SkyWatch Blog Stories and Updates

SkyWatch Announces TerraStream Edge

The Farmdar and SkyWatch partnership supports cost-effective access to Earth Observation data that enables farmers to reliably predict crop yields and mitigate food insecurity worldwide.

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Earth Observation Data: Understanding Resolutions

The Two Resolutions To Focus On Satellite imagery can be very intimidating because there's a wide range of resolutions. And as a new person in the industry, you might be completely overwhelmed. At a high level there are two resolutions we think of in the satellite imagery ecosystem. We think of Spatial Resolution which is […]

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Farmdar Partners With SkyWatch to Support Food Security Efforts in Pakistan

The Farmdar and SkyWatch partnership supports cost-effective access to Earth Observation data that enables farmers to reliably predict crop yields and mitigate food insecurity worldwide.

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TerraStream Includes All The Partners You Need

The Problems Facing Earth Observation Businesses We've had a chance to speak to a lot of companies in the Earth Observation business. There is number of challenges that they have when they're launching satellites. At SkyWatch we've built a product that solves the problems of: But there are also other problems that satellite operators have. […]

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How Investors Use Satellite Imagery.

Commercial Real Estate Investments Commercial real estate developers are looking at long time horizons. They're developing buildings that are going to be only in place in a few years, if not decades and hypothetically operational for decades to come. You're looking at a property to ultimately build something on, and you want to make sure […]

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What Data Do You Need

Your First Question When Accessing Satellite Imagery “What data do you need?” is probably the first question you'll have when logging onto the EarthCache platform. The first thing to look at is resolution. We offer a varying spectrum of resolutions on the EarthCache platform all the way from low to high resolution. Low resolution is […]

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Earth Observation: Saving Lives In Oil And Gas

Managing Critical Infrastructure In Oil and Gas Oil and Gas is an industry where old practices are used for a long period of time and new technologies can be difficult to be introduced. However, satellite imagery is one of those technologies being introduced into the Oil and Gas industry and changing how operations are being […]

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Why GIS Specialists Are Shifting From Mapping to Monitoring

The shift from mapping to monitoring comes down to the frequency of tasking satellite imagery. Gathering Earth Observation data is a tactic used across industries to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. From predicting crop yields in agriculture to monitoring oil pipelines, the use cases for satellite imagery are limitless.  Mapping is certainly […]

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SkyWatch Launches New EarthCache-X Offering; Announces Partnerships With Leaders in Earth Observation

EarthCache-X (EC-X) provides a new means for remote sensing partners to go to market. KITCHENER, Ontario, October 11, 2022 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Canadian space tech company democratizing remote sensing data, announced today the launch of EarthCache-X (EC-X) and its partnerships with Capella Space, ICEYE, Satellogic (NYSE: SATL), and Vexcel Imaging, to […]

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How to Choose the Right Satellite Imagery Provider

Choosing the right satellite imagery provider for your project can feel overwhelming, but it comes down to your goals and accessing the right features. When seeking a satellite imagery provider, ask yourself critical questions about what type of data you’re looking for. Do you need high-resolution images? Are you looking to collect data in an […]

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SkyWatch Announces TerraStream Partnerships With Esper Satellite Imagery & Nara Space

SkyWatch's TerraStream platform will provide data management, ordering, processing, and delivery services for its new partners. PARIS, France, September 15, 2022 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Canadian space technology startup, announced today at World Satellite Business Week two new partnerships in the TerraStream ecosystem: Esper Satellite Imagery and Nara Space. The announcement of the two new […]

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SkyWatch Announces Xplore Data Distribution Partnership

TerraStream Enables Xplore to Get Data to Market Faster KITCHENER, Ontario and REDMOND, Washington, September 12, 2022 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Kitchener-based space technology startup, and Xplore Inc., a commercial space company providing Space as a Service®, today announced they have signed a partnership agreement. The partnership will accelerate Xplore's commercial data […]

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Case Study with BAP Intel: From Hobbyist to Professional Analyst

SkyWatch supports not only a wide range of businesses but, in some cases, we even support hobbyists. Benjamin Pittet, founder of BAP Intel in Switzerland launched his career in private intelligence with a blog, Twitter, and satellite data. Through our platform EarthCache, and our amazing satellite imagery providers, we completed our mission. Together, we made […]

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Using multiple sensors: What is a Tip and Cue Sensor?

