First Image from RapidEye Small Sats

RapidEye unveiled its first image on Oct. 21 from its constellation of five Earth observation satellites. It shows the area of El Bolsón in Argentina near the Argentinian-Chilean border. El Bolsón is situated in the far southwest of the Río Negro Province in Argentina at the foot of the Piltriquitron Mountain. The image was acquired from satellite RapidEye #1, named Choros, at a nadir view angle and has a pixel size of 5 meters. This demonstration image highlights the capabilities of RapidEye imagery in many market segments, by showing diverse landscapes that include agricultural fields, forests, cities and roads.

The image covers an area of 12.5 km square, a quarter of RapidEye's regular tile size. For demonstration purposes, the radiometric resolution has been reduced to 8 bit from the regular 12 bit. RapidEye is releasing the image in two band combinations: True Color (RGB) and Color Infrared (CIR). While the True Color version (shown here) can be used for cartographic purposes, the Color Infrared (CIR) version is suitable for biomass monitoring:

United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket

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This image was downloaded to KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services) in Svalbard, Norway and electronically transmitted to the RapidEye headquarters in Brandenburg, Germany.

The commissioning and calibration phase that the RapidEye system is currently undergoing is expected to last into December, allowing for commercial operations to start by the end of this year. At that time RapidEye plans to have radiometrically corrected and orthorectified demonstration datasets available for download on the company website. They will include all accompanying metadata files.

Imaging Notes included news of the successful simultaneous launch of these five satellites in the Fall issue; the first image was not yet available.


TerraSAR-X Images for Year-End

The Fall issue of Imaging Notes featured a story about TerraSAR-X, showing several images for a variety of applications.

Infoterra GmbH is now offering a unique opportunity for those with specific budgetary strategies towards the end of the fiscal year. When ordering an individually defined data volume until December 10th, customers receive a volume discount of up to 30% for these data orders. See for more details.


NCSE Conference is Dec. 8-10 in D.C.

Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World: 9th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment

The National Council for Science and the Environment invites you to the 9th National Conference to help in developing and advancing science-based solutions to the biodiversity crisis. This conference is an opportunity for dialogue with leading scientists, policy makers, government, civil society, industry leaders, educators, and other solutions-oriented innovators to develop a new biodiversity conservation strategy.

Keynotes will be delivered by Thomas Friedman, author of the new book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded," and J. Craig Venter, Founder and President, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI).

Lifetime achievement awards will be presented by Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland and Former Director of National Science Foundation, to:

  • George Rabb, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society;

  • Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden;

  • Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.

Please note that online registration will close on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. EST. To register:


Lidar Survey: Your Input Is Requested

Market research on the global airborne lidar market is underway. We invite everyone involved in lidar, from end user to manufacturer, to take the 5-8 minute survey online at This study is totally independent of any suppliers of lidar technology or services.

Results will be presented at the ILMF in New Orleans on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at 3 p.m. The study becomes more representative as the number of participants increases. In addition to taking the survey, you can also help by passing the link on to your suppliers, customers and clients.

Thank you for your support. An executive summary will be sent to respondents who provide their email addresses for that purpose.

International Lidar Mapping Forum Early Deadline is Nov. 30

Join Lidar industry leaders, pioneers, experts from government, academia and professionals at the ILMF in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 26 – 28, 2009.

You need to act quickly to secure the early bird discount rate. After November 30, 2008,the cost increases from $399 to $499 for a full delegate. For more details visit and to register now visit:


Where 2.0 Call for Submissions

Where 2.0 is the gathering spot for professionals looking for fast-paced information about location on the web. The past five years have seen significant changes in the geospatial web. Its importance and functionality has matured—it's not just maps anymore! Now it's full of rich imagery, location-aware platforms, and open data. Where 2.0 2009 will explore these topics and more. Learn more at

If you have something to say let us know by Dec. 2 and submit a talk to our CFP. Where 2.0 2009 will take place in San Jose, CA from May 19-21, 2009. Join us!

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