Earth Observation

GHGSat selects ABB to build satellite sensor payloads

GHGSat satellites

Just weeks after announcing their US$30 million Series B funding, GHGSat is moving quickly to get its next greenhouse gas emission detection satellites built. Today the company announced it had selected ABB as a supplier. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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The Canadian Space Agency awards 8 contracts for studies of future Earth Observation systems

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites were recently installed on their dispenser and inserted into the rocket fairing at SpaceX facilities in Vandenberg Air Force Base

The Canadian Space Agency today announced eight contracts worth over $4 million for studies that will explore possible future Canadians Earth Observation systems. The contracts stem from the Option Analysis Studies for Earth Observation for Service Continuity request for proposals which was issues this past January. The CSA will evaluate the studies to determine what path to take when it needs to replace the RADARSAT …

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Picterra and SkyWatch partner for AI and Machine Learning Earth Observation Change Detection

Radarsat-2 Amplitude Based Change Detection Map Shows Flooding From Hurricane Michael

SkyWatch, who develop Earth Observation (EO) software that connects satellite data operators and application developers, is always looking for ways to fulfill its mission of making EO data more accessible and cheaper. Today they announced a new partnership with Picterra who offer a machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) software-as-a-service geospatial platform. In an interview with SpaceQ, SkyWatch CEO James Slifierz discusses the new …

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NASA invites Canadian participation in proposed environmental missions

Aerosol, Cloud, Convection and Precipitation (ACCP) proposed mission

Earlier this year it was made public that Canada had been invited to participate in the NASA led Aerosol, Cloud, Convection and Precipitation (ACCP) proposed missions. Today, the Canadian Space Agency released a request for proposals for three possible instrument contributions. This type of mission fits in very well the climate action agenda of the Liberal government. This page is for subscribers only. Already a …

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Stratodynamics to offer larger payloads to the stratosphere

Stratodynamics HiDRON in flight.

Stratodynamics Aviation Inc. was awarded $247K in funding from the Canadian Space Agency for further research in suborbital aerodynamics and remote sensing from its HiDRON glider. A company spokesperson told SpaceQ the glider concept is part of a larger long term plan to evolve the HiDRON into a suborbital space plane which could one day be used on Mars. This page is for subscribers only. …

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Statistics Canada harnessing Earth observation data

An example of Vancouver open data businesses

Data from Google Earth and other Earth observation campaigns is allowing Statistics Canada (StatsCan) to create databases showing how Canadians live and work. The government department showcased some of its ongoing work at the online GeoIgnite conference on Friday (July 24), with projects ranging from building catalogues to walkability. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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Earth observation is hitting its stride: MDA

Space-based Earth Observation

A senior MDA executive says Earth observation (EO) is "on the brink of a really integrated and operational era" due to continued efforts from his company and others around the world. Within Canada, MDA is famous for its RADARSAT series of satellites – RADARSAT-1 (no longer operational after exceeding its design life), RADARSAT-2 (still working well after more than a dozen years in space) and …

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