One of the best ways to utilize a multitude of sensors is through a process called Tip and Cue. But what is a Tip and Cue Sensor? Keep reading to learn more.

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Types of Earth Observation Data

For over 60 years humans have been putting cameras and sensors into space to look back at our planet. Satellites capture data across the electromagnetic spectrum — from visible wavelengths all the way to radio wavelengths. This is called Earth Observation (EO) data. There are many types of Earth Observation data that have many valuable applications across agriculture, environmental, oil, insurance, and financial services industries.

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The Story Of SkyWatch - High Resolution Satellite Imagery

Now we deliver High Resolution Satellite Imagery. We Wanted To Open Up Access To Black Holes SkyWatch was actually the original name of a piece of software that our founding team built for astrophysicists.

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SkyWatch Enables Earth Observation Customers to See More and Do More With the Addition of Very High Resolution Data to the EarthCache Platform

The addition of VHR optical data to the EarthCache platform enriches the SkyWatch aggregation model, which provides Earth observation data customers access to the largest network of industry-leading data sets within a single solution with a flexible, pay-per-use pricing model. KITCHENER, Ontario, July 26, 2022 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Kitchener-based space […]

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The Ultimate Satellite Imagery Guide

What data do you need? Deciding that satellite imagery is the right solution for your organization is a great first step to getting insightful data at your fingertips. But if you’re new to these solutions, there are some basics you need to know. We at SkyWatch understand the difficulty of navigating the world of Earth […]

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The 5 coolest uses for satellite imagery

Satellite imagery was made available to the public when NASA launched their first Landsat mission in 1972. Forty-four years and 100+ satellites later, humans have found countless ways to use this technology for commercial, humanitarian, academic, and personal reasons. So we decided to put together a list of the 5 coolest ways that the power […]

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4 Ways satellite imagery is changing how we invest

With over 400 imaging satellites orbiting our globe, a bird’s eye view of Earth has never been cheaper. Analysts have taken advantage of this access and, with advanced machine learning, derived many ways to use satellite imagery for more than just the gorgeous view. While benefits from the geo-intelligence movement have been reaching a wide […]

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5 Ways satellite data can be used to improve global health - Satellite Data For Health

The phrases “satellite data” and “improving worldwide healthcare” and "satellite data for health: aren’t typically used in the same sentence. In fact, a vast majority of satellite data conversations are focused on a few narrow applications in the natural resource industries (i.e. mining, oil & gas, forestry, agriculture, energy, etc.). But satellite data, and more […]

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Mapping racial diversity with satellite data

Tomasz Stepinski describes himself as a “physicist, astrophysicist, planetary scientists, and mathematician”. After spending years in Houston creating computer models to automatically map craters and valleys on Mars for NASA, he was offered the unusual position of Chair of Space Exploration in the Geography Department at the University of Cincinnati. Not finding many space-enthusiasts among […]

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Monitoring animal populations from space

Using high-resolution satellite imagery, Peter Fretwell and his team were able to achieve an unprecedented feat and, in 2009, created the world’s first census of species taken from space. Then went on to repeat it. “We started with penguins then have gone on to look at whales, then seals – we haven’t published much on seals yet. […]

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Monitoring forest fires with satellites

Between November 2015 and April 2016, over 36,000 hectare of forest was burnt in the Republic of Congo. The main commercial activity in the area is the extraction of round wood from areas leased from the national authorities by private companies. These cover an extensive part of forest in the north of the country including […]

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What resolution do I need when using satellite Earth observation data?

