USA, 31 October 2006 – EarthData International (EarthData) today announced the award of a $4.3 million contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to map portions of one of South America’s largest countries using the GeoSAR radar mapping system. GeoSAR, owned and operated exclusively by EarthData, will produce high-resolution image and terrain maps to support a variety of land and information management activities.
Mounted on a jet aircraft and using two radar bands (X- and P-bands) simultaneously, the GeoSAR system will fly over the area and collect extremely accurate images and three-dimensional models of the forest canopy surface as well as the terrain beneath the canopy.
“GeoSAR is the only existing system that can map through trees and clouds, which makes it exceptionally valuable for mapping regions such as this where dense vegetation and perennial cloud cover make conventional mapping techniques impossible or cost-prohibitive,” explained EarthData CEO Anne Hale Miglarese.
In addition to this project in South America, EarthData’s GeoSAR system is currently deployed in Papua New Guinea and other parts of the Asia Pacific region.
– About GeoSAR
Operating day or night and penetrating clouds and foliage, GeoSAR radar mapping system rapidly produces high-resolution DEMs and radar imagery over regions previously considered inaccessible due to weather, size, and terrain. As the world’s only dual-band, single-pass interferometric synthetic aperture radar (IFSAR) mapping system, GeoSAR delivers detailed data.
– About EarthData
The EarthData organization comprises more than 300 professionals working in the United States and abroad, making it one of the largest geospatial services organizations in the world. Mapping-based acquisition and processing capabilities include both film-based and digital aerial photography, as well as thermal, multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar, and radar (IFSAR) data. EarthData’s GIS experts provide a full-range of services, including project consulting, geodatabase design, application development, web-based solutions, and spatial analyses. The EarthData organization includes three member companies: EarthData International, Horizons, EarthData Pacifica. For more info visit: http://www.earthdata.com/aboutcat.php?cat=1