[ESIP-all] Looking for recent earth observations of the Tasman Sea

Goodman, Michael (MSFC-ZP11) michael.goodman at nasa.gov
Thu Aug 8 22:19:58 EDT 2013


DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com) has the GeoEye-1 satellite. The
satellite provides 41 cm panchromatic and 1.65 meter multispectral imagery
in 15.2 km swaths. The spacecraft in a sun-synchronous orbit at an
altitude of 680 km (422 mi) with a 10:30a equator crossing time. I don't
know anyone at DigitalGlobe but you can google/bing them to find a

NASA does not have any high resolution satellite imagery that could spot a

--- Michael

Michael Goodman
256 961 7890 office
256 763 2071 NASA cell

On 8/8/13 8:59 PM, "Joe Hourcle" <oneiros at grace.nascom.nasa.gov> wrote:

>I'm not much of one for observations pointed down from spacecraft.
>Does anyone know of any near-real-time observations of sufficient spatial
>resolution to help?
>(that they're actually allowed to talk about, of course)
>Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Barbara Thompson <barbara.j.thompson at gmail.com>
>> Date: August 8, 2013 6:26:43 PM EDT
>> To: Joe Hourclé <oneiros at annoying.org>
>> Subject: Virtual data pointing in the other direction?
>> Joe,
>> My friend Ralph is leading a search and rescue effort for a ship that's
>> been missing on the Tasman Sea.  They were last heard from June 4.
>> trying to get images from May 28 to the present (emphasis on the earlier
>> part of that window) to see if we can get any clue of what's happened to
>> them.  There are 7 people on board - one of the people on the Schooner
>> Niña is Evi Nemeth, author of many famous Unix/Linux sysadmin manuals.
>>: (
>> Google granted us a free license to Google Earth Pro, but it still
>> have images that are recent enough.  I wrote Google to see if they could
>> give us more recent images, but I haven't heard back.  I'm kind of lost
>> when it comes to Earth-pointed data, but then I realized I have a friend
>> who is involved in Informatics for the American Geophysical Union.  : )
>> Any idea how to get high-res data?  The ship is 70 feet long, so the
>> resolution stuff in google earth would be fine.  Until we get images,
>> they're focusing on ocean current models + drift models for other
>> ships to help the aerial searchers more clearly refine the expected
>> location for the ship.
>> The ship was fairly well equipped for a 3-week cruise, so it's possible
>> them to survive with their supplies + fishing for several months.
>> Any advice is appreciated.  We're posting info on the efforts at:
>> http://evxx.com/
>> Anyhow, if you have any idea how to get high-resolution data over the
>> Tasman Sea, I'd be very happy to hear it.
>> Thanks!
>> Barbara
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