Apply for Takor’s Female Summer Internship

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with WiTWA (Women in Technology WA) to create a position for a female intern over the summer.

This is to show our support for women in technology, and to also encourage them to consider a career in the exciting geospatial industry. So if you are or know a woman with a passion for GIS or skills in technology, read on to hear how to apply!

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This internship has been created to give one female a hands on experience in a technology company and the opportunity to make valuable contacts. Furthermore, as a geospatial company we would also like to encourage them to consider a career in the rapidly growing GIS industry.

The paid position will commence over the summer for eight weeks full time, or part time if the chosen candidate is still studying. They will work in our Perth office and gain experience by working on either Mappt or Kojai. The tasks given will vary depending on their skills, so they could be doing anything from writing code, web development or graphic design.

To be eligible for the internship, applicants must:

  • Be female
  • Have skills in the technology field
  • Show evidence of interest in a career in the technology industry
  • A passion for GIS/geospatial technology is preferred but not essential

Application Procedure

To apply for the eight week paid postion, please send us your CV plus a covering letter. This covering letter should introduce yourself, outline your skills and have a 300-500 word article describing how you think technology will change the world in the near future, highlighting geospatial technology.

Closing Date

Applications must be sent to before Friday 20th November 2015.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Good luck!

Mobile Thermal Cameras

Just like all things technology, Thermal Imagery is advancing rapidly. In the past year alone there have been some considerable breakthroughs with thermal cameras. As most electronics advance, shrink, become faster and more affordable, so has the thermal camera. Last year in 2014 FLIR discretely unveiled its concept and prototype for a mobile phone mounted miniature thermal camera, the FLIR One.

The world was excited by this news but we all know that when something like this occurs it’s quickly followed by competition. Late last year a new mobile mounted thermal camera was announced called the SEEK Thermal. There are other devices under development but at this stage we have decided to review and compare the FLIR One and SEEK Thermal as they are the only publicly available mobile thermal cameras on the market.

 

FLIR One

After the buzz that came about the revelation of perhaps the world’s first mobile mounted thermal sensor FLIR released the FLIR One consumer model in 2014. It comes in the form of a two step iPhone 5 or 5s case. The first case is much like a standard hard case (with a FLIR logo) and the second stage a clip on unit that contains the camera sensors and extended power supply for the camera. This duel case system makes it a little clumsy and bulky but you have the choice of only attaching the Thermal Lens unit when required, although this requires you to carry it around with you everywhere, separately.

When operating the thermal camera, the image is visible directly on the iPhone screen. You will need to download the FLIR One app from the Apple app store in order to use it of course.

The app is a breeze to use and is very similar and in-line with other FLIR software. There are all the basic settings such as colour pallet, emissivity settings and basic analysis tools including a lens calibration tool. You can also take thermal imagery in a number of different ways. Still image, time-lapse and video. Although the video will contains no radiometric information.

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The FLIR One. iPhone 5 / 5s thermal camera case attachment.

 

Below are some technical specifications of the FLIR One

Scene range temperature: 32 °F to 212 °F (O °C to 100 °C)
Operating temp: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Weight: 3.9oz, 110grams
Dimensions: L 5.5 inches (140 mm) x W 2.4 inches (61 mm) x H .85 inches (22 mm)
Battery capacity: 1400 mA/h (maximum thermal imager battery life is approximately four hours continuous use. FLIR ONE does not consume power from the iPhone battery, nor does it charge the iPhone battery)
Core: FLIR Lepton thermal camera core
Visible camera: VGA (used for FLIR® MSX® blending)
Sensitivity: ability to detect temperature differences as small as 0.18 °F (0.1°C)
Charging method: micro USB and 1A wall charger (charges FLIR ONE but not the iPhone)
iPhone compatibility: iPhone5, iPhone5S running iOS 7 or above
The FLIR ONE app is available for download from the Apple App Store.
Included accessories: USB charging cable, iPhone case, and jack audio adapter.
Certifications and standards: FCC, CE, RoHS, CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B), UL

 

For a first to market tech product the FLIR One preforms very well. Although as one may guess it has a lot of  space for improvement. Many of these improvements have already been made. FLIR has announced that it will be releasing the second generation FLIR One sometime in mid to late 2015.

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The new 2015 FLIR One thermal camera dongle.

 

Some of the improvements are:

  • More powerful thermal sensor able to capture thermal images four times the resolution of the old FLIR One Leptom sensor.
  • Compact attachable unit that supports Lighting jack and MicroUSB connections. This makes it compatible with a wide range of phones including android smartphones.
  • Pricing to be lower than original release price. Also the original FLIR One will have its price lowered.

