satellite technology

Facebook expands its population density maps to the Asia-Pacific region

The above map shows the distribution of women of reproductive age (ages 18-49) spread across Tanzania, drawn from a combination of census data and satellite imagery. Image: Facebook.

Facebook has published new population density maps covering most of the African continent and countries of the Asia-Pacific region in June 2019. Using artificial intelligence (AI), these maps help organizations to respond to natural disasters, and scientists to assess the impact of climate change and urbanization on people’s lives.


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Tue, 16/07/2019 - 16:28

Satellite technology to reduce drought risk in Kenya

Kenya vegetation anomaly during 2011 drought (Image: NASA/ J. Allen)

Satellite technology helps to monitor drought in Kenya providing detailed information about the strength, location, spatial extent and duration of the drought.


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Mon, 23/03/2015 - 09:16

China and Brazil: Strengthening joint development of high-tech satellites

Satellite image of the Amazon

Chinese and Brazilian officials have announced their intention to deepen their cooperation in satellite development and applications. The space-based collaboration between both nations has already been fruitful in various fields, including remote sensing and


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Tue, 16/12/2014 - 12:00

India considers expanding broadband services to rural areas through satellite technology

Satellite image of India acquired by Envisat's ASAR, 2005

The government of the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India announced its considerations of employing satellite technology to provide rural areas with broadband services, including computer networks, television and internet access.


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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:24

Malaysia: Head of Space Agency promotes satellite technology for disaster management

NASA’s Aqua satellite detected fires in Malaysia and Indian Ocean 's islands

The Director-general of the Malaysian National Space Agency (Angkasa), Dr Noordin Ahmad, highlighted the importance of satellite technology in the pre- and post-disaster management phases, as well as during the occurrence of an


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Mon, 08/12/2014 - 08:06

New map explores ocean tectonics from space

Marine gravity model of the Central Indian Ocean

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California created a new seafloor map based on satellite data that discloses previously unaccessible features on global earthquakes, spreading ridges and faults.

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Tue, 14/10/2014 - 15:35

MetOP satellites: Second Generation to be launched in 2021

Second Generation meteorological satellites are planned to launch in 2021

The first documents for Europe’s MetOp Second Generation (MetOp SG) weather satellite mission were signed on 20 May 2014 by representatives from ESA and Airbus Defence and Space at the Berlin Air Show.


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Wed, 21/05/2014 - 15:31

Brochure: UN-SPIDER

UK and China promise Nigeria satellite imaging in the search for the abducted girls

Satellite image shows Lake Chad

British and Chinese satellite imaging and tracking technology will be deployed to Nigeria to help Nigerian authorities to support them in the search of the abducted Nigerian school girls.

"President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday requested and received a commitment from Britain to deploy its intelligence gathering resources in support of Nigeria’s security agencies currently engaged in the search and rescue operation," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement.


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Mon, 12/05/2014 - 10:11

Iran: Plans for launch of seven new satellites

Iran’s Qeshm Island seen from space by ESA's Envisat satellite.

During the new Iranian calendar year which started on March 21, the Islamic Republic of Iran plans to launch seven satellites into space, Hamid Fezeli, Head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA) said. ISA is also host of one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices.


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Mon, 08/04/2013 - 15:39

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