Trick question: it depends on what you are trying to do. What does resolution mean? When it comes to Earth observation, you might hear about spatial resolution, spectral resolution, and temporal resolution. While all three need to be considered when looking for the satellite data, most often, when people ask about resolution, they mean “spatial […]

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Modelling pollutant exposure from space

Particulate matter – also referred to as aerosols or air pollution – are microscopic particles present in Earth's atmosphere. Some occur naturally, during wildfires and volcanic eruptions, and some are the result of human activities, such as car exhausts and powerplants, formed from the chemical reactions of gases such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen […]

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Estimating soil moisture from satellite data

Soil moisture estimates can help farmers assess plant health, aid in predicting crop yields, let governments can help alleviate and protect against floodings, measure urban water use for city planners, and more. Ground sensors are the most accurate tools to track water, but are expensive and difficult to rapidly relocate. Using satellite sources however provides […]

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Improving flood forecasting with Earth observation data

Luca Brocca is a Researcher at the Research Institute of Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) of the National Research Council (CNR), a branch of the Italian government dedicated to monitoring and preventing floods, landslides, droughts, and other water-related natural hazards. When not working on real-time predictions for the department of Civil Protection and the local authorities, the […]

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How an innovative company uses satellite data to help design and implement sustainability strategies of their clients

52impact brings spatial (satellite, aerial, and drone) information to markets who haven’t been using these types of datasets. The company is working with decision makers in industries who haven’t previously worked with geospatial data. The group leans heavily on close customer relations and data visualization to help bridge the gap between the images and the […]

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Using spatial and aerial imagery to estimate crop surfaces in developing countries

Agricultural statistics are essential for monitoring production changes, planning government interventions and future investments, and estimating crop outputs for policymakers, researchers, and organizations. Poor agricultural data can lead to disastrous misallocations of resources and unsuccessful policies, as well as having a dire impact on populations and farmers alike. Jacques Delincé, a veteran agricultural statistician and […]

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SkyWatch Joins Esri Partner Network; Closed Beta ArcGIS Integration

SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2022 - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Kitchener-based space technology company, announces today its Esri Partner Network relationship to deliver satellite imagery for mapping projects and spatial analytics via Esri's ArcGIS software. The integration of SkyWatch's Earth observation (EO) platform, EarthCache, with ArcGIS provides a single aggregate source of EO […]

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SkyWatch Launches TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider Program to Offer End-to-End Ecosystem Support for Satellite Operators

PARIS, France, December 15, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, announced today, at World Satellite Business Week, the launch of the TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider program. SkyWatch's integrated data management platform, TerraStream, provides satellite operators with the ability […]

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SkyWatch Appoints New Chief Product Officer

KITCHENER, Ontario, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SkyWatch, a Kitchener-based SpaceTech company, today announced the appointment of David Proulx as Chief Product Officer. Proulx joins SkyWatch at an exciting time for the company, following a period of significant growth, including a $17.2M USD Series B round of financing, completed in June 2021. Proulx brings more […]

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Pinkmatter Joins SkyWatch's TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider Program

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, announced today at the SmallSat Symposium the addition of Pinkmatter to its roster of TerraStream Certified Solutions Providers. Launched in December 2021, the Certified Solutions Provider program provides […]

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SkyWatch Signs Authorized Distributor Agreement With Airbus Defence and Space-duplicate-1

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 17, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announces today that it is now an authorized distributor of Airbus Defence and Space ("Airbus") to deliver medium- and high-resolution Earth observation data through the SkyWatch EarthCache platform and API.  The addition of Airbus to the roster of satellite data […]

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AgIntegrated partners with SkyWatch to bring Earth observation satellite data to the agriculture industry

With the ever-growing need for remotely sensed imagery data in the agriculture sector, AgIntegrated Inc. (AGI) has collaborated with SkyWatch Space Applications Inc, a Canadian company, to share satellite imagery for precision agriculture. Under the collaboration, AgIntegrated would offer customers access to the software platform SkyWatch EarthCache that offers access to multiple sources of satellite […]

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SkyWatch and AgIntegrated to Partner To Bring Earth Observation Satellite Data to the Agriculture Industry

