GAF becomes a member of the BDI initiative NewSpace

GAF AG, a renowned company in the area of satellite-based Earth observation applications and space, has become a member of the new BDI initiative NewSpace.

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) founded the NewSpace initiative to take into account the increasing importance of aerospace and the ever-increasing commercialisation in traditional economic sectors of applications relating to space technology.

#Ausgezeichnet! GAF Auszubildender hat Deutschlands besten Abschluss in Geomatik

Die GAF AG ist stolz auf ihren Mitarbeiter Tobias Schraufstetter, der von der IHK für München und Oberbayern die Auszeichnung „Bundesbester Auszubildender 2021“ in Geomatik erhält.

Drei Jahre lang absolvierte er über die IHK und die GAF die duale Ausbildung zum Geomatiker. Dafür war er bei der GAF genau an der richtigen Adresse: Die GAF ist seit über 35 Jahren im Bereich angewandte Fernerkundung tätig – und einer der größten europäischen Geoinformationsdienstleister für Erdbeobachtungsdaten.

Tobias faszinierten von Anfang an die praktischen Anwendungen: „Besonders spannend an meiner Ausbildung finde ich, dass man von seinem eigenen Schreibtisch aus, nur mit einem Bildschirm, einem Rechner und einer Maus die ganze Erde beobachten kann". Tobias ist nun nach seinem Abschluss fester Mitarbeiter bei der GAF.

A key to the GAF world in 3D – Dr. Pablo d’Angelo (DLR) awarded the Manfred Fuchs Innovation Prize

Dr. Pablo d’Angelo, from the Remote Sensing Methodology Institute (IMF) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was awarded the Manfred Fuchs Innovation Prize for his elevation model algorithm by the Society of Friends of DLR (GvF) on 11/11/2021. This algorithm has enabled the development of very high resolution and extremely precise elevation models.

Dr. Sebastian Carl, GAF CEO, gave a speech praising the DLR scientist: “His algorithm has been an absolute game changer. It allows us to generate and provide surface models with resolutions of 30 cm to 5 m from any source data in various forms under the label GAF Elevation Suite as standard products. Since 2008, we have produced almost 13 million km² of coverage with a 5 m resolution and over 100,000 km² in VHR resolutions of 50 cm and better.”

25 Jahre erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit von GAF, DLR und Antrix

Die GAF AG, das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Neustrelitz und die Antrix Corporation arbeiten seit 25 Jahren erfolgreich zusammen. Sie unterzeichneten 1996 einen Kooperationsvertrag über den Empfang indischer Fernerkundungsdaten für die erste exklusive Vermarktung von Erdbeobachtungsdaten in Europa. Damit begannen 25 Jahre erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit der drei Partner. Sie sorgen bis heute und auch künftig für den Empfang, Vertrieb und die Verarbeitung von Millionen von Satellitendaten.

GAF AG and GIZ have successfully launched the Earth Observation Laboratory (EOL) at the premises of the “FAZO” Institute in the Republic of Tajikistan.

The activities are part of the GIZ project “Technology Based Adaptation to Climate Change in rural Areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” (TCCA-RA). GAF AG was contracted to assist in establishing the EOL facility and infrastructure. It was also commissioned to support FAZO with intensive capacity building activities, focusing on earth observation and remote sensing technologies.  The thematic emphasis lies on mitigating the impacts of climate change in the country. The first six-week training block was concluded successfully in mid-July with positive feedback from trainees and GIZ.

As part of the Committee of Land Management and Geodesy of the Republic of Tajikistan, FAZO intends to use the new EOL as a future hub for earth observation products and services in the country.

YOUR answers count! 10-Minutes-Questionnaire in English & Spanish to participate in designing capacity building material within the EO4SD-Forest Management project.

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is an ESA initiative to support the uptake of Earth Observation (EO)-derived information in sustainable development. The EO4SD Forest Management  project (EO4SD-FM) – aims to demonstrate the utility and benefit of mainstreaming EO-based forest related products and services for improved Forest Management for IFI programmes and stakeholders in Client States (CS).
The EO4SD-FM project will provide a quality assured portfolio of geo-spatial products that can be used in tropical dry and tropical humid ecosystems ins, such as in in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

Questionnaire
As all products and services will be user-driven – the EO4SD project team asks all interested stakeholders to fill out a 10-Minute-questionnaire, which is available in English and Spanish.

European VHR2021 project to support Copernicus is now launched

The Airbus-led consortium with GAF, selected by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), has started acquiring data to provide the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme with very high-resolution (VHR) satellite-based image coverage of Europe for 2021. 

By combining its skills, experience and expertise, the Airbus-GAF consortium will optimise the acquisition of data using a unique fleet of satellites. In the project, the Airbus optical satellite range, consisting of Pléiades, SPOT and Vision-1, as well as the WorldView, GeoEye, Deimos, SuperView, Kompsat and TripleSat satellites, will be used.

ESA and GAF AG continue offering free-of-charge access to DSMs, high-resolution and medium-resolution data via the Third Party Mission Scheme

ESA and GAF AG will continue to provide free-of-charge access to DSMs, high-resolution and medium-resolution data for scientific users. In January 2021, they extended their agreement about the provision of IRS data and DSMs as Third Party Mission (TPM) data until the end of 2021 or until full consumption of the budget, whichever occurs first.
Therefore, depending on the scientific relevance of their proposals, ESA will continue to grant scientists free-of-charge access to IRS optical HR/MR satellite imagery and DSMs. ESA and GAF are the exclusive suppliers in Europe of optical Indian remote sensing satellite (IRS) data from several missions. They started this unique service in May 2017, funded by and carried out under the Third Party Mission (TPM) scheme of the European Space Agency.

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