gvSIG MOOC: get your head into open source!

This gvSIG online training course is shortly to run - those wanting to dip their toe in the waters of open source GIS might find it useful.

SRTM Update

It’s been a little while since I hoofed over to the SRTM webpage to take a look at what’s going on…. and this time there was some great news. In reverse order and all extremely good:

3. Void-Filled “SRTM Plus” Released (SRTM NASA V3): “SRTM Plus uses SRTM Version 2 (see below) where the radar interferometric method was successful (not void). Most voids are filled with elevation data from the ASTER GDEM2”

2. NASADEM: What’s Next with SRTM: “currently working on a complete reprocessing of the original SRTM radar data in order to produce an improved near-global digital elevation model (DEM) to be called NASADEM.” Due for completion in 2017.

1. U.S. Releases Enhanced Shuttle Land Elevation Data: yes, the full-resolution 30m data is being made available in it’s entirety. Great news!

Drone Wars

The drone wars - how cool is this?! Get me a pod racer - NOW!

FREE EPRINT: Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness

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Rosetta Closes In

Hopefully you’ll have seen from all the news coverage that the Rosetta Missions is closing in on its target the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is a remarkable mission and I can’t summarise it better than they have on the mission pages :

Rosetta launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

The days at the comet have, in part, been spent looking for a suitable landing site with approximately 30 days left to touchdown, which will be a remarkable achievement (if its successful!!). And its worth checking out this recent image.