ISRO successfully launches CARTOSAT-2B alongside four other satellites
Mon Jul 12 2010
SRIHARIKOTA: In a textbook launch, India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Monday successfully placed into orbit remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B and four other satellites after a perfect lift off from the spaceport here.
Cartosat-2B is an advanced remote sensing satellite built by ISRO. This is the latest in the Indian remote sensing satellite series and the 17th in this series....
Economic Commission for Africa: Experts mull Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response in Africa
Fri Jul 9 2010
More than 100 decision-makers and senior experts on disaster-risk management experts from African countries, Europe, the Middle East and America are meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss “regional space-based solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa.” The Regional Workshop, which is being held from 6 to 9 July 2010, is organized by the UN Office for...
Predicting Dust Storms With Infrared Satellites
Wed Jul 7 2010
Researchers based at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a method for predicting dust and sandstorms that uses infrared satellite images to determine when conditions are ripe for the destructive phenomena, a technique that could be implemented globally and that the research team used to forecast a 2008 New Mexico dust storm-the area's largest in decades-two days beforehand.
Finding Space for Crowd-Sourcing in Humanitarian Response
Tue Jul 6 2010
"Crowd-sourcing" is a new buzzword in the world of humanitarian information. The combined power of mobile phones, mapping technology and social networking can enable citizens in crisis to seek help, facilitate aid deliveries, bear witness to abuses and hold governments and aid agencies more accountable, advocates say.
Crowd-sourcing on platforms including Ushahidi, for example, [http...
New booklet published on July 2nd by the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Fri Jul 2 2010
A new booklet published on July 2nd by the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) outlines the potential uses of geo-information technologies to reduce the impact of natural or manmade disasters and risks. “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management - Best Practices and Examples” brings together...
The Earth in 3D - German radar satellite TanDEM-X Launched Successfully
Mon Jun 28 2010
Germany's second Earth observation satellite, TanDEM-X, was launched successfully on 21 June 2010 at 04:14 Central European Summer Time (CEST, at 08:14 local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Atop a Russian Dnepr rocket, the satellite, weighing more than 1.3 tons and five metres in length, started its journey into orbit. At 4.45 CEST first signal was received via Troll ground...
Agreement Signed to Establish UN-SPIDER Office in Beijing
Mon Jun 21 2010
VIENNA, 17 June (UN Information Service) – On the margins of the fifty-third session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, H.E. Ambassador Hu, Xiaodi, representing the Government of China, Mazlan Othman, Deputy-Director General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed an agreement to establish a new...
NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System
Mon Jun 21 2010
PASADENA, Calif. – A NASA-led research team has successfully demonstrated for the first time elements of a prototype tsunami prediction system that quickly and accurately assesses large earthquakes and estimates the size of resulting tsunamis.
After the magnitude 8.8 Chilean earthquake on Feb. 27, a team led by Y. Tony Song of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used real-...
NASA's TRMM Satellite Provides Rainfall Estimate For Cyclone Phet
Tue Jun 15 2010
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, known as TRMM is a "flying rain gauge" in space, and can provide rainfall estimates from its position in orbit around the Earth.
Data accumulated from TRMM enabled visualizers to create a map of rainfall generated by Cyclone Phet as it marched through the Arabian Sea from May 31 to June 6. The heaviest rainfall occurred...
TanDEM-X Observing The Earth In 3D
Tue Jun 15 2010
The project to "map the Earth in 3D" is now entering its final preparation stage as the German Earth observation satellite TanDEM-X is readied for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On 21 June, at approximately 04:14:02 CEST, the satellite is due to be launched in to orbit at an altitude of 514 kilometres using a Dnepr launch vehicle. Digital elevation models...
Philippine Government Keen on Geo-Hazard Mapping
Mon Jun 7 2010
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines, signed an agreement to conduct a detailed geo-hazard mapping of three key cities in the Bicol Region to reduce the risk of disasters in these areas. The agreement was in the presence of DENR Secretary Horacio Ramos and DSWD Acting Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco.
NASA Center for Climate Simulation: Data Supporting Science
Mon Jun 7 2010
Debuting in spring 2010, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the new name for a Goddard Space Flight Center organization that has provided supercomputing resources to NASA scientists and engineers for over 25 years. This science is carried out by hundreds of NCCS users from Goddard, other NASA centers, laboratories, and universities across the U.S. The two largest user groups are...
NOAA updates its GPS system
Fri May 28 2010
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it is modernizing its Global Positioning System to utilize advances in technology. Scientists at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey -- the official U.S. government source for determining precise latitude, longitude and elevation -- said the effort is important for activities requiring accurate positioning information -- including...
Focus on user requirements at WGISS-29 Meeting in Bonn
Wed May 26 2010
The 29th Plenary of the Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) of the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) took place from 17 to 21 May 2010 on the UN premises in Bonn, Germany. Representatives of various space agencies and related institutions, such as the Thai Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the Brazilian National Institute for...
UN-SPIDER supporting the establishment of a crop-monitoring project in Guatemala
Mon May 31 2010
From 13 to 19 May UN-SPIDER organized and participated in meetings to discuss and elaborate a proposal for a potential project in Guatemala targeting the use of space-based information to assess the impact of drought and climate variability on crops. This project proposal has been submitted to the Guatemalan National Council of Science and Technology (CONCYT) for funding, and targets the...
Fostering the SPIDER Thematic Partnership for Latin America and the Caribbean
Mon May 31 2010
From 10 to 12 May UN-SPIDER staff followed an invitation to participate in a meeting organized by Thermopylae Sciences and Technology to review and suggest improvements to the 3D-UDOP geo-viewer, UDOP meaning “User-Defined Operating Picture”. UN-SPIDER was invited to this meeting because of its experience related to disaster management. The meeting was attended by experts from several...
UN-SPIDER participated in the “Workshop on Space-technology Applications in Disaster Risk Reduction” in Beijing
Mon May 31 2010
From 3 to 7 May 2010 UN-SPIDER staff participated in the “Workshop on Space-technology Applications in Disaster Risk Reduction” jointly hosted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R.C. and the International Civil Defence Organization (ICDO) and organized by the National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC ) in Beijing. The workshop provided an opportunity for UN-SPIDER to...
UN-SPIDER at the Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Nairobi
Fri Apr 30 2010
Following the invitation of the organisers, UN-SPIDER participated in the Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that took place from 14 to 16 April 2010 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya in parallel to the First Ministerial Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa.
During this important constitutional event African ministers...
TerraSAR-X's 'twin' satellite, TanDEM-X, certified ready for space
Fri Apr 30 2010
The construction of the German radar satellite TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) is complete and the satellite has been qualified for space operations during a series of tests conducted at IABG in Ottobrunn, near Munich. As with its 'twin' satellite TerraSAR-X, the TanDEM-X project has been implemented as a public-private partnership (PPP) between the German Aerospace...
Monitoring the Gulf Coast Oil Spill - UPDATED 05/05/2010
Thu Apr 29 2010
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the semi-submersible offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and injuring 17 others. On April 24, it was found that the wellhead was damaged and was leaking oil into the Gulf. This significant spill poses a serious threat to wildlife, affecting as many as 400 species along the...