e-CORCE to render Google Earth Obsolete?

I was watching TV Afrique during my stay in Jo’burg for MobileActive ’08 and caught an interesting piece of news that could have far-reaching implications for crisis mapping: a new project called “e-Continuous Observing System Relayed by Cellular processing Environment” or e-CORCE.

The driving question behind this bold initiative led by le Centre Francais d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is: “can we provide a massive and automated representation of the whole Earth with 1-m resolution and on a daily basis?”

The project would make use of 13 satellites and 50 relay stations for image processing. CNES hopes to have the e-CORCE operational by 2014.

Patrick Philippe Meier

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