With the ever-increasing need for remotely sensed imagery data in agriculture, SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (SkyWatch) has formed a unique joint program with AgIntegrated Inc. (AGI). SkyWatch is on a mission to make Earth observation data more accessible to companies and developers. This alliance means that AgIntegrated will become the premier collaborator of SkyWatch when it comes […]

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SkyWatch expands agricultural customer base with AgIntegrated collaboration

SkyWatch bills itself as an agnostic data provider looking to provide data to whatever vertical needs Earth Observation (EO) data. Today the company announced a new collaboration with AgIntegrated that will expand their customer base in the agricultural sector. SpaceQ spoke with Graham Stickler, the Chief Marketing Officer of SkyWatch about the new collaboration. Stickler said the collaboration “gives us a route […]

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SkyWatch and AgIntegrated to Work Together to Bring Earth Observation Satellite Data to the Agriculture Industry

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 23, 2020 (Newswire.com) -​​​​​With the ever-increasing need for remotely sensed imagery data in agriculture, SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (SkyWatch) has formed a unique joint program with AgIntegrated Inc. (AGI). SkyWatch is on a mission to make Earth observation data more accessible to companies and developers. This alliance means that AgIntegrated will become the premier […]

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SkyWatch and AgIntegrated offer satellite imagery for precision agriculture

SAN FRANCISCO – SkyWatch Space Applications is working with AgIntegrated Inc., a software consulting and technologies integration company based in State College, Pennsylvania, to share satellite imagery for precision agriculture. Under an agreement announced June 23, AgIntegrated will offer customers access to SkyWatch EarthCache, a software platform offering access to multiple sources of satellite data, through its […]

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Picterra and SkyWatch partner for AI and Machine Learning Earth Observation Change Detection

SkyWatch, who develop Earth Observation (EO) software that connects satellite data operators and application developers, is always looking for ways to fulfill its mission of making EO data more accessible and cheaper. Today they announced a new partnership with Picterra who offer a machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) software-as-a-service geospatial platform. In an […]

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SkyWatch & Picterra team-up to offer better geospatial insights to all

SkyWatch Space Applications, a Canadian software startup offering services to satellite operators, has reportedly announced a new partnership with a Swiss startup Picterra to offer better geospatial insights to all. The EarthCache™ platform of SkyWatch helps software developers by offering them tools they require to add EO data inside their workflows and applications in a […]

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SatRevolution Selects SkyWatch TerraStream to Deliver Data Management Capabilities to Upcoming STORK Mission

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 9, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced today it has signed an agreement to deliver data management capabilities to SatRevolution, a commercial satellite company headquartered in Wroclaw, Poland.  Based on the state-of-the-art UniBus 3U CubeSat platform developed by SatRevolution, STORK-4 and STORK-5 are the first optical […]

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Canadian Space Technology Startup SkyWatch Raises $17.2M USD to Democratize Satellite Data

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 15, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced today the completion of a $17.2M USD Series B round of financing to further democratize access to Earth observation data. Drive Capital led the investment round with participation from existing investors Bullpen Capital, Space Capital, Golden Ventures, and […]

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SkyWatch Signs Authorized Distributor Agreement With Airbus Defence and Space

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 17, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announces today that it is now an authorized distributor of Airbus Defence and Space ("Airbus") to deliver medium- and high-resolution Earth observation data through the SkyWatch EarthCache platform and API.  The addition of Airbus to the roster of satellite data […]

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SpaceJLTZ Selects TerraStream to Manage Hyperspectral Data for Precision Agriculture Application

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 24, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced today it has signed an agreement to deliver data management capabilities to SpaceJLTZ, a commercial satellite company headquartered in Puebla, Mexico.  Founded in 2020, SpaceJLTZ is on a mission to democratize access to space technology to solve problems in […]

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Canadian Space Tech Companies Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Earth Observation Data

WATERLOO, ON, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced today it has signed an agreement to deliver data management capabilities to Wyvern, a commercial space data company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2018, Wyvern was created to make high-quality hyperspectral data accessible and affordable. Wyvern's data will unlock new […]

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Canadian Space Tech Companies Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Earth Observation Data

