Stereo IKONOS Satellite Image Data Utilized to Support 3D Terrain Visualization for Mt. Ararat Anomaly in Turkey
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) September 1, 2007
In cooperation with GeoEye and INTA Space Turk, Satellite Imaging Corporation has created a 3D representation of the mysterious Mt. Ararat anomaly, located in northeastern Turkey. The creation of the 3D Flythrough movie was made possible with the use of Stereo IKONOS Satellite image data and 5m DEM extracted from the image data.
"This new 3D terrain model will provide researchers with an engaging new perspective, which could help to resolve an intense geopolitical and religious debate as to whether or not the anomaly could prove to be the remains of Noah's Ark."
The anomaly itself, which lies surrounded by rugged strato-volcanic rock at the northwestern corner of Mt. Ararat's western plateau, is over 980 feet long, and sits mostly buried underneath a permanent glacier. It first drew attention due to its relatively smooth surface texture, as well as its unusual physical composition. The site occupied by the anomaly, which is located at 15,300 feet above sea level, remains unexplored.
To view the 3D Fly Through movie Click Here
The application of satellite images and aerial photographs for the identification and analysis of historical and archaeological sites, which made this research possible, was first recognized during the early days of aviation. According to David Buehner, production manager at Satellite Imaging Corporation, 'Satellite and aerial imagery is now available from an array of aircraft and high resolution satellite borne sensors to provide even greater potential for research and investigation of historical discoveries.'
Consequently, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) have become critical tools for researchers and archaeologists, as these systems link information to precisely calibrated physical locations and integrate information drawn from multiple sources in a rapid, accurate, and quantified manner.
Porcher L. Taylor III, an associate professor at the University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies, who has been at the vanguard of using satellites to expose the Ararat Anomaly for researchers provided the following quotes:
'Thanks to the world-class technology and expertise of GeoEye and Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), with this ground-breaking 3D (stereoscopic) Flythrough movie, we are witnessing a quantum leap in making the Ararat Anomaly even more transparent for Ararat researchers and the public. Taylor's research on the Mt. Ararat Anomaly has been featured in a National Geographic Channel documentary.
To the best of my knowledge, to date, only 2D satellite missions had been flown over the Anomaly, not stereo missions. I'm deeply indebted to Leo J. Romeijn, President and CEO of SIC, for making me aware four months ago that INTA Space Turk had August 2004 stereo imagery of the Anomaly site in its archives. Mr. Romeijn graciously accepted my request to create a 3D movie from this imagery, by engaging his stellar SIC team of GIS experts. Likewise, I'm deeply indebted to GeoEye (especially V.P. for Communications and Marketing, Mark E. Brender) for making this stereo project possible. Indeed, GeoEye's satellite continues to faithfully serve as a space-based Indiana Jones over the Anomaly, and will make the Anomaly almost twice as visible when GeoEye-1 is launched early next year, with 0.4-meter-resolution.'
Satellite Imaging Corporation provides high resolution satellite imaging, remote sensing, geospatial and GIS products to various industries around the world. For additional information about this story and the technologies behind it, please visit http://www.satimagingcorp.com/svc/archaeology.html.
Leo J. Romeijn
Satellite Imaging Corporation
(1) 832-237-2900 Ext: 203
For more news on satellite remote sensing and GIS technology, please visit http://news.satimagingcorp.com.
North Korea Nuclear Facilities – Yongbyon 3D Flythrough Movie from Stereo IKONOS Satellite Image Data at 0.8m Resolution
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 2, 2007
Satellite Imaging Corporation in cooperation with GeoEye created a 3D Terrain Model of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities in North Korea. The creation of the 3D Flythrough movie was made possible with the use of Stereo IKONOS Satellite image data and 2m DEM extracted from the image data.
"This new 3D terrain model can provide organizations and agencies with a bird's eye view of the nuclear site to observe and monitor any significant activities that may occur since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) put a freeze on the site."
3D Flythrough Movie of Yongbyon Nuclear Facilities Click Here
Satellite remote sensing and GIS technologies combined with appropriate sets of geospatial information is an invaluable tool for the handling, display, and analysis of information involved in every aspect of Global Security.
History of Yongbyon:
A "freeze" was ordered by inspectors from the IAEA in July of 2007 on North Korea's main source of plutonium, the 5 megawatt-electric reactor -- MW (e) at the Yongbyon nuclear site and its nearby plutonium separation plant, the Radiochemical Laboratory (see associated Images). This freeze was ordered under the "Agreed Framework" with the United States. The nuclear site will be monitored through satellite images, surveillance cameras and short notice inspections to assure that there will be no activities within the site.
Construction of the gas-graphite reactor began in 1980. It is believed to have been made operational in 1986-1987. The 5 megawatt-electric reactor is estimated to produce about 5-7 kilograms of plutonium each year for North Korea a total estimated plutonium stock of between 46kg and 64kg, of which about 28-50 kg is estimated to be in separated form and usable in nuclear weapons. In 1989, high altitude aerial photographs showed the presence in Yongbyon of a structure which could possibly be used to separate plutonium from nuclear fuel. Between 1994 and 2003, North Korea's stock of separated plutonium was enough to create 4 to 13 nuclear weapons.
Before Yongbyon was shut down, international observers tried to determine when the reactor was in use by analyzing satellite images which showed steam plumes coming from the cooling tower.
Although the closure of Yongbyon is seen as a major breakthrough concern remains over Pyongyang's commitment to fully give up its nuclear arsenal.
