Latest Updates

Find the latest updates on our platform and tools.

7 Feb

MODIS data products are now available on the Amazon Web Services Public Datasets repository. Together with our partners at Development Seed we created the pipeline that pulls image products from NASA’s MODIS sensor onto AWS S3 in a standardized and consumable format.

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7 Feb

10TB of data per day coming down from space at a rate of 1 Gigabit per second. We are pushing the limits of data downlink capacity and need a ground station partner that can capture the data at the velocity that we downlink and at a cost that works for us as a small business. Our partnership with Norway’s Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) enables us to run lean and fast.

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2 Aug

The European Space Agency satellite Sentinel-2 is the newest sensor integrated into Astro Digital. Sentinel gives us fresh images everywhere on the globe at least every 10 days, with 5 day coverage in most locations.

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29 Jul

Our processing pipeline now pulls in live imagery from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite. This 10-meter resolution imagery is updated every five days, most places on the planet. The frequency plus resolution gives us 30x more data coming into Astro Digital daily.

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5 May

We just finished calibrating our sensors for Landmapper. Here’s a look inside the satellite, showing the three 71 megapixel sensors lined up. The sensors are all the same; we will just install a different filter in front of each. There are red and green filters, as well as a near infrared (near IR).

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20 Apr

The vector tile format has been a game changer for search performance at fetch.astrodigital.com. The vector tiles mechanism allows us to pass around a massive amount of data quickly so our global, daily updated dataset refreshes in seconds as you move around the map and search the archive.

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14 Apr

We just passed the vibration test down at Crystal Instruments in Sunnyvale. The shake table test ensures our satellite can make it though the rough ride up to orbit on the SpaceX Falcon9 in June.

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13 Apr

We’re in Moscow this week! Excited to be working with our partners SOVZOND and supporting their Integrated Geospatial Solutions Conference April 13–15.

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14 Mar

Our team will be at the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit today and Thursday in San Francisco. We’ll be demoing the new platform for monitoring production agriculture globally.

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15 Feb

Ordering imagery today means entering a dozen search parameters into a form, clicking search, and waiting somewhere between 2 and 45 minutes for your search results to come back. We’ve all felt the pain of an uncertain and unresponsive UI experience.

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2 Feb

Satellites reach their full potential when they collect data beyond what we can see with our own eyes. Google Maps, for example, gives us pictures from the blue, green, and red parts of the spectrum so we can pick a beach vacation spot or checkout the location for a weekend hike.

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1 Feb

Deonar dumping ground fire in Mumbai has pushed pollution levels in Mumbai close to the epic pollution levels of Delhi to the North. The smoke is visible in this image captured by Landsat 8 on January 28th.

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13 Jan

We hooked a GoPro Hero 4 that Chris got for Christmas above the workstation. This is us over 18 hours running through final integration of 2 customer satellites. These are 3-band — red, green, NIR — sensors each with an imaging capacity of 4 million km2/day.

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7 Jan

The mighty Mississippi River waters are just beginning to rise near Memphis, TN after devastating St. Louis and parts of Missouri throughout December. Communities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana are preparing for floods as the water continues south.

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6 Jan

Vancouver, Canada in January is cold and rainy. Period. The pirate labels on this map help me think of warmer places where the sun shines past 4:18PM.

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4 Jan

January on the East Coast this year is expected to be a cold one with temperatures below the 1981–2010 climatological reference period. Meanwhile, in Turks And Caicos is it a beautiful 80 degrees.

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28 Oct

This week we are in Mexico City for Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit. Open geodata is a theme of this year’s event with topics on OpenStreetMap for democracy building and creating tools for making open data more accessible to citizens and industry.

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9 Oct

A potato plant is a cluster of broad, leafy greens with lovely white flowers at the peak of growth. When the leaves start to whither and turn brown you know the delicious potatoes are getting ready for harvest.

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17 Aug

You can now get alerts in real-time when new satellite imagery is collected over any area you set to monitor.

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18 Jun

We’re in Washington DC this week at GEOINT demoing our new platform and working with the Mapbox team.

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6 Jun

Yesterday we published over 1000 Landsat scenes to the OpenAerialMap project. This seeds a base layer but also let us set up the pipeline, so now every new scene from our platform is published automatically to OpenAerialMap.

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20 May

This morning at 8:05 AM Pacific Time, the experimental spacecraft, LightSail, launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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8 May

Simple time series are really helpful for monitoring and visualizing change. All imagery processing on our platform can be automated by the API — here is a quick walk though for search and results handling with the API.

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6 May

Our imagery browser can quickly search and process satellite imagery during forest fire season. While we are still a couple months from fire season in the US, here is a past example, looking at Northern Quebec which suffered massive forest fires in the summer of 2013.

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24 Apr

In the first 24 hours after releasing our platform, we had over 1000 orders for new imagery covering 465 unique Landsat scenes in 91 countries from 281 unique users.

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22 Apr

Last week we launched our imagery browser to search, process, and publish satellite images. In the spirit of Earth Day today, here are a few images captured by Landsat 8 this past week and published to our platform.

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16 Apr

Our imagery processing pipeline is live! You can search the Landsat 8 imagery catalog, filter by date and cloud coverage, then select any image. The image is instantly processed...

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14 Apr

Yesterday while chatting with a friend about the upcoming fire season here in California he mentioned the January 2015 Sampson Flat Fire outside Adelaide. January is of course summer in Australia and it turns out this one was especially hot...

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2 Mar

Here is a peek at the publish workflow we’re currently working on at Astro Digital. I select the most recent Landsat scene for my project area and…

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17 Feb

Libra is a fast image browser for previewing and downloading Landsat imagery. We work with a ton of imagery from our own internal archives and built Libra to make it easier for our teams to search and download imagery faster. Today, we made it totally open source, licensed under BSD so other companies can modify this for their own imagery and search...

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9 Jan

We’re working on new interface designs to make imagery easy to browse and download for the commercial industry — from agriculture to insurance. This imagery browser is first going to be our internal QA tool. The browser lets us look at imagery steaming in; both from our...

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