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31 Aug 2010

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Airlines Using GPS to Land at Airports (Finally)

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We often take for granted the fact that most of our cars have a built in GPS systems, and it is soo pervasive that even grandma knows how to use one. GPS gets us where we need to go, and it removes the most common road trip challenges: getting lost. So, we were a bit stumped when we came across this NY Times story about how American Airlines just NOW followed a satellite-based approach to Bradley International Airport near Hartford last week. According to the article, it was a momentous occasion, at least according to the pilot. Wouldn’t one assume that airlines would be using one of the most ubiquitous technologies available? Yes, rhetorical question. The reason for the delay is that the American air traffic infrastructure is so well established, and change is well, hard. Check out the full NY Times story here.

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30 Aug 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Hurricane Katrina and Google Earth, Major Space Changes, and Consumers NOT Digging Location-Based Services

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post. We hope everyone enjoyed the last official August weekend of 2010. Whether you were watching Entourage, or watching the Emmy Awards (go Modern Family!) last night, the inevitable was going to happen: Monday morning would eventually arrive. But fret not. We have pulled together all the news you need to ease the transition back into the real world. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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27 Aug 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Complete Situational Awareness

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought Post on got geoint? Yes, it is Friday and you are merely a few hours away from spending two precious days away with friends and family. Or perhaps you have a weekend date with your DVR to catch up on your favorite TV shows. Eitherway, congratulations. You made it to Friday. Earlier this week, we did a post about situational GEOINT awareness for the average consumer. So, we thought the concept of “situational awareness” and just how “aware” we can be to our surroundings. Oh, and yes, we apologize for the Mike “The Situation” photo – could not help ourselves. Happy Friday!

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26 Aug 2010

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Solar System with Earth-Size Planet Found – Perhaps We Are Not Alone?

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We admit that much of our coverage is about looking at our great planet from space. Well today we are going to turn the tides and look in the other direction – from Earth out into space. After six years of intensive observations, astronomers have identified a distant solar system with at least five Neptune-class worlds orbiting within 130 million miles or so of the parent star–closer than Mars is to the sun. According to CNET, two other planets are believed to be present, including one just 1.4 times as massive as Earth. So what does this mean? This planet would be the smallest yet discovered, additional proof that Earth-size planets are falling within the reach of current Earth-based instruments.

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25 Aug 2010

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Wednesday News Summary: Apple Acquired Geo-Location Patent, NASA Satellites for Tracking Ocean Plant Life on Last Legs and Much More

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As our faithful got geoint? readers know, we often like to do a mid-week news summary post – especially when there is just soo much news to cover. For this installment, we have a completely mixed bag of stories related to the GEOINT world. From Apple acquiring a geo-location patent, to analysis on how aerial mapping will continue to grow despite the recession, as well as a story about some NASA satellites for measuring ocean plant life being on their last legs. Although we often use this expression for the Monday Morning post, here we go. Fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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24 Aug 2010

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PODCAST: Mr. Matt O’Connell, CEO, GeoEye, Discusses EnhancedView Contract and More

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USGIF Member company GeoEye is always on the leading edge when it comes to providing exceptional quality imaging products. Earlier this month, GeoEye announced that it won a $3.8 billion contract award from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity. The contract is part of the agency’s EnhancedView program, which uses high-resolution images gathered by commercial satellites. Following is an exclusive podcast Matt O’Connell, GeoEye’s CEO and President and USGIF board member, who discusses this contract and other GeoEye updates.

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24 Aug 2010

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Situational GEOINT Awareness for the Average Consumer

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It was only a matter of time when GEOINT technologies would permeate our daily lives. While the use of GPS and technologies like Four Square are used everyday by many, there is a new movement where complete situational GEOINT awareness is provided by Smart Phones. This past weekend, the NY Times did a story about Smart Phone applications that allow the average user to gain a deep understanding of the world around them. Want to know the artist responsible for the print hanging in that restaurant? The name of the building with the enormous gargoyles? The last selling price of that house up ahead? Just point your Smart Phone in that direction and you will have that situational data at your finger tips. All we can say is very cool. GEOINT continues to take over and will continue to make our lives better. Welcome all thoughts and feedback.

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23 Aug 2010

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PODCAST: Adam Keith, Director, Earth Observation, Euroconsult, Discusses Symposium on Earth Observation Business

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On September 9-10, more than 100 leaders from the Earth Observation community including senior executives from satellite operators, manufacturers, government agencies and service providers, will be gathering in Paris for Euroconsult’s upcoming Symposium on Earth Observation Business, which takes place during World Satellite Business Week. This high-profile event is a unique meeting place to discuss market trends and the opportunities and challenges ahead in the growing and changing Earth observation sector. Following is an exclusive podcast with Adam Keith, Director, Earth Observation, Euroconsult about this event and other EO trends and topics.

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23 Aug 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Robert Cardillo to Boost Collaboration for ODNI; Clapper Brings Sense of Humor to Job; SAIC Wins TASER Contract

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend and were able to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. It seems that 2010 has been a major year for the IC. General Clapper is the new DNI. Letitia Long now heads the NGA. And, Robert Cardillo will now be serving in a deputy role at the ODNI. Be sure to check out our 2009 podcast with Mr. Cardillo here. And of course, be sure to fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.

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20 Aug 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Treat The Youths Right; What Next-Gen GEOINTers Are Really Thinking

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? We hope everyone had a productive week and are gearing up for back to school time – man, how fast summer flies by. This week’s FFT theme is all about the next generation of GEOINTers and what makes them tick. By better understanding this new generation — many who are enrolling as freshmen in college — we will be better suited to create the next leaders of our community. And, we end this post with the anthem for how to deal with the upcoming generation – treat them right. Happy Friday!

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