Category Archives: Rants

Commercial Earth Observation

I was just reading Peg Shippert’s post on environmental monitoring constellations at Imagery Speaks. In a succinct post two constellations are described: the inter-governmental Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and commercial Rapideye constellation. See the post for more details. The post reminded me … Continue reading

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French Strategy Paper Says ESA Should Fall Under European Union Authority | SpaceNews.com

French Strategy Paper Says ESA Should Fall Under European Union Authority | SpaceNews.com. If this ever happens ESA will be royally screwed up. Some questions: What would Canada’s role be? Or for that matter Norway and Switzerlands? Why should the … Continue reading

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Chaos in the US Weather Satellite Communities

The Pentagon has canceled the next-generation weather satellite program Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS), writes Space News. DWSS was to deliver weather and  environmental  mapping data to support the US military. DWSS was canceled following the Senate Appropriations Committee’s removal … Continue reading

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How not to plan for the future: the European Commission and Europe’s most ambitious EO program

On the 10th Nov. I wrote about a conflict brewing between ESA and the European Commission about the long term funding of the Sentinel missions. The Commission’s position has been outlined in a statement. It can be summarised as: individual … Continue reading

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“Cancel EO missions” cries Congress!

Three pieces in Space News caught my eye today. Firstly Dan Leone wrote regarding a letter from House Republicans calling for cuts in the NASA Earth Observation budget. The representatives call for $1.5 Billion in cuts in science spending with … Continue reading

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Ombudsman rules requiring English applications is illegal

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, in response to a complaint, has ruled that Universities and Colleges are breaking the law by requiring job applicants to submit their applications in English. Apparently this breaks the language law. SvD and DN are currently posting … Continue reading

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ENVI FLAASH Atmospheric Correction Module: Getting started with MODIS

I have just read what is possibly the least useful tip since Alan Turing wrote: ” Step 1, build giant computer”. Don’t get me wrong, I think ITTVIS have a great product and am on record for saying so. Their Support … Continue reading

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