Yes, when it comes to flood detection, CYGNSS is proving to be better than the mighty Landsat birds operated by USGS and NASA, or even the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 1 and 2 satellites. Unlike Landsat (which cannot see through clouds) or Sentinel (which draws a blank on hitting vegetation), the CYGNSS satellites can see through all things – clouds, rain and vegetation – that could obscure floodwaters.
There are dozens of websites that NASA uses to host its remote-sensing data and tools (more than 50, we kid you not!). So, for someone not too familiar with the geospatial industry, making sense of all this information or even figuring out which asset can be located where could be an overwhelming exercise. Not surprisingly, NASA has not been able to make startups or other small businesses tap into its full commercialization potential, even though these companies could benefit greatly from access to free and open remote-sensing data.