 

Seek Thermal

The Seek Thermal was released into the consumer market at the end of Q3 2014 and was met with positive reviews. It was one of the first competitors to the FLIR One and brought with it some enhancements that are worth serious consideration when deciding to purchase a mobile thermal device.

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The Seek Thermal mobile dongle.

The first thing one notices is the different form factor of the two cameras. The Seek Thermal has been released as a dongle little larger than the average human adult thumb, where as the FLIR One is a bulky two stage extension iPhone case.

Another positive for the Seek Thermal is the thermal sensor, which is called the “True Thermal Sensor,” it’s in fact a vanadium oxide microbolometer which is capable of detecting long-wave infra-red between 7.2 and 13 microns. This gives you a thermal sensor with a total of 32,136 “Thermal Pixels” spread across a 206-by-156 pixel array. This is a far larger sensor than that of the Lepton sensor in the FLIR One which is a mere 80 x 60 thermal pixels. This means that the overall thermal image is more prises as there are more points of measurement.

Although the thermal image is higher in accuracy and sharper than the FLIR One images, the FLIR One attempts to step around this with FLIR’s MSX feature. MSX artificially enhances the thermal image by combining the thermal image with a higher resolution digital image to output a clearer and easier to interpret thermal image, albeit not as accurate.

One last thing that may put the SEEK Thermal a little further ahead of the FLIR One (first generation 2014) is the price tag at almost half the price.

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The new and improved Seek Thermal XR seen paired with both iPhone and Android Phone

Much like the FLIR One, SEEK Thermal is soon releasing its own new and improved version with the SEEK Thermal XR. The new model will showcase a manual focus lens as well as the ability to optically zoom in on your targets, something even some high end thermal cameras lack.

Something tells me that this is just the beginning, competition is always good for advancement.

 

If you would like to know more about our range of FLIR products you can visit our Perth office here, or visit our thermal cameras website here.

You can find out more about the FLIR One here and the new Seek Thermal here.

The Lodos winds and the Sahara

Dust from the Sahara Desert sweeps over the Mediterranean sea and into Turkey.

On February 1st 2015 Western Turkey and Greece experienced something quiet surreal, a strong south-westerly wind that was so strong that it produced large waves, damaged buildings and had many flights grounded in both countries. This wind which the local Turks call Lodos, literary meaning “southern wind” is a common occurrence and can happen as many as twenty times a year, sometimes with debilitating results.

Although it produces a great deal of turbulent waters in the Mediterranean and even in parts of the Black Sea it on occasion picks up dust from the Sahara desert in Africa. This dust is often carried as far north as Southern Ukraine and is very mineral rich. Although the minerals have been stated to be very beneficial to plant life in the area, prolonged exposure to humans can cause headaches, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. At its hight the dust cloud can cripple urban centres as visibility drops to near blinding and all major transport is halted, this includes planes, trains, cars and even sea vessels. At times the Bosphorus Strait is even closed off till the winds and dust subside.

The below images captured by the MODIS instrument on board the Aqua satellite showing the extent of the dust stretching across the Mediterranean Sea and over Greece and Turkey.

The dust cloud can be clearly seen here over the Mediterranean Sea. Image courtesy of NASA.

 

The dust cloud highlighted in shades of orange. Image courtesy of NASA.

More images of the event can be seen on NASA’s Worldview website here.

If you would like to know more about Scantherma’s remote sensing services you can drop by our Perth office where one of our technicians will be glad to assist, or alternatively you can visit the remote sensing section of our website here.

FLIR vs Fluke

Which is the best thermal camera, FLIR or Fluke?

This is a question we get asked all the time by those who are either looking to purchase a thermal camera, or use our thermal imaging service.

To start with we are a FLIR distributor in Perth, Australia and only offer and support FLIR products, so I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible. Secondly, we don’t have access to the full range of Fluke products like we do with FLIR products, so we’ve reviewed two cameras that are as close as possible in functionality.

Both the FLIR E4 and the Fluke Ti90 are entry level thermal cameras, so they share many traits, although they each excel in certain areas.

Scantherma FLIR E4 vs Fluke Ti90 Thermal Cameras

 FLIR E4

The E4 is the lowest spec thermal camera in FLIR’s Ex range. With the release of the Ex series FLIR introduced the world to a new thermal imaging type, MSX or Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging. This was a great leap in thermal imaging as it enhanced the thermal image to a great degree. With the MSX function now standard on all new cameras and firm-ware updates, the user could make out detail that previously only the highest range of cameras were able to produce.

