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Google's satellites could soon see your face from space
Motherboard
Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How? Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the U.S. government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution — twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm.
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Join GITA's FREE webinar Tuesday, Aug. 19
GITA
Webinar: Overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for GITA

When: Tuesday, Aug. 19
Time: 1 p.m. CDT
Who: Pierre le Roux, Director of ASPRS Primary Data Acquisition & Unmanned Systems Division

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to cooperate with GITA to present this webinar during which we'll provide an update on the UAS landscape from a geomatics / earth observation perspective.

ASPRS, as a scientific association with members worldwide, is leading and actively participating in the evolution and introduction of new earth observation technologies and methods - such as UAS - that build upon the society's historical roots in imaging science and technology in the form of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

UAS technology will radically change the way geospatial infrastructure data is acquired in the years going forward. So don't miss this webinar if would like to have a great starting point for understanding capabilities and issues!

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Environmental sensing: A revolution in GNSS applications
Inside GNSS
In the past 20 years, GPS has simultaneously revolutionized both our modern infrastructure (by providing real-time navigation, mapping and timing support) and our geodetic/surveying capabilities (by providing millimeter/centimeter-level positioning). At this point, most of the GNSS innovations we expect to see in the next decade will come from calculating positions more accurately and faster, while expanding from GPS to use of all available GNSS signals.
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Tripomatic — Custom maps built entirely with OpenSource mapping Tools
GIS User
An interesting update comes our way from the developers of Tripomatic — custom maps for iOS, Android or BlackBerry that focus on the features tourists really appreciate! What's way cool about this app is that Tripomatic is based on OpenStreetMap and the Mapnik rendering toolkit while the symbology was designed using TileMill software developed by Mapbox.
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UAVs vs. small sats — Which has the more viable business model today?
Directions Magazine
In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, John Hickey, the No. 2 safety official at the Federal Aviation Administration, told a United Nations meeting over the weekend that regulatory approval to operate unmanned aerial vehicles alongside commercial aircraft is "not going to be as soon as some people tend to think."
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Google courts the stratosphere with 'loon' technology
Directions Magazine
When the "Project Loon" balloon circumnavigated the globe in 22 days this spring, it validated Google's ambitious and highly secretive endeavor to bring Internet access to a significant portion of the world's currently unconnected population. Freelance author Brandon Engel takes us behind the scenes of the project, revealing the potential economic impact for rural and poorly served areas where Internet access is impeded.
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Galileo's troubled E20 satellite is alive
GPS World
The troubled Galileo E20 satellite restarted E1 signal transmission Wednesday evening, Aug. 6. Galileo E20, also known as GSAT0104, the fourth in-orbit validation satellite, has been set "unavailable until further notice" according to the European GNSS Service Centre because of a sudden, unexpected loss of power on May 27.
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In the ocean, clues to change
The New York Times
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean. They were prototypes, specialized robots designed to record temperature and other conditions all the way to the sea bottom, more than three miles down.
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Smart grid attack scenarios (understand the threat to defend against it)
Smart Grid News
By Jesse Berst: It's a war out there — literally. Hackers from hostile countries target the U.S. power grid every day. That's why I wanted to run this adaptation of a recent blog post from Trend Micro, an IT security company. I previously shared their view of the ways to attack a smart meter. This article explains how those attacks could extend to the entire grid.
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