Oh say can you see, from space?! 🇺🇸🎂

Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States

Celebrating an American Capitol

Annapolis, Maryland was the first Capitol of The United States after the signing and ratification of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. It was once known as the ‘Athens of the United States’ for being a vibrant, intellectual city with no shortage of insightful events. Today the State House where George Washington transitioned the authority of the United States from the Army to Civilian government is still the Capitol of the State of Maryland. As one of the first State governments to use Ovela InSAR technology to monitor vast numbers of infrastructure objects, Annapolis holds a very special place for us. In a celebration of this incredible State House, let’s take a look at the building from its deformation data! As with many very old and stable structures, it has settled nicely and appears as of August 2018 a stable pillar of American Independence, even structurally.

Keep in mind, when you look at our PSinSAR data what you are seeing in the colored dots are areas that have been coherently reflective over the whole period of the observation. In this case that was between 2016 and 2018. The colors themselves correlate to doppler shift, red being away from the space craft (down) and blue toward it (up). The scale we are using is 15mm and that determines intensity of the color and the size of the dot when you’re zoomed out - so it’s easier to see important changes.

O say can you see Fort McHenry?

Baltimore, Maryland is special to us at Ovela for many reasons. When the Soviet Union attacked Estonia and the United States began to give aid to Estonians, a key area they relocated to was . . . Baltimore. Maryland has one of the largest populations of Estonian migrants from the time of the War. The National Guard of Maryland had its first State Partner together with Estonia after it regained Independence. This has meant everything from Maryland’s pilots landing aircraft in Estonia to the transport of books to Estonia’s children’s hospitals. ❤️

Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor was under assault in the war of 1812 and yet it withstood the barrage inspiring Francis Scott Key to write ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ This tremendous song largely about the enduring resilience of the United States went on to become the National Anthem.

With all this fantastic story it’s a great site to take a look at with Sentinel 1 for the 243rd birthday of the United States!

America’s Space Legacy Counts

The bold history of the United States in space exploration has furthered science and advancement for all of us - that is undeniable. The role of the United States in inspiring young people the world over to get involved in space has lead to countless discoveries by individuals from nearly every country on the planet. The collaboration between humanities, space agencies, and occasional fierce rivalry, pushes us forward. Remote sensing as a discipline owes a great deal of its DNA to the United States.

Our own history at Ovela has been indelibly written in this ink- with the founders of our company from the two great powers that began that story. One, a Soviet space communications engineer, another the grandson of an Apollo navigation engineer. Like you, when we visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum it’s something so much more, something tangible that you can feel in your gut pulling you in.

Our team has people with family backgrounds at Kodak, where the first remote sensing work was done with specialty films. With outrageously interesting missions that included satellites that dropped film canisters into the sea for retrieval and development during the Cold War, the Corona satellite program was, in its time, one of the most fascinating the world had seen! Check it out here.

All of us dreamed of the stars and all of us are thrilled to be working with you to bring space home to Earth. Happy Birthday, America!