Skybox Imaging Offering Some Free Imagery to Nonprofits

I have been following Skybox Imaging with interest since its inception and launch, starting from its amazing idea of a cheap space segment for earth observation: a constellation of small cheap satellites. Skybox Imaging was recently acquired by Google, and now they are starting to offer some free imagery through their Skybox for Good program to specific users. The program has started in its beta phase for now, limited to certain nonprofits. However, all data acquired under this program is also freely available through Google Earth Engine here; with a few clicks, the GeoTIFF files can be downloaded immediately.

Perhaps we are now entering the era of easily accessible high resolution remote sensing data, and, data crunching, analysis and information extraction methods and algorithms for the vast amounts of data being collected by remote sensing satellites will start to become an even more valuable commodity than they are now.

See coverage of this news by TechCrunch here.

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About WQ

I received my PhD (2013) in Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science at the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, under a Fulbright fellowship. Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Space Science at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan, where I have been a founding member of the Geospatial Research & Education Lab (GREL). My general expertise is in Remote Sensing where I have worked with various remote sensing datasets through my career, while for my PhD thesis I specifically worked on Remote Sensing using SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and Oceanography, working extensively on development of techniques to measure ocean surface currents from space-borne SAR intensity images and interferometric data. My research interests are: Remote sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery and interferometric data processing & analysis, Visible/Infrared/High-resolution satellite image processing & analysis, Oceanography, Earth system study and modelling, LIDAR data processing and analysis, Scientific programming. I am a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Forest Ecosystems, GIScience & Remote Sensing, Journal of African Earth Sciences, and Italian Journal of Agronomy. I am an alumnus of Pakistan National Physics Talent Contest (NPTC), an alumnus of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a Fulbright alumnus, and the Pakistan National Point of Contact for Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). I was an invited speaker at the TEDxIslamabad event held in Nov., 2014. I've served as mentor in the NASA International Space App Challenge Islamabad events in April 2015 and April 2016.

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