Even this blog can’t escape the political environment at the moment. Two recent articles show how politics will affect the use of EO data in the future.
The first details how the Trump administration is planning to re-introduce fees for accessing US satellite data. This data has been free for a decade and has revolutionized the geospatial industry, especially in the US, helping to create a multi-billion dollar enterprise. However the decision is in keeping with the Trump administrations general hostility toward NASA’s EO program.
The second shows how Brexit is posing a significant threat to the UK’s space industry generally but specifically the UKs access to the non-public (i.e.e defence) services from the EUs Galileo program.
I suppose both are good news stories for ESA and Copernicus and perhaps they point to future opportunities in the space sector for Ireland?
The magnetic field generated by Earth crust has been mapped in greater detail than ever before, thanks largely to ESA’s Swarm mission
I recently wrote a general interest piece on remote sensing, Copernicus and agriculture for the Engineers Journal published by Engineers Ireland.
Its available now online on the Engineers Journal website.
Well not quite but Thompson Reuters has just released their top 3000 cited scientists globally.The Irish times article lists 11 scientists working Ireland and 2 of them we can claim for RS.
Colin O’Dowd in NUIG has been working with EO data in climate studies for years and is one of the driving forces behind the SFI EO center application, ACEObs.
And Colm O’Donnell is a world-class expert in hyperspectral sensing and Image Processing in food production.
If you missed this morning’s piece on the Sentinel Launch tonight.
Its up on RTE Player:
The sentinel bit starts in at about 1hr 5mins
RTE will be covering the launch of the Sentinel Satellite tomorrow on “Morning Edition” @ 10.15 see me.