Imagery from Space

Intterra's Satellite Intel Tool provides the ability to locate and utilize satellite imagery acquired above an event.  This tool is designed to provide easy access to information generated by satellite sensors that can provide heat perimeter and hot spot mapping.  Images are uploaded in Intterra as they are acquired from the organizations with whom we work to task satellite images.

Products of Satellite Intel missions may include: 

  • Infrared images (near infrared (NIR), shortwave infrared (SWIR), thermal infrared (TIR)).
  • Aerial color photographs.

To see and use Intterra to access satellite imagery, your organization must coordinate with Intterra to acquire the Satellite Intel Tool.

Once your organization has access to satellite imagery, you can see aerial photographs and infrared images in the context of your Intterra map.

View Satellite Imagery

To view satellite imagery in Intterra:

  1.  Go to the Satellite Intel Tool (from Tools Menu), which is usually in both the Operations and Plans/Intel Workspaces.
  2. The most recent mission, identified in the box below Select a Mission is automatically loaded.  You have a choice of how to view the Satellite Intel products: By mission (images collected on a certain date and by a certain satellite sensor).  If you choose to utilize this option, select the mission date, time, and sensor from the Select a Mission dropdown menu.
  3. OR Select an Incident (images collected from possibly more than one satellite sensor mission).  If you choose to utilize this option, skip the mission selection and select an incident from the Select an Incident dropdown menu.
    1. TIP: If available, review imagery from multiple sensors for a specific incident.
  4. Select Zoom to view the available product options in the proper geographic location.

NOTE: If you select Zoom and see no change, wait another five to ten seconds (and, if necessary, select Zoom again).  Large image files (sometimes several of them) are loading in the background.  Watching the status bar can supply you with a better idea of when the data has loaded.

NOTE: Each option in the menu, including the perimeter and imagery files, can be toggled on or off.  Select an option to activate it; deselect it to deactivate it.  A blue stripe displayed along the left edge indicates an intel product option that is active.

NOTE: The Satellite Intel Tool's functions were pulled from the Aircraft Intel Tool.  Therefore, some options are not applicable to Satellite Intel, but still show up as a menu option.  All options (and exceptions) are discussed below:
  • The Aircraft button controls the display of the location of the aircraft during a live mission (used in the Aircraft Intel Tool, and not applicable here).
  • The Retardant button controls the display of the location of retardant that has already been delivered at the site.
  • The Public Safety button controls the display of the location of a public safety concern (a hazard, chemical spill, or other concern).  These include the following types:
    • Public Safety incident (indicated by a blue dot).
    • Life Safety incident (indicated by a yellow dot, line, or polygon).
    • Hazard (indicated by a green dot, line, or polygon).
  • The Hot Spots button controls the display of the general location (within a mile) of an area of concern with a red dot on the map.
  • The Detections button was created for the Aircraft Intel Tool and is not applicable here.
  • The Fire Lines button controls the display of the location of any fire lines that have been mapped at the site.
  • The Perimeters button controls the display of the location of any perimeters mapped at the site by aircraft personnel.  Any perimeter vector files displayed on the map are listed in the space below the Perimeter button.  
  • The Imagery button controls the display of the location of aircraft imagery.  All images are listed in the space below the Imagery button.  Image types include IR, HS, and EO:
    • IR indicates an infrared image (with shortwave infrared (SWIR) bands).
    • HS indicates an image with both visible and near infrared (NIR) bands.
    • EO indicates a color photograph.
  • The Videos button controls the display of any videos that may be available.  It is less likely to have videos within the Satellite Intel Tool (compared to the Aircraft Intel Tool) but, depending on the satellite, there is a slim chance that a video may have been created.
NOTE: Image files are very, very large.  To enhance performance, a maximum limit has been set for the number of images initially loaded.  (Other images may be listed, but are not initially toggled on.)

To show the warped image on the map, select the first icon. 
To show an unwarped image, select the second icon. 
To download the product, select the third icon. 
To zoom to the perimeter vector file on the map, select the fourth icon. 

For more information about a similar tool, refer to Aircraft Intel Tool.