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 17, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announces today that it is now an authorized distributor of Airbus Defence and Space ("Airbus") to deliver medium- and high-resolution Earth observation data through the SkyWatch EarthCache platform and API.  The addition of Airbus to the roster of satellite data […]

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SkyWatch Signs Agreement with Brazil-Based Inspectral

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, July 6, 2021 – Inspectral, a provider of data analysis and geospatial solutions based in Brazil, has been selected by SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (“SkyWatch), to deliver Earth observation data in Brazil. Inspectral develops data analysis and geospatial intelligence solutions for agri-business, environmental, and aquatic systems monitoring, using multispectral and hyperspectral images acquired […]

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SkyWatch Achieves Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner Status in the AWS Partner Network

WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 09, 2021 -- SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, today announced it is now an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).    The designation of AWS ISV Partner is an […]

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SkyWatch named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ program

Kitchener, Ontario, November 17, 2021 — SkyWatch, a Kitchener-based space tech company, has been named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Awards. The award spotlights emerging companies that exhibit strong growth and show potential to be a future candidate of the Technology Fast 50 award.  “Earth observation data will improve […]

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SkyWatch Launches TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider Program to Offer End-to-End Ecosystem Support for Satellite Operators

PARIS, France, December 15, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, announced today, at World Satellite Business Week, the launch of the TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider program.  SkyWatch's integrated data management platform, TerraStream, provides satellite operators with the ability to monetize, […]

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SkyWatch Appoints New Chief Product Officer

KITCHENER, Ontario, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SkyWatch, a Kitchener-based SpaceTech company, today announced the appointment of David Proulx as Chief Product Officer. Proulx joins SkyWatch at an exciting time for the company, following a period of significant growth, including a $17.2M USD Series B round of financing, completed in June 2021. Proulx brings more […]

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Pinkmatter Joins SkyWatch's TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider Program

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, announced today at the SmallSat Symposium the addition of Pinkmatter to its roster of TerraStream Certified Solutions Providers. Launched in December 2021, the Certified Solutions Provider program provides […]

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How SkyWatch Handled The First Few Months Of The Pandemic

SkyWatch is an awesome employer in the Waterloo Region who cares about our people's health and safety, our product, and making sure we are a great place to work at.  Read our Business Continuity Plan. We wanted To Ensure Our Employees And Partners Were Safe No more in-person stuff: Everybody works from home.  No more events in […]

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SkyWatch: A Platform for All of Earth Observation

Earth Observation (“EO”) is the gathering of information about the physical, chemical, and biological systems of the planet Earth through sensors. In the space industry, we’re investing billions of dollars into launching EO sensors into orbit  to better understand our dynamic planet through the ever-insightful electromagnetic spectrum. Our mission at SkyWatch is to enable anybody […]

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B.C. Students Representing Canada at Global CanSat Competition

A group of Canadian high school students recently won the first ever Canadian CanSat satellite competition, and are poised to represent Canada at the European Space Agency’s CanSat competition this month. The team, advised by physics teacher Joe Muise, is from St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, British Columbia. The CanSat competition teaches space technology […]

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Locating uranium deposits with satellite data

Current methods for locating new sources of uranium are time-consuming and expensive, often requiring governments and mining companies to fly planes over large swaths of lands in remote areas. With the wide variety of Earth observation data now easily accessible, allowing us to detect more and more from space at a low cost, and the […]

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How Government Agencies Use SkyWatch

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the United States and Canada is a unique area where shallow depressions, created by the scouring action of Pleistocene glaciation, interact with mid-continental climate variations to create and maintain a variety of wetland classes. These wetlands possess unique environmental and biotic characteristics that add to the overall regional diversity, […]

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Counting Seals in Cape Cod With Satellites

Grey seals were nearly driven to extinction in North America by hunting in the early 1970’s. Populations have since then rebounded. In the past few decades, the number of animals has grown dramatically and, until a few months ago, there was no accurate count of current populations. David Johnston, Associate Professor of the Practice of […]

