Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan. The unpredictability of earthquakes of this magnitude reminds me of our vulnerability as we hurl through space on a rocky eggshell with a molten core. Fortunately, there are many smart people who dedicate their lives to understanding and, hopefully, one day predicting these events.
If anyone out there needs to collect satellite imagery of the devastation, here is a quick write up on how to get information from STK
for planning your imagery requests.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a Real Time earthquake KML file that you can download here
. Next, go to our Standard Object Catalog website
and set your filter of Mission Class to Earth Observation. It will return a list of satellites and any information that you might want to know about them. Choose and download the satellites that you have selected and load them into STK for access analysis.
I’m assuming knowledge of STK with these steps, but if you need more specific step-by-step instructions, please just let us know here
or in the comments. If you are new to the software, you can download it for free here
. There are also tutorial videos here
. Below is what the KMZ file will look like once it is loaded into STK.