EarthCARE Satellite Contract Signed

The European Space Agency and Astrium GmbH have signed a contract worth €263m to provide the EarthCARE satellite, the sixth Earth Explorer mission of ESA's Living Planet Programme. As prime contractor, Astrium GmbH is responsible for the satellite's design, development and integration. The contract was signed in Berlin on the occasion of the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) by Volker Liebig, ESA's Director of Earth Observation, Evert Dudok, CEO of Astrium Satellites and Uwe Minne, Director of Earth Observation and Science at Astrium GmbH (Friedrichshafen), in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Head of... (read more)
2008-05-28 09:16:45

Satellite Smartphone App Contest

Surrey experts in space technology have today launched a Facebook competition challenging the British public to develop innovative applications that will run on its smartphone-powered satellite due for launch into space next year.     The STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) satellite weighs just 4kg and is a collaborative effort between engineers at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and University of Surrey researchers.  It is being built in their free time to test innovative ideas for lower cost space missions.   In the spirit of the mission, the four most creative, novel and fun  'App' ideas will be... (read more)
2011-08-02 08:50:04

Satellite Technologies Expo

Following exponential growth in the space sector, Messe Stuttgart (Germany) has created POSITIONALE, an international trade fair and conference for satellite positioning, navigation and telematics technologies. The expo will run concurrently with the European Space Agency (ESA)'s annual Investment Forum in Stuttgart from 18th to 20th May 2010.     The global space sector, worth EUR90 billion and growing at 7% annually, influences most modern industries. Applications for modern satellite navigation technologies include transport, logistics, fleet and motor pool management, the automotive sector, traffic planning and control and navigation and mobile data utilisation.   Europe has a 40% share of... (read more)
2009-06-25 04:06:57

Modernized GPS Satellite Launched

The fourth US Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle. Designated GPS IIR-17M, the satellite is the fourth in a series of eight Block IIR-M spacecraft that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems has modernised for its customer, the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,CA, USA. The Block IIR-M series includes new features that enhance operations and navigation signal performance for military and civilian GPS users around the globe.   Each... (read more)
2007-10-18 09:51:56

Satellite Imagery to Shell Desktops

ER Mapper (Australia) has rolled out a new software solution for Shell exploration and production that makes Shell's twelve terabyte archive of satellite imagery available to users throughout the world. The solution was built by ER Mapper's enterprise services team and features the Image Web Server product, which uses patented image compression and serving technologies to provide a fast and responsive system, even when serving very large images to many users. Using a web browser, users simply zoom to a particular location to see the list of images available for that area. They can then ask for information about the... (read more)
2006-05-29 12:00:00

Direct Access to Satellite Data

The expiring year witnessed the installation of the Alice-SC satellite data receiving and processing station at the Voyeikov Main Geophysical Observatory in St-Petersburg (Russia). The station has been developed and installed on the basis of observatory by the ScanEx specialists and enables to work with data, received from polar-orbiting meteo-satellites via L-band (1,7 GHz). The Main Geophysical Observatory (MGO), established in January 1849 by the Degree of the Emperor Nikolai I, is the oldest meteorological institution in the world. Now its specialists can handle meteorological satellites data of NOAA (USA), MetOp-A (European meteo-agency) and FengYun (China) in direct readout mode.... (read more)
2009-12-31 12:00:00

Google Unveils Satellite Map Feature

Google Inc. (CA, USA) has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on homes and businesses using satellite images, an advance that may raise privacy concerns as well as intensify the competitive pressures on its rivals. The satellite technology is part of the package that the company acquired when it bought digital map maker Keyhole Corp. for an undisclosed amount nearly six months ago. This marks the first time since the deal closed that Google has offered free access to Keyhole's high-tech maps through its search engine. Users previously had to pay US$ 29.95 to... (read more)
2005-04-08 12:00:00

Workshop for Satellite Navigation Competition

Having rewarded Europe's best ideas for innovative satellite navigation applications technology, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is now in its 6th year. GRACE is holding a workshop on 1st July to help UK entries improve their chance of winning this year's competition and in addition, is also showing its support for the competition by offering the winner of the UK competition up to GBP5000 worth of support in developing their idea further.     The workshop, which is free to SMEs & budding entrepreneurs, is being held on the Jubilee Campus at The University of Nottingham and is aimed... (read more)
2009-06-05 01:44:33

Satellite Applications Catapult Joins BARSC

The British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC) has announced that the Satellite Applications Catapult has taken advantage of the new Observer Membership class and joined the association. From its offices on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, the Satellite Applications Catapult works to create and accelerate economic growth in the UK through the application of space technology. It is a not-for-profit organisation, independent of any one technology or company, and always works to bring the best available solution to solve customer problems. BARSC represents British-based companies with a commercial interest in remote sensing; a fast-growing industry within both the space... (read more)
2017-01-10 12:04:39

Satellite Communications Vital for Africa

GIM International Interviews Paul Thomson, Regional Director, ImageAfrica
Availability of (geospatial) data in Africa always has, and still does represent a bottleneck. Poor communications infrastructure, lack of funds, price of geospatial data and a poor distribution network are just a few contributing factors. To help arrive at an urgently needed solution, ImageAfrica decided it needed to start by being on the spot. GIM International interviewed regional director Paul Thomson in Nairobi, Kenya. What made you and the United Kingdom ImageAfrica office decide to establish a site here in East Africa? It was felt that there existed a strong need for a set-up like this, and a huge potential... (read more)
2005-03-22 12:00:00
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