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|DigitalGlobe Makes MDA’s RADARSAT-2 Data Available on the GBDX Platform to Power Multi-source Analytic Applications at Scale|
MDA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite collects synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data that gives users the ability to see the Earth both day and night, in all weather conditions. With SAR content on GBDX, users will have ready access to powerful content and tools in the cloud that cost-effectively unlock object and change detection use cases.
The first tool that has been integrated into GBDX is based on MDA’s radar-based change detection capability, which provides a reliable means to detect changes caused by human or natural activities. RADARSAT-2’s broad-area imaging capabilities and ability to see through rain and clouds make it a clear choice for monitoring change over large areas at 5 meter resolution levels or better. Change detection can be applied to a time-lapse image stack, allowing users to determine when the change occurred.
For example, RADARSAT-2 data could be combined with
As applied to defense and intelligence needs, new military structures and activities could be identified. In this case, GBDX would compare historical RADARSAT-2 imagery with new imagery and automatically detect new man-made structures, which appear as bright spots. Further assessment of the structures and activities could then be done using high-resolution optical imagery.
“Adding SAR data to the GBDX platform augments our existing 100-petabyte
optical imagery library, opening up new use cases our customers have
long desired, including the ability to image regardless of clouds or
weather on a regular basis,” said Dr.
“Putting our SAR data on the GBDX platform opens up new markets and
revenue streams for us,” said
Learn more about GBDX at https://platform.digitalglobe.com/gbdx/
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established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees
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