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April 11th, 2014

Skybox Imaging at GEOINT 2013*: April 14-17, 2014 in Tampa

By Andy Hock, Sr. Director, Advanced Technology Programs

The Skybox Imaging team will be out in full force at this year’s U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation GEOINT conference at the Tampa Convention Center next week April 14th-17th, in Tampa, Florida. Come visit us at booth #3050 to see what all the buzz is about!

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April 8th, 2014

Monitoring Oil Reserves from Space

By Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño (Chief Scientist, Mapbox) and Dan Berkenstock (Chief Product Officer, Skybox Imaging)

Skybox Imaging is making it easy to monitor oil reserves and other resources from space. Oil is typically stored in tanks with roofs that float to avoid breathing and evaporative losses in the space between the top of the oil and the tank ceiling. With the roof’s moving, flat surface and basic trigonometry, Skybox’s satellite images can be used to estimate the fill and volume of oil containers.

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March 31st, 2014

Completion of European Conformity Testing on SkyNode Hardware

By Laurren Kanner, SkyNode Product Manager

We are proud to announce we have completed European Conformity (CE) testing on the SkyNode hardware! The testing, performed in conjunction with Compliance Dynamics, took place in test labs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and included electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio frequency interference (RFI), and Electrical Safety testing. This picture was taken during the high power RFI testing when the SkyNode hardware racks were radiated with about 1500 watts of RF power, generating a 3 volt/m electromagnetic field.

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March 28th, 2014

SkySat-1 Launch Campaign: Behind the Scenes

This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how our team launches a high-resolution imaging satellite on a converted ICBM and flies it via Chrome browser from our mission control center. Pardon the mustaches - it was Movember.

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March 26th, 2014

Satellite Metadata Archive in Video

By Ty Kennedy-Bowdoin, Processing Platform Product Manager

You might find yourself asking what is so sexy about our satellite metadata archive? Most commercial satellite providers host a metadata archive to help prospective customers and resellers discover imagery products that meet their search criteria. Customers are often interested to know the solar and collection angles, cloud cover percentage, date, resolution, etc. to help them decide on a scene to order.

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March 25th, 2014

Partnering with McKenzie Intelligence Services to Deliver Imagery and Analytics to the UK and Africa

We are pleased to announce our newest partnership with McKenzie Intelligence Services Ltd (MIS), a specialist intelligence provider based in London.

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March 19th, 2014

Building the World's Most Capable Microsatellites, Part 2

By Jonny Dyer, Chief Engineer

In Part I we explored why the time is ripe for small imaging satellites. While building SkySat-1 and the data infrastructure that surrounds it, we have developed a set of design principles that are steeped in the fast-paced, creative engineering culture of Silicon Valley but also draw extensively from 60 years of US space experience.

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March 13th, 2014

In search of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

We are actively tasking the first satellite of our constellation, SkySat-1, to take high-resolution images and full motion video over several targets spanning between Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh city.

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March 11th, 2014

MBTiles + Skybox Imagery

By Ty Kennedy-Bowdoin, Processing Platform Product Manager

MBTiles are awesome, tape is not! When I started working with geospatial imagery from AVIRIS, we waited excitedly for periodic brown-box deliveries full of magnetic tape from JPL.

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March 11th, 2014

ECAPS to Supply Green Propulsion for 12 More SkySat Satellites

We are pleased to announce our continued partnership wtih ECAPS, an SSC Group Company, for 12 additional high performance green propulsion (HPGP) systems for our planned constellation of 24 high-resolution imaging and video-capable satellites.

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