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Studying Volcanoes and Earthquakes with SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Satellites

Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) has been widely used for Earth remote sensing for more than 30 years. It provides high-resolution, day-and-night and weather-independent images for a multitude of applications ranging from geoscience and climate change research, environmental and Earth system monitoring, 2-D and 3-D mapping, change detection, 4-D mapping (space and time), security-related applications up to […]

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Assessing the impact of wildfires with Normalized Burn Ratios

With the recent heat waves and droughts, an unusually high number of virulent wildfires started in various places of the globe, including Central Africa, Western Canada, the South-West of the United States, and Italy. In this article, we will go over an often-used way to assess the damages caused by the recent series of wildfires […]

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Helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

The death toll continues to rise in the Bahamas following the most powerful storm to hit the islands in recorded history. While the Bahamas experience hurricanes frequently, Dorian unprecedented strength caused catastrophic damages that will likely take years to repair.  The category 5 hurricane flooded airports, rendered roads inaccessible, damaged homes, hospitals, and businesses, and […]

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The potential for Earth observation to reduce risk in the Oil and Gas industry

The volume and variety of data gathered from Earth Observation (EO) satellites in orbit today has been increasing at a rapid pace; in 2019, the challenge for users is to attempt to make sense of it. Perhaps though it is not as daunting as it first seems. A new user of EO data doesn’t necessarily […]

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Top 9 Free Sources of Satellite Data [2022 Update]

There are many sources of satellite data you can use depending on your needs. Some platforms will let you view the data in your browser, some offer download options so you can process it and extract meaningful insights. Some focus on open (free) satellite imagery, some focus on the highest resolution satellite imagery available for […]

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What does real-time satellite data really look like?

As with most high quality feeds, limitations on data refresh come from transfer speeds and processing speeds. In best case scenarios, it could take only a few minutes between data capture and data delivery. However, in most cases, for high resolution imagery, it takes a few days. There are only a limited number of Earth […]

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How an Intelligence company uses SkyWatch EarthCache

ShadowBreak is an Intelligence consultancy company that focuses on layering data from a variety of sources to provide multi-Intelligence analysis for their military, governmental, and corporate clients.  Both their solutions, ReconLink and TacSight, deliver critical insight for decision makers on vital security issues such as regional conflicts, foreign military combat capabilities, general military intelligence assessments […]

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How a Precision Agriculture Application uses SkyWatch EarthCache

CropSafe is a mobile application that helps farmers monitor the growth of their crops. CropSafe gives farmers information on what is happening in their fields to help them improve their yields, thanks to a combination of up-to-date satellite imagery, sensor data, and machine learning. The application collects data from a variety of sources, including satellite […]

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How To Use Satellite Data Design Implement Sustainability Strategies

52impact brings spatial (satellite, aerial, and drone) information to markets who haven’t been using these types of datasets. The company is working with decision makers in industries who haven’t previously worked with geospatial data. The group leans heavily on close customer relations and data visualization to help bridge the gap between the images and the […]

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AI in Space

At SkyWatch, we believe in simplicity. We’ve taken a very challenging data engineering problem - obtaining, processing, and standardizing satellite data - and built a platform that abstracts the massive amount of complexity required to deliver data from space.  Artificial intelligence is something we get asked about a lot. People ask us if we are […]

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Understanding data transfers

Satellite collects extremely large amounts of data, with some of the most recent high-resolution optical and radar satellites capturing gigabits of information per second. However, “downlinks”, the acts of sending the data back to Earth, are limited by the current technology. Downlinks can only happen whenever the satellites are within reach of the ground stations […]

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Understanding how Satellite Images are created

While our eyes only detect a fraction of all light available, satellite sensors can actually capture – and send back — much more information. This information is relayed back to us in a format quite different from the photographs we are used to.  Satellites capture data by assigning a digital value to a pixel based […]

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Understanding Orbits

Sun-synchronous low Earth orbits As with consumer cameras, the closer you are to the object you are trying to capture, the more details you can see. Which is how satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) can capture really high-resolution imagery. To stay at low altitudes without falling back towards the ground and maximize the amount […]