Unclassified reports were confirmed by satellite images which indicated that North Korea shut down the reactor in April 2005, likely to unload the fuel. The reactor's core was estimated to have contained 10-15 kilograms of plutonium.
IAEA inspectors regularly monitor the 5-MW (e) reactor, the fuel fabrication plant, and the reprocessing plant. IAEA uses all technical means available to monitor the freeze at these facilities. Newly acquired Mono and Stereo Satellite images continue to support the monitoring of the site for any significant construction activities. Due to long inactivity period and weather issues the completion of this reactor would likely take several years. If finished, the 50 megawatt-electric reactor could produce enough plutonium annually for roughly ten nuclear weapons.
Satellite Imaging Corporation acquires high resolution mono and stereo satellite image data utilized for security and other applications including the use of specialized image processing techniques and spectral analysis algorithms, thereby enhancing the visualization of terrain conditions, vegetation and facilities in remote areas. The third dimension (3D), provided by the extraction of a Digital Elevation Model from high resolution Stereo Satellite sensors such as IKONOS, WorldView-1 and GeoEye-1 (scheduled to be launched during to be second quarter of 2008), 3D Visualization provides a greater transparency for nuclear and other facilities around the World.
The enhanced image processing techniques utilized and use of a high resolution digital elevation models (DEM's) we can closely examine various terrain conditions and attributes, their influence on the movement and changes of soil, vegetation and nutrients, as well as the resulting effect on forest, plant, and wildlife productivity.
For additional information on how this remote sensing technology supports Global Security and monitoring our fragile environment, please visit our Links below:
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Leopold J. Romeijn
Satellite Imaging Corporation
(1) 832-237-2900 Ext: 203
For more news on satellite remote sensing and GIS technology, please visit http://news.satimagingcorp.com
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Pax Stereo Tv Shows The Right Mix Of Video And Community – Channels Serving Up A New Kind Of Bling And Growing In Popularity
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 2, 2007
Pax Stereo Tv is becoming the music industry's hottest party ticket by showing artists and labels how to merge video and blogging with social networking. The Promote Yourself page now openly invites artists and fans to join virtual communities, make profiles, and upload videos, photos, and mp3 files.
This new player is definitely serving up a new kind of bling. CEO Mario Hemsley calls it "new tasty thrills in a whole different kind of glass." The idea is to be habit forming, something reflected in the website's relatively long visit times. "Pax Stereo Tv is for people who want something different from the norm, from the people who understand what it is you want. We are continuing to redefine our community, and we know that you are part of that process. That is why we encourage you to join our channels, where you can upload and promote yourself just like at MySpace, YouTube, and others. Only here you can put your video right there next to the stars you admire, and we will even help you." Channels also include a send-to-mobile feature that allows viewers to forward videos from the channels right to mobile phones, a feature yet to be added to competing video sites. Technology here is state-of-the-art.
Connecting channels with MySpace and other social networks comes easily here. "We have the hottest stars and channels filled with historical and musical legends", points out Program Director Victor Allen, who actively manages over seventy MySpace profiles. "Our MySpace AutoConnect Widget links channels with artist MySpace profiles to provide a seamless connection, but nothing would be the same without the interaction from our community."
New additions feature celebrities, DJs, and even channels dedicated to ballers Tiki Barber and Kevin Garnett. "This is a love movement, and all about empowerment. That is why we keep our batteries fully charged. You can sit around and wait for the labels to decide what you need and when to do it, or you can get involved. This is an opportunity and a wakeup call"
Pax Stereo Tv continues to feature independent artists and labels, and is still actively recruiting relative unknowns. Mario points to the How To Use Us page as an example of efforts to show frustrated artists and labels the way. "Don't give up. Don't let go. Just come on down and visit Pax Stereo Tv. We are the Nu New."
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State of the Art Digital Wireless Headphones: LTB Audio Systems Announces New 2.4GHz Digital Stereo Headphones Named Concert
Teterboro, NJ (PRWEB) November 15, 2005
LTB Audio Systems products have been widely received by the market place as the leading technology products for true 5.1 audio. The new series of wireless products break many barriers in headphone technology to vastly improve wireless performance and function. LTB is the first to implement multi-channel (8 to be exact) frequency hopping to ensure that other 2.4GHz products will not conflict with these headphones. In addition LTB has enhanced Dual modulation using FSK technology to create a definitive signal clarity that is unrivaled by other wireless headphone products on the market today.
LTB Audio Systems focuses attention exclusively on Digital Headphone solutions for Home Theater, Gaming and Audiophiles. The announcement of the new Concert wireless headphones will be followed within the coming weeks by the announcement of the world's first True 5.1 Six channel Wireless Digital Headphone system called Cinema 1 due out in December.
Customer's looking to find the LTB 5.1 Headphones can checkout Staples.com, QVC.com, Smarthome.com or Techdepot.com or Skymall.com. Also LTB has a company store at shopltb.com for Headphones and accessories. Also check the where to buy section on LTBaudio.com.
About LTB Audio Systems
LTB, which stands for Listen To Believe, represents a product line focused on providing leading edge audio and multimedia headphones designed to meet the optimal demands of the latest Digital Media in Games, and Movies as well as music and Hi Def Audio. LTB controls various key technology patents that have made them an upcoming leading manufacturer of True surround sound technology products. For more information visit LTB at http://www.ltbaudio.com.
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