China's Fourth Navigation Satellite Launched

China successfully launched its fourth navigation satellite, as a part of its satellite navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology via a statement posted on its official website. The satellite was launched from the Long March 3 carrier rocket. It will join another three satellites in orbit to form a network that will eventually consist of 35 satellites, said the statement.According to the plan, the system will provide navigation, time and short message services in the Asia and Pacific region around 2012. It will be capable of providing... (read more)
2010-06-07 12:14:35

Sharper Satellite Images Guide Farmers

In the two years since DMCii added 22m multispectral imagery to its geospatial data portfolio, the detailed satellite views of the Earth's surface have proved to be useful tools for farmers facing growing challenges, such as the pressure to reduce fertiliser costs.     Acquired from the latest generation of DMC imaging satellites: UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1, this new class of data is employed every season for precision agriculture across countries including the US, Canada, the UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, Russia and Japan, and accounts for 50% of DMCii's annual growth.   In precision agriculture, satellite data is used... (read more)
2011-11-15 09:23:00

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

Satellite Technology of Wildlife Accounting

A meeting on the issues of application of space technology for monitoring and inventory of wild animals was held on 8th December, 2010 at ScanEx Research & Development Center. The most of the focus was on the issues of monitoring reindeer in Siberia, Far North and Far East. Leading specialists in sphere of wild animals’ inventory took part in this event, as well as representatives of scientific organisations and companies, specializing in development of satellite technology - SPIIRAS, “ES-PAS”, ScanEx, Commonwealth of Indigenous Minorities of the North, Siberia and Far East. The central topic for the discussion were modern methods... (read more)
2010-12-28 04:33:04

Satellite-based Monitoring Caspian Sea

ScanEx Research and Development Center and the «Kazakh Agency of Applied Ecology» (KAPE) initiated the second stage of satellite-based radar monitoring of the northern and middle part of Caspian Sea. Survey of the environmental situation of this water area has been ongoing since 2008 per request of the governmental authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This year ScanEx started satellite imagery session in March and will carry on its observations until freezing period.   Control over the ecological and shipping situation in northern parts of the Caspian Sea is done based on the operational analysis of radar images, delivered from... (read more)
2009-06-29 03:55:34

First Galileo Satellite on Orbit

The first Galileo demonstrator is in orbit, marking the very first step to full operability of Europe’s new global navigation satellite system, under a partnership between ESA and the European Commission (EC). Giove A, the first Galileo in-orbit validation element, was launched 28th December from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle operated by Starsem. Following a textbook lift-off at 05:19 UTC (06:19 CET), the Fregat upper stage performed a series of manoeuvres to reach a circular orbit at an altitude of 23 258 km, inclined at 56 degrees to the Equator, before safely deploying the satellite at 09:01:39 UTC (10:01:39... (read more)
2005-12-29 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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