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eNewsletter November 2006

Microsoft Virtual Earth™ 3D Releasing Tuesday

Microsoft has announced that 3D models of 15 cities will be available this Tuesday, November 7 on www.virtualearth.com and www.live.com. Virtual Earth™ 3D provides users with a 3D search experience. When people visit Live Search, type a query into the search bar and click on the “maps” tab, they get search results in a map context that offers the options of exploring the area using 2D views (aerial and bird’s-eye) or 3D models with Virtual Earth™ 3D, which compiles photographic images of cities and terrain to generate textured, photorealistic 3-D models with engineering-level accuracy.

3D models are currently available for 15 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.

At the GeoInt conference, Microsoft will be showing Virtual Earth™ and will host industry partners that will demonstrate the potential of Virtual Earth™ for geospatial intelligence.

You first read about Microsoft’s purchase of Vexcel to serve as the foundation for the building of Virtual Earth™ in the Summer issue of Imaging Notes. Click here to read “Building a Virtual Earth” in Imaging Notes’ Summer Issue.

Click through to Virtual Earth™ 3D on/after Tuesday, November 7.

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Announcing Our New Editorial Board

Imaging Notes announces that some of the best minds in the field have joined our team as the new Editorial Advisory Board to provide vision, guidance and wisdom, which will bring you the best publication possible. We also have a new tagline to clarify our mission: "Earth Remote Sensing for Security, Energy and the Environment."

Fall 2006 Issue Now Online!

A full report of Europe's satellites, current and planned, by Theresa Hitchens of the Center for Defense Information is featured. See the cover story here.

MetaCarta's geospatial referencing of text in the feature, "Imaging and Data Linked by Geospatial Intelligence," is detailed here.

Drought is a natural disaster deserving attention. Read about it in our story, "Urgency of Drought Beginning to Sink In." The National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 (NIDIS) was passed by the House on Sept. 26, 2006. The bill was subsequently passed on to the Senate for consideration, though no vote has been scheduled as of yet.

HQ U.S. Army Europe's use of commercial imagery and a demo for GEOSS that took place in Beijing are included as well. Read more about this issue in the Editor's Letter.

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