phyr writes: "The European Space Agency is looking for student coders to join the Summer of Code in Space. ESA will pay 4000 Euros to each student for contributing to a space related open source project for the summer. Accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. Mentor organizations have been selected. Students now have until July 27 to submit their applications. Check out the ideas pages of each project such as for the NEST SAR Toolbox"
What's new here is that they are trying to get a constellation up very cheap (20M) and expect to get a 50:1 return on investment.
The sensors themselves aren't that impressive and low resolution when compared to RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X and CosmoSkymed.
With all the new data that is and will be freely available to everyone, we could use some SoC help on the open source toolboxes BEAM, NEST and others.
Please send in your ideas on what could be worked on for NEST here
NEST could definitely benefit from more GIS functionality with more integration with GeoTools or other Java GIS libraries.
For visualizing terrain data the open source NEST ESA SAR Toolbox is great.
It automatically downloads SRTM tiles as needed to orthorectify SAR images.
When the interferometry modules are ready it will also be able to generate new DEMs from SAR images
This is a digital elevation map at 30m resolution. The only other global DEM freely available is SRTM from a shuttle mission a while ago. It's only available at 90m globally and 30m for the US.
This will be used for orthorectifying images and interferometry of satellite data among other things.