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Q3 review 2017

Q3 review 2017


Another quarter has flown by so, following on from my Q1&Q2 reviews, it’s time to take a look at the main events of Q3. If you missed my Q1 or Q2 reviews they are available below.




Q3 2017

Here are some of the things you may or may not have missed between July ’17 and September ’17:

The Satellite Applications Catapult released its Small Sat market report.

48 more of Planet’s doves took flight.

We celebrated the 45th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 1. Setting up 45 years of data continuity in the Landsat series.

DigitalGlobe announced the results of SpaceNet 2.

EOX produced the first cloudless image mosiac of Sentinel 2.

Sentinel 1 captured the birth of an iceberg.

MODIS detected Greenland fires – you can follow/replay the daily sequence of images.

Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 combined to create a detailed land-cover classification map of different crops across Germany.

The BBC released its space disrupters series “… a revolution has been taking place. Technological advances are overturning traditional models for operating in space.”

Descartes Labs raised $30m in series B.

A series of MOOCs on EO were announced: Future learn / Radar EO college / big data analytics from IEA.

AWS made available all the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES data).

UCL made available to download ‘The father of GIS’ Roger Tomlinson’s PhD thesis

WorldView-1 celebrated its 10th Anniversary


The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) released the 2015 landcover map of the UK derived from Landsat 8 data.

Airbus confirmed the NEO constellation 0.3m pixels, coming in 2020.


FOSS4G took place in Boston – keep an eye on the post conference materials for more great insights.

Australia announced the creation its own national space agency

Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) is coming soon, as is Sentinel 2 ARD

Europe is planning the next Sentinels – 6 new satellite concepts are being studied.

Finally, August and September saw some truly frightening weather events around the world. These have devastated lives across our Planet. Earth Observation provides a way of studying these events helping inform decisions so that those most at risk can be helped faster.

Only one quarter left; at the end of December I’ll review Q4 and provide a summary of 2017

Did I miss something important? Let me know.


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