Singapore is getting ready to launch its TeLEOS-1 Earth Observationsatellite. TeLEOS-1 will be the first Singapore-made commercial satellite. The launch is planned for the end of 2014 on board of the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar satellite launch vehicle.
As UN-SPIDER reported, NASA is preparing for the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite in the end of February. The Satellite will be mainly used for rain- and snowfall observation and forecasting.
Agricultural burning is widespread in Africa and fires keep on breaking out in different regions.
This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Sprectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on January 28, 2014 and shows the Sahel region in West Africa in the middle of its burning season. Fires are marked with red points, smoke is easily recognizable.
China is planning to expand its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2020 and make it accurate to within centimeters. Up until now the Chinese system has 16 satellites and it is expected to grow to 30 by 2020.
Currently the system reaches an error margin as low as 5 meters. With the improvements China hopes to be able to compete with the US GPS. The system serves the Asia-Pacific region a year now and hopes to expand coverage to other Asian countries.