Landsat 5 Experiencing Technical Difficulties

On 26th November 2005, the back-up solar array drive on Landsat 5 began exhibiting unusual behaviour. The solar array drive maintains the proper pointing angle between the solar array and the sun. The rotation of the solar array drive became sporadic and the solar array was not able to provide the power needed to charge the batteries. Maintaining power to the batteries is critical to sustain proper operation of the spacecraft. The primary solar array drive failed under similar circumstances last January. As a result of this current situation, imaging operations will be suspended for at least the next two... (read more)
2005-12-05 12:00:00

5 Questions to... Christian Heipke

The ISPRS Congress is in full swing. How did you experience it up to now? The congress is very well organized, there is a good atmosphere and the people are eager to learn. The presentations were interesting. The two fora were important, well attended and with a useful discussion. They were a bridge between science and application, contributing to the profession. You are now chairing the ISPRS. How do you feel about this? I feel good about it. It’s good to see the society move forward at this pace. Good to see that people want to take on responsibility in... (read more)
2016-07-17 05:03:22

5 Questions to...Lena Halounová

The ISPRS Congress is in full swing. What was your experience of the first few days? That the Congress Director had no time to attend the Congress parallel sessions and interactive sessions. I would recommend the next one to read the papers during the reviewing process. Back in 2012 Prague won the bid to host the 2016 ISPRS Congress. Any regrets? No, not at all. I have met a lot of people I would have never met and I have visited many countries and exceptional places. All of that has given me a greater understanding of people from other countries... (read more)
2016-07-16 07:06:43

5 Questions to... Clarissa Augustinus

Dr Clarissa Augustinus is chief of the Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, Shelter Branch, Global Division, in UN-HABITAT. She is the key driver behind the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), focusing on innovative pro-poor land tools. At the end of July 2015, Augustinus, after more than 12 years of dedicated service, will leave the post in UN-Habitat. GIM International took the chance to ask her a couple of questions with regard to GLTN. What are the latest achievements in the Global Land Tool Network? The first version of the Costing and Financing of Land Administration services for Land Agencies... (read more)
2015-01-20 09:09:23

5 Questions to… Steven Ramage

Steven Ramage will be serving as the conference chair of the GIM International Summit. We asked him 5 questions about the first edition of this new geomatics event, to be held from 10-12 February 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You will serve as chair of the GIM International Summit in February 2016. Can you tell us why you agreed to take on this role? I had a discussion with the team putting together the agenda and I liked the approach. I have chaired several events in the last year and I’m increasingly finding myself working outside the geospatial sector (more... (read more)
2015-11-03 08:59:01

5th FIG Regional Conference

Promoting Land Administration and Good Governance
The 5th FIG Regional Conference was held in Accra, Ghana from 8th to 11th March 2006, together with the 37th Ghana Institution of Surveyors Conference. This was the first time that FIG held its regional conference in West Africa. It should be mentioned that interest in Ghana and the region, particularly Nigeria, exceeded all expectations. Almost 650 participants attended, representing fifty countries, twenty African and thirty overseas. The conference was organised by FIG and the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) in co-operation with the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines and the Land Administration Program (LAP). Co-hosts included FAO, UN-Habitat,... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

5 Questions to…Fabio Remondino

We took the opportunity to ask Fabio Remondino five questions. He will be chairing the session EuroSDR: Innovative technologies and methodologies for NMCAs at the ISPRS Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. Members of the remote sensing and photogrammetry community are gathering in Prague this year for the ISPRS Congress. Which highlights are you most looking forward to? I believe the Congress will highlight the latest developments and products at hardware, software and processing level. According to the submitted papers, I foresee presentations related to methodological and computational aspects of modelling and analysis in photogrammetry and remote sensing. I am particularly looking... (read more)
2016-07-11 02:14:34

5 Questions to... Vanessa Lawrence

As a member of the Bureau of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Dr Vanessa Lawrence is a well-known and widely recognised representative of our profession. GIM International asked her 5 questions about achievements and developments. Why does UN‑GGIM exist? UN‑GGIM acts as the formal intergovernmental mechanism to discuss, enhance and coordinate global geospatial information management activities by involving the Member States of the UN at the highest political and official level. It plays a leading role in making joint decisions and setting direction on the use of geospatial information within national, regional and... (read more)
2015-08-11 04:38:49

5 Questions to…Martin Isenburg

GIM International took the opportunity to ask Martin Isenburg, founder of rapidlasso GmbH, a couple of questions - ranging from Lidar and the large number of conventions and tradeshows he attends, to his complicated relation with Esri.   You are the creator of some indispensable tools for the Lidar industry, such as LAStools and the compressed LASzip format (*.laz). Much of your work is also open source. What drives you personally to create these products? The open source library ’LASlib’ was originally written to support my scientific work as a postdoc at UC Berkeley. I was working on triangulating gigantic point clouds... (read more)
2016-07-14 05:28:07

5 Questions to... Chris Sheldrick

Chris Sheldrick is director of what3words, a company which pinpoints any location on the globe (to the nearest 2 metres) with a unique 3 word combination. The technology comprises a giant grid of the world made up of 57 trillion squares of 3 metres x 3 metres. GIM International invited Chris Sheldrick to answer 5 questions in order to learn more about this innovative precise location service. What does your company do?The company what3words provides a human, friendly alternative to long coordinate pairs, whilst still retaining a 3m accuracy appropriate to most everyday needs. Instead of 51.611647, -0.343852 or 51°... (read more)
2014-11-03 09:58:17
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