10 Aug 2011
Back in 2009, we coined the term “DIY GEOINT” because we were fully inspired by a couple of enterprising MIT students who launched a camera to the edge of space and took some amazing photos of earth. After that, it seems that the floodgates simply opened up when it came to the grassroots and open source mapping done by average citizens. We had a “MacGyver-like” toolkit for making your own satellite for a mere $100. And students from the Potomac School took an image of the Earth’s curvature. So what is next? A group in New Orleans called The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) is working to create an aerial view of the earth that is entirely constructed by the public.
10 Mar 2011
The “do it yourself” mentality is as American as apple pie. Our great nation was founded on the desire to create and innovate, often without the help of others. It gives us a sense of pride and fulfillment when we achieve the unthinkable often with very little resources. As our dedicated readers know, we were one of the first media outlets to cover the ideal of DIY GEOINT: where smart people develop solutions for taking aerial images on a shoe string budget, often done “MacGyver”-style. Remember the enterprising MIT students who launched a camera — purchased on eBay by the way — into near space and took some amazing images of Earth? Well, these smart fellows started GEOINT revolution called “Grassroots Mapping,” and let’s just say it’s pretty awesome. Check out more about how you too can become the MacGyver of your neighborhood by becoming a grassroots mapper in this post.
23 Dec 2010
We always find news about launching anything into space to be very cool. Do you all remember our coverage of the MIT students who launched a camera into space and took the most amazing photos? Well, perhaps the folks at Google were inspired by these forward-thinking students when they launched the Android OS into space via a weather balloon. Google sent seven payloads up, up into near space, each equipped with a Nexus S, all in the name of collecting data about the sensors in Nexus S – GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. You know something is legit when Google does it. Check out the full story behind Google’s foray into launching stuff into space in this post.
14 Oct 2009
Following is an exclusive podcast with MIT students Oliver Yeh and Justin Lee. For a mere $148.00, these enterprising students launched a camera to the edge of space and took some amazing photos of earth. It is the ultimate tale of D.I.Y. GEOINT. We are also excited to announce that both Oliver and Justin will be attending GEOINT 2009 as VIPs and they look forward to the incredible opportunity of meeting leaders from the industry, defense and intelligence sector. Stay tuned for more news from GEOINT 2009 from these two rising stars in the GEOINT community.
22 Sep 2009
Let’s face it. Most GEOINT technologies are very sophisticated and costly. And, rightly so…they protect our troops and our nation. You can’t put a price tag on that. But, what if we told you that for a mere $148.00, a couple of MIT students launched a camera to the edge of space and took some amazing photos of earth. It is the ultimate tale of D.I.Y. GEOINT. Hey, did we coin a new term here? Is this the next trend in GEOINT? Enterprising and creative people devising ways of launching items into space. You all may recall that for $8,000, you can launch your own personal spy satellite. But, this is taking it to the next level — a grassroots, everyman-on-the-streets approach to GEOINT.