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- NovaSAR 1 was launched in September 2018. This minisatellite was developed collaboratively by SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.) and Airbus Defence & Space Ltd, with funding from organisations in the UK, India, Australia and the Philippines. NovaSAR 1 carried new, low cost, S band SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology. In 1978, only six years after the first Landsat satellite was launched, a complementary earth observing technology Synthetic Aperture Radar was orbited. Lasting only 106 days, before electrical problems forced its shutdown, SEASAT SAR nonetheless demonstrated that a spaceborne radar system could add to our knowledge of the Earth. During the 40 years between SEASAT and NovaSAR, SAR systems have been developed and launched by many countries and this article by Paul Wise summarises those activities.
- Launched on 27 September 2021, Landsat 9 became the eighth satellite (Landsat 6 was lost on launch) of the series to provide continuity of world wide, earth observation data. In February 2022, Landsat 9 data became available to users. Since the earliest days of the Landsat program, Australia has had an intense interest in the program's data. This paper by Paul Wise, covers some of Landsat's history and describes the future of the Landsat program.
- Thirty years after SPOT-1 was launched on 22 February 1986 it was announced that SPOT satellites have covered the land area of the Earth more than 700 times, setting a world record for spatial observation. In July 2016, the American Landsat program will have achieved 44 years of earth observation. This brief article 30 Years of SPOT Data overviews both program's instrumentation.
- A History of Satellite-based Remote Sensing in Australia:1970-1989 by Catherine Rayner. This narrative forms part of a thesis successfully submitted for the Degree of Master of Philosophy of The Australian National University. Catherine's permission to reproduce her narrative is appreciated and copyright conditions apply.
Catherine Rayner's transcribed interviews with the 'prime movers' in remote sensing in Australia. These interviews were conducted as part of her Master's thesis and their provision is appreciated.
- In November 1999 ACRES celebrated its 20th anniversary. Don Gray's talk from that night has been transcribed from his notes and is reproduced here.
- Interview with Don Gray here
- Interview with Dean Graetz here
- Interview with Ken McCracken here
- Interview with Colin Simpson here
- Interview with Andy Green here
- Interview with Jon Huntington here
Published documents of interest
- Various Papers and Documents
- Landsat User Needs and Administrative Responses : Density Scales, Data Catalogues, Image Annotation, 1977 paper by Allan Falconer, Donald J. Gray and Andrew A. Green.
- Remote Sensing in Australia - An Overview of Capabilities and Activities, 1987 paper by BC Forster, RD Walker, MC Aubrey, SJ Fraser, AK Milne, and R Jeremy.
- An Evaluation of the Geometric Accuracy, Interpretation and Content of SIR-B Imagery for Topographic Mapping, 1987 Masters Thesis, UNSW, by Paul J. Wise. (Note this is a text only version, diagrams and images may be viewed via this link and high resolution copies of study area maps and imagery can be viewed via this link. This research into SIR-B radar was a cooperative venture between the Division of National Mapping and the Centre for Remote Sensing (CRS), University of New South Wales (UNSW). Facilities were provided by the Centre for Remote Sensing and National Mapping provided an experienced mapping officer to carry out the work and gain experience with the use of remotely sensed data for mapping. The SIR-B synthetic aperture radar (SAR) was launched on board the Shuttle in October 1984. As a principal investigator of the data the Centre for Remote Sensing was undertaking a number of experiments on different aspects of the interpretation and application of SAR data; one of these being the evaluation for topographic mapping. The topographic mapping experiment investigated the geometric accuracy of features derived from SIR-B data and the detectability of features required for cartographic map scales in Australia.
- Upgrade to the Australian Centre for Remote Sensing - A Total Ground Station Solution, 1989 paper by Jim Friedel and Carl McMaster.
- Spaceborne Radar Imagery - Its Acquisition, Processing and Cartographic Applications, 1989 paper by Paul J. Wise.
- Australian Liaison Committee on Remote Sensing by Satellite (ALCORSS) - Activities Report 1979-1990, ALCORSS Secretariat,
- Satellite Image Mapping of the Larsemann Hills, Antarctica, 1989 paper by Graham K. Lindsay and John Manning.
- The Genesis of AUSLIG's Canberra 1:100 000 Scale Satellite Image Map, 1992 paper by Paul J. Wise.
- Remote Sensing in Australia Twenty-One Years after Landsat, 1993 paper by Paul J. Wise.
- Geometric Distortions in Optical Remotely Sensed Satellite Data - Their Removal and Resulting Product Accuracy, May 1998 paper by Paul J. Wise (This paper was only ever distributed internally and led to ACRES adopting Pass Processing to improve image product accuracy; link to Sharpe, Bruce and Wiebe, Kelly (1988), Reduction of Ground Control Requirements by Pass Processing, Proceedings International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, XVIth Congress, Commission IV, Tokyo, July 1988, pp.350-357.).
- Continuity of Earth Observation Data for Australia, 2011 document by Barbara Harrison et al.
- ACRES commenced operations in 1979 acquiring data via the American LANDSAT satellite. In 1990 data from the French SPOT and in 1991 data from the European ERS satellites were added to the daily acquisition schedule. Over thirteen years later the archive comprised some 10 000 HDDTs and was expanding by an average of four HDDTs each day. To cope with the existing archive and its future growth ACRES commenced a program of transcribing the data on HDDT to Optical Tape. The research, integration and use of the CREO Optical Tape Recorders at ACRES was discussed in these two papers :
Denize, Robert (1992), Management of Satellite Remote Sensing Data, and
Wise, Paul Joseph and Denize, Robert (1993), Safeguarding Australia's Archive of Satellite Remotely Sensed Data.
Robert has since compiled a short video of the first use of an Optical Tape Recorder at ACRES; the low resolution version may be viewed via this link and the full resolution version via this link.
- Looking Back to Earth chapter from the National Museum of Australia's publication,"To Mars and Beyond" (reproduced with permission).
- Path/Row map for Australia for Landsat's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 and now also 8 and 9.
- Path/Row map for Australia for SPOT, 1983.
The Editions of ALS and ACRES News
- Contents by Issue listing here