Rapid advances in space technology offers great opportunities to improve the way we deliver our services to communities.

We can now access data from large constellations of micro-satellites that provide real-time monitoring data and detailed images to inform decision making across our dynamic built and natural environments.

In February 2018 the Victorian Government commenced a three-month trial with a company called Planet that provides access to one of the world’s largest constellation of earth-imaging satellites.

Every day these satellites take more than one million photographs – providing unique access to daily and archived imagery, base maps and mapping tools, for a range of monitoring and mapping applications.

The satellites circle the globe in 24-hour loops, passing over the same location at the same time each day – which makes it easier to detect differences from one day to the next.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is coordinating the trial on behalf of the Victorian government.

To find out more about the trial and how it could support your monitoring, mapping and decision making needs read these Q and A’s (PDF, 2.0 MB) or contact planet.trial@delwp.vic.gov.au

To sign up for the trial visit: https://geoplex.typeform.com/to/SWOiPk

The trial will run from now until 18 May 2018.

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Cape Barren satellite image

Dove Satellite 2016

Planet Dove Satellite

Images courtesy of Planet