FLIR MSX

As can be seen from the images above there is a great improvement in image fidelity when the image mode is set to MSX. You can make out detail that is usually impossible with standard thermal images. Things such as labels, surface detail and even objects behind glass are now visible. These details don’t show any temperature difference and are therefore invisible in standard thermal images, especially items behind glass, which is treated as a solid object by thermal cameras. But with MSX turned on you can see it all.

Below is a video showcasing FLIR’s MSX thermal imaging mode.

 

 Fluke Ti90

What sets the Fluke Ti90 aside from some of the other thermal cameras in the same price range is that it has wireless capabilities through Fluke Connect™. With Fluke Connect one can link to a mobile device and review the data that’s been captured and analyse it in the field. This functionality is available on FLIR cameras in the Exx series and above, but not the Ex series. However bear in mind that Fluke Connect™ is not available in all countries.

 

The two cameras side by side

Function FLIR E4 Fluke Ti90
Imaging and Optical Data    
IR Resolution
(the level of detail within each thermal image)
80 x 60 (4600) pixels 80 x 60 (4600) pixels
Thermal Sensitivity/NETD
(the camera’s ability to adjust to temperature changes )
<0.15°C (0.11°F) /<60mK ≤0.15°C at 30° target temp (150mK)
Field of View (FOV)
(the angle of which the camera lens can see)
45 x 34° 19.5 x 26°
Spatial Resolution
(governs how far away the camera can be from a measurement point and still determine accurate results)
10.3mRad 5.6mRad
Focus Type Focus-free Fixed focus 46cm (18″) and beyond
Minimum Focus Distance 48cm 122cm
Display Type 3.0″ 320 x 240 colour LCD 3.5″ diagonal LCD screen (portrait format)
IR/Overlay Fusion Image MSX No
Temperature Measurements
Measurement Range –20°C to +250°C (–4°F to +482°F) -20 °C to +250 °C (-4 °F to +482 °F)
Accuracy ±2°C (±3.6°F) or ±2% of reading, for ambient temperature
10°C to 35°C (+50°F to 95°F) and object temperature
above +0°C (+32°F)
± 2 °C or 2% (at 25 °C nominal, whichever is greater)
Measurement Analysis
Colour Palette Options
(switch between these to change the appearance of thermal images)
Black/white, iron and rainbow Ironbow, blue-red and greyscale
Digital Camera 640 x 480 pixels 2 megapixel industrial performance
Connectivity
USB Yes Yes
WiFi No Yes (Fluke Connect™)
General Data
Memory System Internal memory storage of at least 500 sets of images
Micro-USB data transfer to PC and MAC
Removable 4GB SD card and 8GB wireless SD Card
Direct download via USB to PC connection
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion battery 1 x lithium ion smart battery pack with five-segment LED display with charge level display
Battery Life Approx 4 hours at +25°C (+77°F) ambient temperature and typical use 4+ hours continuous use per battery pack (assumes 50% brightness of LCD/average usage)
Dimensions 24.4 x 9.5 x 1.4cm (9.6 x 3.7 x 5.5 inches) 28.4 x 8.6 x 13.5cm (11.2 x 3.4 x 5.3 inches)
Package Includes
Power Supply AC Charger/ Power Supply with Mains Adapters AC Power Adapter
Battery Lithium Ion Battery Lithium Ion Smart Battery
Interfacing USB Cable USB Cable
Memory Built-in SD Card
Fluke Connect Wireless SD Card
Carrying Case Hard Carrying Case Soft Transport Bag
Software FLIR Tools Software (Free Download) Fluke SmartView Software
Calibration Certificate Yes No
Pricing
RRP Australian Dollar (ex GST) $1350 $1950

 

As can be seen from the above table the two cameras are very close in functionality and packaging, but we think there’s a clear choice if you had to choose between the two.

