China Launches Polar Orbiting Satellite

A Chinese CZ-4C Chang Zheng-4C launch vehicle - carrying the Feng Yun-3A satellite - has lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center located in the Shanxi province. The first satellite of the second generation of polar orbiting meteorological satellites will operate in a 836 km sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 98.7 degrees, covering the planet twice a day. The satellite was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology (SAST) and is a three-axis stabilised vehicle measuring 4.4 x 2 x 2 meters, with a launch mass of 2200 kg. With a operational life of three years,... (read more)
2008-05-27 10:55:07

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

Satellite maps of Haiti Earthquake

Satellite images of the Port-au-Prince districts, damaged as a result of the 12th January earthquake, are in free access. Maps have been prepared by SCANEX specialists based on the GeoEye-1 VHR data on behalf of the Emercom of Russia. Maps show destroyed and damaged buildings, the road net of the region and tent camps. About the image: satellite images before (left) and after (right) the disaster. In the middle - a stadium, where camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been set up. To the left: Google Maps data. To the right: GeoEye-1 image, January 13 (GEOEYE, 2010). The highly-detailed EROS-B... (read more)
2010-01-19 10:13:48

First LDCM Satellite Images Released

NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have released the first images from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched on 11 February 2013. The natural-colour images show the intersection of the United States Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. LDCM acquired the images at about 1:40 p.m. on 18 March. The satellite's Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instruments observed the scene simultaneously. The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, processed the data. NASA is... (read more)
2013-03-22 11:14:31

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

First Ever Tsunami Satellite Data

Unique, near real-time satellite radar altimeter data on the recent Tsunami in South East Asia was captured and processed by the Faculty Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The movement of the Earth’s crust associated with the earthquake was measured with GPS; this has never been done before with previous Tsunamis and magnitude-9 Earthquakes. According to Ernst Schrama, a scientist at the university, the data was acquired by pure coincidence; radar-altimeter satellites simply happened to be ‘in the right spot at the right time.’ The satellites orbit Earth approximately fourteen times per day, settling in a... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

NigeriaSat-2 Satellite Launch Announced

SSTL is to launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on 29th October 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory. Its mission objectives include providing high resolution maps of Nigeria every four months, monthly monitoring of Nigerian crops for food supply security, and supporting the development... (read more)
2010-05-14 12:00:00
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