using earth observation to head off a locust invasion

18 May - 13:48 SAST
NASA-funded scientists are partnering with the UN and relief organisations to better understand where locusts are likely to swarm. Using remote sensing observations of soil moisture and vegetation, researchers are tracking how environmental conditions...
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Grant programme opens for novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring in the cloud

5 May - 11:38 SAST
Microsoft’s AI for Earth program and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network secretariat are launching a new $1 million grant program seeking projects that develop novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring.
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Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in Service of Sustainable Development Goals

1 May - 07:47 SAST
“Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in Service of Sustainable Development Goals: 12th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment”, published by Springer, provides insight into...
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Over 500K downloads for ESA’s SNAP toolbox

16 Apr - 06:59 SAST
A software toolbox that provide users with the tools they need to process satellite data has been downloaded more than 500 000 times in less than five years.
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Microsoft is building a planetary computer

15 Apr - 15:36 SAST
Microsoft is entering the next phase of its AI for Earth program, dedicated to building a Planetary Computer platform. This will provide the AI for Earth community (which includes nearly 500 organisations in 81...
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Updated Landsat sample products and metadata information now available

13 Apr - 07:08 SAST
The USGS is approaching the final phases of preparing to process and make available Landsat Collection 2 to the user community in mid-2020.
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Cross-Atlantic partners use Earth observation solutions to reduce illegal gold mining in the tropical forests of Ghana and Peru

10 Apr - 12:33 SAST
SERVIR’s branches in Peru and Ghana are using Earth observation data for detection illegal gold mining to protect tropical forests in both countries.
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Submissions open for Copernicus Masters 2020

1 Apr - 12:39 SAST
The Copernicus Masters 2020 competition seeks innovative solutions that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society. From 1 April 2020 until 30 June 2020, participants can submit their innovative...
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Africa joins ActInSpace space-tech hackathon taking place in November 2020

11 Mar - 22:15 SAST
CNES and the African Aeronautics and Space Organisation (AASO) have signed an agreement to develop the ActInSpace international hackathon in Africa. The fourth edition of the hackathon will be held on 12 and 14...
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Enhancing Pléiades and SPOT imagery for better object detection

7 Feb - 12:42 SAST
The Super-resolution algorithm uses machine learning (convolutional neural network) to increase the sharpness of low-resolution images, making it easier to extract information from. This is an important pre-processing step before using machine learning object...
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Hexagon’s M.App X 2020 delivers 3D display modes and accelerates visualisation

28 Jan - 17:41 SAST
The creators of Hexagon Geospatial’s M.App X software adopted the term “shoebox” for the digital area in which users organise their imagery to pay homage to this dated, yet creative, means of storing film...
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RapidEye satellite constellation to be retired in March 2020

16 Jan - 17:01 SAST
Planet’s RapidEye constellation will be retired at the end of March 2020, after 11 years of gathering imagery. The constellation contributed to Planet’s global Earth observation dataset since the company acquired it from BlackBridge...
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Industry body launched to grow South Africa’s geospatial sector

3 Dec - 17:50 SAST
To accelerate the continent’s readiness to benefit from space tech, key industry stakeholders with support from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), have launched ZASpace Inc. The industry forum will facilitate structured investment...
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