Founded in 1951 to foster dialogue between scientists around the world and support international cooperation in all space-related activities, the International Astronautical Federation continues to connect people involved in the space industry worldwide. Nowadays it has over 300 members, including all the key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutions across 66 countries.
At each of the annual International Astronautical Congresses the IAF brings its multidisciplinary and international network to life.
This year IAC 2017, hosted…
By Nataliia Kussul
We live in rapidly changing world. One of the most important drivers of increasing our quality of life is space technology and big data, produced with space systems. It opens the door for new opportunities and gives us absolutely new vision of our life. And use of artificial intelligence for big data processing allows us not only to see but to understand what happens and even predict. I am happy to be involved into this tornado.
With availability since 2014 of large amount of “free and open” high-resolution Sentinel (1 and 2) data as well as Landsat-8…
By Igor Garkusha
California has been in a drought for over 5 years. This year’s rainy season unexpectedly brought California the strong showers and thunderstorms it desperately needed. As a result of this sudden wetness on the dried-out state, many parts of California were flooded and over saturated.
Monitoring flooded areas and tracking the water levels in reservoirs are very important, due to their potential impacts. Tracking this can be easier using remote sensing, i.e. space images made by both optical and radar scanners. Unfortunately, in bad weather conditions, the monitoring process can be impeded by dense clouds as they…
We are proud to announce the launch of our new customized product, Water Cloud!
It is an automated cloud-based Software-as-a-Service solution which provides land cover classification. It scientifically calculates the target water consumption by individual properties and contrasts it with actual water consumption to reach water conservation goals.
Water Cloud is an equitable, scientific suggestion tool to make and justify decisions using tiered water rates. It can quickly identify wasteful water users so every customer can get a reasonable explanation as to why they were assigned to a specific tier.
Wasteful water use is a key problem in…
By Igor Garkusha
On New Year’s Eve, 2016–2017, the latest break-off of an ice giant from the Larsen glacier occurred. Using satellite imagery data, we estimate the area of the glacier to be approximately 1,855 sq. km.
Since the mid-90s, the temperature rise in that area has caused gradual melting of the glacier, which in its turn has led to the formation of large drifting icebergs that threaten shipping and increase the level of the world’s oceans as they melt. Thus, the Antarctic ice shelf has been observed from space for a long time. …
by Dariia Gordiiuk
Since the beginning of the human species, we have been at the whim of Mother Nature. Her awesome power can destroy vast areas and cause chaos for the inhabitants. The use of satellite data to monitor the Earths surface is becoming more and more essential. Of particular importance are the disasters and hurricane monitoring systems that can help people to identify damage in remote areas, measure the consequences of the events, and estimate the overall damage to a given area. From a computing perspective, such an important task needs to be implemented to assist in various situations.