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Understanding the difference between multispectral, hyperspectral, and SAR

Multispectral and hyperspectral satellites There is an inverse correlation between a sensor’s spectral resolution, or how well it can discriminate between spectral bands, and sensor’s spatial resolution, or how fine the pixels on the ground will be. Which is why satellites which records data along a large number of spectral bands (hyperspectral) do not offer […]

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How an infrastructure company uses satellite data

LiveEO uses satellite imagery to provide innovative infrastructure monitoring in the verticals railway, electricity, and pipelines and empowers the operators to save in operational expenses by observing dangers from vegetation, height changes and third party interactions along the network. How LiveEO uses satellite data Sven Przywarra, LiveEO’s co-founder explained that the company focuses on generating […]

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How an Artificial Intelligence company uses satellite data

Picterra is a self-serve platform enabling businesses to autonomously extract intelligence & analytics from satellite, aerial, and drone imagery. It comes with a ready-to-use IT infrastructure: in a few clicks, it’s possible to process terabytes of imagery with Picterra’s auto-scaling, GPU-enabled infrastructure. With Picterra, a machine learning model can be built in less than 30 […]

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Why I Joined SkyWatch

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined the SkyWatch leadership team. As I evaluated the opportunity at SkyWatch, several themes emerged indicating this was a rare opportunity with a company ready to scale. SkyWatch has a compelling mission, participates in an enormous growth market, has a winning business model, and a strong management team. The […]

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SkyWatch Signs Agreement with Guyana-Based Latitude Geospatial

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, June 18, 2021 – Latitude Geospatial Consulting Inc. (“LatGeo”), a Guyana-based geospatial data partner and location technology consultancy, has been selected by SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (“SkyWatch), to deliver Earth observation data in Guyana. LatGeo provides creative solutions in the areas of location-based technologies and location-based intelligence, using GIS services and spatial data. […]

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5 Benefits of Using Satellite Imagery Over Drones

According to Euroconsult, the global market for commercial Earth observation data and services is expected to reach $8 billion by 2029, growing from $4.6 billion in 2019. With satellites and drones being the most common ways to collect this type of data, understanding when to use one or another is key for making an informed […]

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Satellite Image Outputs and Their Applications

Colors are just how our eyes interpret light. Light is made of electromagnetic waves. When light shines on an object, some wavelengths are absorbed and others are reflected. The colors we’re able to see are just a small range of reflected wavelengths that can be perceived by our vision. They consist of a tiny visible […]

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Why Buying Satellite Imagery Used to Be So Hard

Earth observation is the process of collecting and acquiring physical, chemical, and biological information about Earth via remote sensing devices such as satellites. In this blog, we explain how satellites are equipped with sophisticated sensors that can detect radiation that appears invisible to the human eye. Then, GIS professionals can use different techniques to extract […]

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SkyWatch Signs Agreement With Y Combinator-Backed Matidor

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, October 20, 2021 – Matidor, a Vancouver-based collaborative geospatial data software providery, has been selected by SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (“SkyWatch), to deliver Earth observation data via its software solution. Built on an intuitive map-based interface, Matidor delivers real-time project tracking, collaboration, and reporting among users. Matidor’s solution can provide both a broad […]

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Flexibility and efficient sourcing of small areas of interest is key to Orbital Eye providing an alternative to helicopter monitoring

Orbital Eye monitors critical infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipelines, for third-party interferences, such as construction work and excavations. Traditionally, oil and gas companies used helicopters to monitor their pipelines.  Orbital Eye was founded with the vision that traditional aerial inspection methods based on helicopters could be replaced by satellite observation. Orbital Eye’s platform, […]

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Top Four Coolest Ways Satellite Imagery is Being Used

In honour of Earth Day 2022, we're highlighting the top four coolest ways satellite imagery is being used for environmental monitoring. Tasking satellite imagery goes beyond the image itself; it also collects and measures data to monitor change. Through our solution EarthCache, Earth observation data is easily accessible for organizations wanting to track a geographical […]

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