Pocket Purge – 3.24.14

Pocket Purge – 3.24.14
  • Earth observation satellites deployed from space station (SpaceFlightNow):

The 28 CubeSats for Planet Labs will return imagery of Earth with a resolution between 3 and 5 meters, or between 10 and 16 feet. Planet Labs constructed the satellites, each about the size of a loaf of bread, at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

The Planet Labs constellation, known as Flock 1, will monitor natural disasters, deforestation, agricultural yields and other environmental changes. The company says the satellites will allow scientists and the public to track changes to Earth’s surface at an unprecedented frequency.

It is the largest fleet Earth observation satellites ever launched.

  • Live from Space: “The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the earth at over 17,000 mph. See the world from the perspective of its astronauts and discover what’s happening on the ground right now.” (NASA)
  • eCourse: Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, April 7 Start
  • How Africa Tweets – 2014 (Portland)
  • Interesting Transportation Visualization (Trafficways)
  • If the U.S. Were Graded Using the UN’s Index For African Development, Here’s What We’d See (PolicyMic)
  • New Airborne GPS Technology for Weather Conditions Takes Flight (UCSD)
  • Calling UAV and RC Pilots Around the World: An In-Depth Interview with iRevolution’s Patrick Meier (DIY Drones)
  • An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story (NPR)
  • FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time
  • The Case for Universalizing Broadband (ITU)
  • What Washington can learn from Colombia’s genius plan to lift millions out of poverty (WP)
  • How an Under-Appreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World (CultofMac)

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