The Good, Bad and Ugly

FILR E4

Pros
— Higher Thermal Sensitivity at <0.15°C (0.11°F) /<60mK
— Wide Field of View (FOV) at 45 x 34°
— Minimum focal distance of 48cm
— MSX
— Hard Case
— Price
Cons
— Low Spatial Resolution
— Digital Camera very low res at 640 x 480 pixels
— Internal Memory limiting images taken and expandability
Ugly
— No WiFi Capabilities

 

Fluke Ti90

Pros
— Higher Spatial Resolution
— Larger LCD screen
— 2 megapixel Digital Camera
— WiFi with Fluke Connect (limited to some countries)
— Removable memory cards (SD card and WiFi SD Card)
Cons
— Low Thermal Sensitivity at ≤0.15°C at 30° target temp (150mK)
— Tight lens viewing angle
— 122cm minimum focal distance
— No image overlay eg, MSX
— Price
— No Calibration Certificate
Ugly
— Soft Transport Bag

The Winner is…

Although the Fluke Ti90 does come with some very nice features and is fully capable of doing the job, the FLIR E4 takes it all a step further. Both cameras share the same IR (Infrared) resolution of 80 x 60 pixels, arguably the most important factor when comparing thermal cameras, but the E4 has a far more sensitive sensor, which enables it to take more accurate readings. It also has a wider angle lens that comes in handy in tight spaces, allowing you to capture a larger area without the need to step back too far from your target. But what really sets it apart from the Fluke Ti90 is FLIR’s MSX feature, which as can be seen from the above images enhances the thermal image considerably, allowing you to see detail not visible in standard thermal images.  Finally, the FLIR E4 sells at a much lower price, making it the most affordable thermal camera in its range.

If you would like more information on our FLIR range of cameras please visit our Thermal Camera website at www.australianthermalcameras.com.au. If you would like further help deciding which camera is best for your business and project, you can contact us at info@scantherma.com.au or call 0434 065 203 any time and one of our friendly technicians will assist you.

Alternatively if you would like to test the power of thermal imagery before you commit to purchasing a camera, Scantherma also offer thermal imaging service. You can find out more here.

The FLIR Ex Series

The FLIR Ex Thermal Cameras

FLIR has an ever growing range of thermal cameras that meet any need you could think of. From tiny little thermal sensors that fit onto your iPhone, to large scale surveillance units, they’re used by scientists, military, law-enforcement, educational institutions and trades-people. If you’re the latter, there’s a particular series that’s perfect for you. Say hello to the Ex Series Thermal Cameras…

 

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What’s under the Hood?

There are a total of four cameras in the Ex series. The E4, E5, E6 and E8.

Physically all the Ex series cameras look identical except for the model name displayed directly above the 3″ LCD screen, but internally they’re very different. Let’s take a closer look…

Common Specs

Imaging performance
Field of view/min focus distance 45º x 34º / 0.5 m
Spectral range 7.5 – 13 µm
Image Frequency 9 Hz
Focus Focus free
Focal Plane Array (FPA) Uncooled microbolometer
Image Presentation
Display 3” 320 x 240 color LCD
Image adjustment Automatic adjust/lock image
Measurement
Object temperature range -20°C to +250°C
Accuracy ±2 °C or ±2% of reading , for ambient temperature 10°C to 35°C and object temperature above + 0°C
Measurement analysis
Spotmeter Center spot
Emissivity correction Variable from 0.1 to 1.0
Emissivity table Emissivity table of predefined materials
Reflected apparent temperature correction Automatic, based on input of reflected temperature
Setup
Color palettes Iron, Rainbow and Black/White
Set-up commands Local adaptation of units, language, date and time formats
Image Storage
Image storage capacity Internal memory store at least 500 sets of images
Image storage mode Simultaneous storage of images in IR, visual and MSX
File formats Standard JPEG – 14 bit measurement data included
Data communication interfaces
Interfaces USB Micro: Data transfer to and from PC and Mac device
Power system
Battery Type Li-lon rechargeable
Battery voltage 3.7 V
Battery operating time Approx. 4 hours at +25ºC ambient temperature and typical use
Charging system Battery is charged inside the camera or in specific charger
Charging time 2.5 hours to 90% capacity in camera. 2 hours in charger
Power management Automatic shutdown
AC operation AC adapter, 90-260 VAC input, 5 VDC output to camera
Environmental specifications
Operating temperature range -15°C to +50°C
Storage temperature range -40°C to +70°C
Humidity IEC 60068-2-30/24 h 95% relative humidity
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 244 x 95 x 140 mm
Weight 575 g, including battery
Shipping size 303 x 206 x 128 mm
Shipping weight 2.7 kg (FLIR E8: 2.95 kg)
Standard package

 

Functional Comparison

FLIR E4 FLIR E5 FLIR E6 FLIR E8

IR resolution

x 60 pixels x 90 pixels x 120 pixels x 240 pixels

MSX resolution

x 240 pixels x 240 pixels x 240 pixels x 240 pixels

Thermal sensitivity

0.15°C 0.10°C 0.06°C 0.06°C

Spatial resolution (IFOV)

10.3 mrad 6.9 mrad 5.2 mrad 2.6 mrad

Image modes

IR image, visual image,MSX®, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery

Colour alarm

NA NA Blue below or red above set temperature Blue below or red above set temperature

Image Comparisons

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Ex image comparison: Image mode-Thermal Only with Rainbow colour pallet.

