For this we have been accessing several existing commercial satellites - via a link up to the New Weddington Isles' Prime Consul in exile in Canberra - that track over the area from latitude 51°75′S 143°04′E to 51°02′S 144°13′E.
As the area is prone to cloud cover this project went back to 2003 in a bid to gain a tantalising glimpse of the Isles we claim. The key provider of this data is NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) which provides the capability to interactively browse over 900 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data.
We have logged several times periods with gaps in cloud cover and, whilst it still covers some of the area, are now at a stage where the co-ordinates have been triangulated with weather breaks and are delighted to release the initial, enhanced, imagery of the Isles.
We are in the process of cross matching time taken / latitude /longitude of the existing EOSDIS satellite image to image from the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 which has just come online with 8 times higher spatial resolution. We are also still searching for more images in cloud breaks using this new facility. Time consuming but laborious; and we will post a full gallery on our website soon.
In recognition that ‘Space Program’ is slightly misleading as it is using existing satellites to explore the Earth’s surface; we are renaming this Department “The New Weddington Expeditionary Program”. This will also cover some exciting land-based exploration projects of which more soon. Meantime here is the first image of the Isles!