imagery as a service

COG—Huh! What is it good for?

Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF (COG) are geotiff files, like satellite imagery, that have been processed in a manner that makes it easy to consume for internet processing applications (read cloud). It is the brainchild of some very smart people at very smart organizations (Amazon, Planet, MapBox, ESRI, USGS and the landsat-pds mailing list) and is supported by major processing software such as ESRI, Rasterio, Geoserver, QGIS and GDAL.

The Great Space Race (Part 2 of 2)

This is the 2nd part in a series on the commercial satellite imagery sector. It’s a wild ride, but you can catch part 1 here. Some might argue that no one ever wanted the image; it is more of a by-product, a means to an end. Imagery consumers want to

The Great Space Race (Part 1 of 2)

TerraBella just arrived. Google’s rebranded (previously Skybox) remote sensing constellation is still in very active development with planned launches over the next few years. Their focus is on platform and information delivery rather than delivery of imagery. That’s amazing, but not because of the enormity of the problem, but […]