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Reaching Orbit – World Cup

Posted on July 1st, 2014

It’s that time again, when the world’s most beloved sport pits one country against another. Soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, draws the attention of hundreds of millions of fans especially during the World Cup. There are heated and sometimes violent disagreements as to who’s team is the greatest of all time, what referee makes the worst call and who is obviously cheating. Sometimes, even the ball itself is to blame for intense contention between fans. With this in mind, after the last World Cup frustration when their Jabulani soccer ball behaved erratically at times, Adidas worked with a number of players in the design and construction of this year’s regulation soccer ball, the Brazuca. NASA also has football fever, they set up the traditional 32 panel soccer ball and the new Brazuca ball in their 2 foot by 2 foot wind tunnel at the Ames’ Fluid Mechanics Laboratory to see how air flows around the different designs. To the untrained eye, such as mine, one might think that a soccer ball is just as good as the next. The kind we used as children had the iconic 32 diamond panels and were relatively smooth. … testContinue reading

Our Changing Landscape – 2014 FIFA World Cup Preparations

Posted on May 7th, 2013

In this monthly feature, we span the globe to examine Our Changing Landscape with time series of medium resolution RapidEye satellite imagery. The RapidEye archive dates back to late 2008 and already contains more than 4 billion square kilometers of data. This month, we look at Brazilian preparations for the next FIFA World Cup in 2014. The RapidEye Constellation RapidEye is a constellation of five 5-meter medium resolution satellites each offering five spectral bands of information. The RapidEye constellation offers a daily revisit time to every location on the planet with a huge footprint that is 77-km wide. The data is priced competitively with a base price of $1.28 per square kilometer for all five spectral bands – academics do receive discounts. RapidEye adds a fifth band, the red edge, to the ‘traditional’ multispectral set of blue, green, red and near-infrared (NIR). The additional spectral data available in the red edge band allows users to extract more useful land ‘information’ than can be from traditional 4-band imagery sources. When RapidEye imagery is ordered as a Level 3A Orthorectified product, images from multiple dates are extremely well registered, making it the ideal data source for Our Changing Landscape. Building of the … testContinue reading

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