All posts by Jeff Salmon

Rocket Billionaires

Rocket Billionaires

Here’s a great example of serendipity. Not so long ago I took a break from my daily routine and flipped on the TV. The set was tuned to the science channel, and just as the screen flickered to life I beheld the sight of the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as it lifted off....

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Big Bird + Black Ice = Space 2.1

First off, let’s decipher that headline, starting at the end. Space 2.0 (AKA “NewSpace”) is the catch-all phrase that describes the privatization of space and the companies, platforms, and technologies that come with it. We’ll get to the “2.1” in a minute. Big Bird is the nickname given the world’s largest aircraft (by wingspan, 385’)...

Alexa, Survey This Parcel

I’ve been thinking about the issue of automation and robots and their impact on the geospatial profession. I think it’s good news. So, let’s get started on dispelling the idea that “the ‘bots are coming for my job!” Here are two reasons why that’s not going to happen. 1) Everything I’m reading and observing argues...

What I Saw at ILMF 2018

ILMF is an outstanding conference for all things lidar, including airborne, terrestrial, and underwater, as well as new remote-sensing and data-collection tools and technologies. I try to attend every year because it never gets old; there are plenty of new and exciting technologies, both on the exhibit floor and in the many workshops and presentations....

Parrot Mambo FPV Drone

Why Your First Drone Should Be a Hobby Drone

A low-cost way to get hands-on UAS experience is to purchase a hobby drone and practice with it before making a bigger investment in a commercial-grade unit. I’ve talked to UAS professionals who agree . Why?  The low cost makes it easy to afford and less painful should you crack it up. And, trust me...

Top of the Crop: Pangaea 2017

As December closes its door, we look back at the year think about its highlights. As your Pangaea editor I examined the 2017 issues ranked by readership. Here’s the top three, why I think they were so popular, and the takeaways from each. Pangaea #190: Don’t Buy a Drone This headline was a bit of...