 

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Ex image comparison: Image mode-MSX with Rainbow colour pallet.

 

Video tour of the FLIR Ex-Series

Which camera is best for me?

As you can see from the information above, the four thermal cameras in the Ex range do share some common functionality, but they also differ in many ways. This can be a little confusing when choosing a camera from the Ex series.

The first thing you must take into account is your budget as there is quiet a price difference between the four camera models. Ranging from approximately AUD $1400 to $5500 it is important to make the right choice.

The second point that must be addressed is your purpose. What are you going to be using the camera for? Are you going to require a sharp image or will a low detailed image give you the information you need? This is where you have to consider the camera’s “Thermal Sensor”. As the images above show, the higher the thermal sensor’s resolution, the higher the accuracy of the image.

The E4

This is the baby of the series and is a good camera suitable for a wide range of situations. If you require basic temperature gauging and inspection then it will achieve that with no issues. But don’t expect the sort of detail, or clarity you may get with the higher models.

The E5 & E6

For most trades related projects (plumbing, electrical, building structure, moisture investigations, energy efficiency, etc) an E5 or E6 are perfect as their features and thermal sensor resolution along with their price tag make them good value for money. The E5 functions are closer to the E4 while the E6 is closer to the E8.

The E8

This camera is the most advanced, equipped with the highest resolution thermal sensor with the most accurate thermal range. The E8 is ideal for all the above stated trades as well as the veterinary, medical and mechanical fields, however naturally this all comes with a much higher price.

At the end of the day your budget may dictate your choice of camera, but have in mind that buying the wrong camera for the job may end up costing you more in the long term.

Where do I go from here?

If you would like more information on the Ex series, including current pricing and downloadable brochures you can visit our thermal camera website here. Or if  you would like a closer look you can contact one of our helpful technicians at our Perth office on 0434 065 203 and organise a demonstration.

Using Thermal Cameras for Pest Inspections

No matter where you live in the world, you share your habitat with other creatures. Some are tolerable, but others like the termite are pests.

Although there are approximately 4000 termite species, only about 10% are a nuisance to humans.

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Those that pose a threat to our homes are mostly subterranean and have very specific environmental needs, such as . As a colony moves in on a targeted area it constructs a tunnel system or  “gallery”. These galleries are rapidly humidified, as they’re dug out and the temperature is actively regulated.

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Traditional, common investigatory techniques have to excavate or destroy entire areas to detect and eradicate an infestation, but there is a way all of that can be avoided.

With FLIR’s thermal cameras the slightest temperature variations in the termite galleries can be detected without the need to destroy parts of your home. Using the camera you can simply point at a suspected infested area to see the damage clearly and trace it back to the source.

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FLIR thermal cameras are available in many shapes and sizes; although all models will do the job, it’s best to get the camera with the highest thermal sensor resolution your budget will allow. Remember you are dealing with tiny pests, so the more powerful the thermal sensors, the easier it will be to capture the smallest details and accurately lead you to the most minute termite traces.

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For more information on our FLIR thermal camera range and accessories please visit our thermal camera website at www.australianthermalcameras.com.au.

You can also check out our FLIR Thermal Camera videos on our YouTube channel here.

Our FLIR building inspection video.

Alternatively you can pay us a visit at our Perth office at Unit D2, 33-37 Murry rd South, Welshpool where one of our friendly technicians will help you get started.

 

FLOCK of Doves

Planet Labs, a relatively new private satellite company based in San Francisco has launched 28 Doves into space. Why would anyone release doves into space you may ask. Well these are no ordinary doves, they are micro imaging satellites.

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Doves in Space.

 

In January this year Planet Labs sent the small “Flock” of their satellites on board the Antares rocket to rendezvous with the ISS (International Space Station). In February they were launched into orbit. Flock 1 as the 28 satellites are collectively named is currently the largest constellation of satellites in orbit. Including Flock 1, Planet Labs has 71 small satellites in various orbits around the Earth.

