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

Hua, Hook (398C) hook.hua at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Aug 9 00:51:30 EDT 2013

Hi Joe,

You could try contacting Ryan Lanclos <rlanclos at esri.com>, Emergency
Management & Humanitarian Industry Manager at Esri. One of their
specialties is partnering with many remote sensing content providers (e.g.
DigitalGlobe and RapidEye). I mentioned Ryan because of his work in
emergency response where low-latency information and integrative analysis
is of importance. At the least, he might be able direct you to more
specific low-latency content providers.

RapidEye has a 5-satellite constellation so they can do lower-latency
repeat orbit. Their highest resolution imagery is a 5m L3A ortho product
that may suffice spotting a 70ft ship.


On 8/8/13 7:19 PM, "Goodman, Michael (MSFC-ZP11)"
<michael.goodman at nasa.gov> wrote:

>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
>>> part of that window) to see if we can get any clue of what's happened
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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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