US: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has announced a partnership with the National Geographic Society to utilise data produced on board the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory capable of developing images to inspire and educate from humankind’s greatest learning platform. This follows a prior announcement between CASIS and the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT) last month focused on the advancement of a next-generation hyperspectral imager on the ISS.
Based on discussions with potential customers including National Geographic, CASIS, manager of the ISS National Lab, has elected to expand the use of the ‘Good Earth’ imaging suite to include multiple next-generation sensors, such as hyperspectral, light detection and radar, synthetic aperture radar and high-resolution panchromatic. Ultimately, these enhanced capabilities will utilise data-fusion techniques to improve the value of any image obtained on the ISS. The primary intent of these imagers will be to utilise the unique vantage point of the ISS for prototype technology development and advanced technology imagery for images relative to humanitarian relief, disaster recovery and prevention, and in-country planning and development as well as other commercial applications.
“Our collaboration with CASIS represents the latest example of National Geographic’s pursuit of innovative visual storytelling techniques. Access to not only new images but an entirely new way of seeing our world is consistent with our strategic focus on exploration, education and storytelling,” said Adam R Sutherland, National Geographic’s Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Business Development.