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First two Planet Labs “Doves” are deployed from their container on board the ISS.

 

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Closer look at Planet Labs’ Doves leaving Nanoracks deployment container.

 

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More Doves in space.

For over 4 decades the Landsat mission has been keeping a close eye on Earth, taking images of the entire globe every 7 to 8 days. Now Planet Labs hopes to take it to the next level starting with Flock 1. In the near future there will be many of these “Flocks” of satellites in multiple orbits surrounding the Earth made up of hundreds of individual satellites thus enabling the daily capture of imagery. That’s the image of the entire Earth updated every day. The daily image updates would have many applications not fully satisfied with the current serving orbital image missions.

 

 

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A dove cube nano-satellite with custom artwork. All the Doves will have original artwork on the body.

Another great advantage of the “Dove” satellites is that they are very cost effective. In fact they’re cheap enough to be expendable. This means that the satellites can be deployed as the design and system is still under development and improvement. This drastically cuts down on the cost and time that usually goes into R&D and the stringent testing of satellites before launch.

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28 Doves make up “Flock 1”. All ready for launch.

 

 

Digital Globe’s Worldview 3 Launched

Digital Globe’s WorldView-3 multi-spectral Earth observation satellite was successfully launched on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on August 13th. Taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California the Atlas 5 rocket carried the nearly 3 tonne satellite into a polar sun-synchronous orbit at about 629 kilometres above the Earth’s surface.

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Digital Globe’s WorldView-3 blasting off on board the Atlas 5-401 rocket.

It’s the 10th of 15 launches planned by United Launch Alliance for 2014, and quite an exciting one at that as Worldview-3 is the first satellite to provide high-res multi-spectral imagery for commercial use and is designed to be operational for a minimum of 7.5 years.

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Video of the Atlas 5 launch.

Earlier this year the US Department of Commerce approved a request by Digital Globe to make its ultra-sharp 25cm resolution imagery available for commercial use. Something that was previously only available to the US government and military. This new policy enables Digital Globe to provide 46cm resolution imagery immediately from its satellites currently in orbit, the GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2 satellites. The policy was however accompanied with a requirement, that Digital Globe is to wait until six months after WorldView-3 is fully operational before it can start offering the satellite’s 30cm resolution imagery to commercial costumers.

If you would like more information on the WorldView-3 satellite please follow the links below.

Scantherma_Icon_PNG                 Our WorldView-3 blog

Ball            Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp

ULA logo     United Launch Alliance

 

 

 

Digital Globe’s World-View 3

WorldView-3 prepared and ready for launch

Ball Aerospace’s WorldView-3 satellite has arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ready for launch. It has gone through and passed a full suite of environmental, functional and performance tests in preparation for integration with the launch vehicle, an Atlas 5  Rocket, along with thorough pre-ship reviews by Ball Aerospace and DigitalGlobe. Slated for launch in mid August 2014 it will settle to a final orbital altitude of 617 km above the Earth. It’s the newest of Digital Globe’s orbital remote sensing platforms and the youngest in the WorldView family after WorldView 1 and 2.

The Atlas 5 Launch platform (rocket) ready for take off.

Combined Technologies

There is much excitement surrounding this launch as WorldView-3 has a few new tools in it’s belt.  Ball Aerospace have combined the knowledge and technologies gained through the development and successful launch of  WorldView -1 and -2, QuickBird, QuikSCAT, ICESat, CloudSat, NPP, and Radarsat to develop this new platform. It will be the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for earth observations and advanced geospatial data.

WorldView-3 will be collecting imagery at 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24m multi-spectral resolution, 3.7m short-wave infrared (SWIR) resolution, and 30m CAVIS resolution. All this would not be possible if not for the 1.1m aperature telescope (built by Exelis) that allows it resolutions not achievable by smaller satellites.

Worldview-3 satellite pre-launch diagnostics and tests at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp lab

 

 Great news for Remote Sensing

Up until recently Digital Globe was only licensed to sell imagery of less than 50 cm panchromatic, 2.0m multi-spectral, or 7.5 meter SWIR resolution to the US Military. Now it has been permitted to provide images of up to 25cm (panchromatic) and 1.0m (multi-spectral) to all its customers. Image resolution and clarity that has not been seen before in the commercial market. This high resolution satellite imagery will be available approximately six months after WorldView 3 becomes operational.

If you would like to know more about satellite imagery and Scantherma’s remote sensing services please visit our remote sensing page or drop in to our Perth office during business hours.