SkySats 19-21 Successfully Launch Aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched SkySats 19, 20, and 21 on yet another successful Starlink rideshare mission. Much like SkySats 16-18, which were launched by SpaceX on June 13, 2020, SkySats 19-21 were successfully injected into a drop-off orbit of approximately 207 x 370 km, 53-degree inclination. Over the next several weeks the SkySat satellites will use their onboard propulsion to boost themselves up to their operational altitude of 400 km, and also begin phasing their orbital plane with respect to SkySats 16-18 in order to maximize coverage and revisit. SkySats 19-21 are also the final SkySats to be built and launched, completing the campaign of 21 satellites originally planned by the SkyBox team in 2009. Eleven years later, the innovation of the SkySat design and mission remains world-class and continues to move the high-resolution satellite industry forward. These three new SkySats join the 18 others already in orbit and significantly expand Planet’s capacity to provide world class, high-resolution images to a variety of commercial, governmental, academic, and non-profit organizations.
OGC Welcomes Microsoft to the OGC Community as a Principal Member
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is pleased to welcome Microsoft to the OGC as a Principal Member. As a Principal Member of OGC, Microsoft will participate across OGC activities and serve in OGC’s Planning Committee to explore market and technology trends relevant to OGC’s global mission to make location information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). OGC Principal Members ensure that OGC’s policies and procedures remain effective and agile in a changing technological environment and participate in final approval decisions for all OGC standards as well as nominations to the Board of Directors. As an OGC Principal Member, Microsoft will work alongside other world-leading organizations looking to advance the location information industry, including Airbus Defence & Space, the Indian Department of Science and Technology, Esri, Feng Chia University, Google, Hexagon, Leidos, Maxar, Oracle, Trimble Navigation, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Extending Utility Network Services with the ArcGIS Enterprise SDK 10.8.1
Esri has extended utility network services with the ArcGIS Enterprise SDK 10.8.1. You can now create Server Object Extensions (SOEs) and Server Object Interceptors (SOIs) that target your utility network dataset with the Enterprise SDK 10.8.1. Whether you’re a .NET or Java developer, the choice of building either type of server object greatly depends on your end goal. The Enterprise SDK 10.8.1 allows you to access and work with an existing utility network dataset. It also exposes over 100 utility network specific classes, interfaces, and enumerations for you to build server object extensions and interceptors.
Cloudera Data Platform for Private Cloud is Now Available
Cloudera has announced the general availability of Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud (CDP Private Cloud). CDP Private Cloud extends cloud-native speed, simplicity, and economics for the connected data lifecycle to the data center, enabling IT to respond to business needs faster and deliver solid service levels so people can be more productive with data. With CDP Private Cloud, IT can now meet the exponential demand for data analytics and machine learning services, with a petabyte-scale hybrid data architecture that can flex to use private and public clouds. CDP Private Cloud is available in Base and Plus editions. The Base edition includes SDX, storage management and traditional bare metal data lifecycle analytics. It is equivalent to CDP Data Center, which it replaces. It is the foundation of CDP Private Cloud.
Red Hat Redefines Cloud-Native Management with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, the latest addition to Red Hat’s portfolio of IT management technologies designed for the hybrid cloud. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes is designed to help organizations further extend and scale Red Hat OpenShift with enterprise-grade management capabilities across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, allowing them to manage multiple Kubernetes clusters and enable multi-cluster application deployments across hybrid clouds while ensuring policy and governance.
MITRE has named Charles Peter (Pete) Leroy to the new role of vice president, integration and operations, MITRE Public Sector (MPS). In this role, he develops and oversees the implementation of operational policies and practices to meet current and future mission needs.
Featured Image: SpaceX’s Atlantic fleet moored at Port Canaveral, Florida and imaged by a Planet SkySat on March 7, 2020 | Credits: Planet Labs