TopSat Opportunities for UK HE Staff

Friday, November 16, 2007 at 15:28:18

MIMAS maintain an archive of satellite imagery, primarily of the UK, for most UK HE institutions through the Landmap website. They have just announced an agreement with Infoterra Ltd for the acquisition of TopSat imagery.

TopSat is a Qinetiq satellite (as the prime contractor) that was designed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and was jointly funded by the BNSC and MoD. The four key partners are QinetiQ, SSTL, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and InfoTerra.

Up until 28th February 2008 academics can request specific “tasking” of the satellite, with up to 3 acquisitions per week being performed. This is a great opportunity to acquire both panchromatic (2.9m resolution, 17x17km) and multi-spectral data (RGB, 5.7m resolution, 18x12km) forresearch or teaching purposes.

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