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  • Suomi NPP, Ball and NASA's first environmental satellite (Image: NASA)
    Ball and NASA to build a new environmental satellite Vie Jul 3 2015
    Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is teaming up with NASA in the development of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), USA’s next environmental spacecraft, which will presumably be launched in 2017. This polar-orbiting artifact’s mission will consist of collecting science-quality atmospheric, oceanographic, and land surface measurements that are crucial for the country's weather mission...
  • Power outage during disasters like this one caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 can be crucial for people relying on electric medical equipment (Image: Kevin Deamandel)
    emPOWER map: Health disaster preparedness through geographic data Vie Jul 3 2015
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of USA has released a map based on geographic data to support during disasters and emergencies patients whose lives rely on electric medical devices. The emPOWER map will assist Medicare (national social insurance programme) fee-for-service beneficiaries using electrical equipment, if due to an emergency their area is in danger of a power outage....
  • Great Britain and Ireland satellite picture (Image: ESA)
    Agreement between British Geological Survey and Bluesky jue Jul 2 2015
    The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Bluesky mapping company have reached an agreement so that a set of BGS's map layers will be available for purchase on Bluesky’s website. These geological and geohazard maps will include eight layers with high resolution aerial images, detailed elevation models and Ordnance Survey mapping. The Geological map layers from BGS comprise both the 1:10,000 scale...
  • The new arrangement between China and EU will enhance remote sensing activities (Image: NASA)
    China and the European Union to collaborate on remote sensing activities jue Jul 2 2015
    China has signed an agreement with the European Union to enhance collaborative research in the field of remote sensing. During the 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and the People's Republic of China that took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels, officials representing Europe’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Remote Sensing arranged a...
  • DHS to deliver relevant geospatial data helping first responders in emergency situations (Image: NASA)
    DHS makes available geospatial data for first responders mié Jul 1 2015
    The Department of Homeland Security of USA is using the imagery-hosting web service Terra Pixel to provide easy access to location-based imagery for state and local first responders. Using the cloud to upload, manage and store geospatial data, DHS is able to deliver relevant imagery from past 24 hours to first responders allowing them to quickly react during disasters. Through the Terra Pixel...
  • Satellite image of Northern China (Image: ESA)
    China launches Gaofen-8 Earth Observation satellite mié Jul 1 2015
    China carried out on June 26 the unexpected launch of a new Earth Observation satellite called Gaofen-8 from the Taiyuan Satellite launch Center in Shanxi province. The launch was not announced beforehand by the authorities but is part of the China High-Resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a series of high-resolution optical Earth Observation satellites placed in various orbits that will...
  • The Bhuvan Ganga web portal provides geospatial data such as flood annual layers (Image: NRSC)
    Geospatial and crowd-sourcing technologies to monitor pollution of river Ganga mar Jun 30 2015
    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), carried out by the Government of India, will monitor the pollution of river Ganga using geospatial and crowd-sourcing technologies. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has signed an agreement with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research...
  • The Niger delta (Image:ESA)
    Nigeria plans to develop its own satellite lun Jun 29 2015
    Nigeria plans to develop, manufacture and launch its own satellite by 2030, according to Dr. Spencer Onu, the Center for Satellite Technology Development’s (CSTD) Director. He also added that the components needed for building the space artifact are presently being developed. However, he also admitted that Nigeria still suffers from shortages in the application of space technology, specifically...
  • UNESCO and World Heritage logos (images: UNESCO)
    Upcoming International Workshop and Training with the participation of UN-SPIDER Vie Jun 26 2015
    UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management & Training for the Asia-Pacific Region is organizing the “International Workshop and Training on The Role of Natural World Heritage Sites in Disaster Risk Reduction”, which will be held in the headquarters of the Wildlife institute of India, in Dehradun, between the 24th and 28th of August. UN-SPIDER is also participating in the...
  • Floods in Pakistan observed by ESA's Envisat satellite in 2010 (Image: ESA)
    SUPARCO: Monitoring floods of Punjab rivers from space Vie Jun 26 2015
    The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan announced that all rivers of Punjab will be monitored by satellites operated by SUPARCO. The aim is to receive updated information of flow of water in rivers and nullahs in order to monitor floods. According to Chief Relief Commissioner Punjab and Senior Member Board of Revenue Nadeem Ashraf "modern software had been...
  • The Global Risk Map shows information on countries highly exposed to natural hazards
    IAG launches the Global Risk Map jue Jun 25 2015
    Insurance Australia Group (IAG) launched a new natural disaster management instrument at the Global Insurance Forum in New York, the Global Risk Map. This interactive map shows the social and economic impact of cyclones, floods, earthquakes and related disasters during the past 115 years. It focuses on areas that are most susceptible to be affected by disasters, taking into account their social...
  • Iberian Peninsula satellite image (Image: ESA)
    Deimos-2 satellite´s first anniversary jue Jun 25 2015
    Deimos-2, Spain’s first Very High Resolution Earth Observation satellite launched on the 24th of June 2014, celebrates its first successful year in orbit. It has travelled more than 230 million km and recorded 18,000 images, covering an area of 3.2 million square km. Its imagery can be applied to several activities, mainly to agricultural and environmental monitoring, water administration and...
  • FASTSAT, a minisatellite designed by NASA (Image: NASA)
    Report forecasts boom for nano and microsatellite industry jue Jun 25 2015
    A new report by the international consulting firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) forecasts a boom for nano and microsatellites by 2024, which would lead to a significant diversification of the satellite industry. The report, entitled “Nano and Microsatellite Markets, 2nd Edition”, states that the market for sub-100 kg space artifacts has nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, and operators have...
  • Belarus satellite image (Image: NASA)
    New remote sensing satellite to be developed by Russia and Belarus mié Jun 24 2015
    Russia and Belarus announced that they are aiming to develop a new remote sensing satellite in two or three years. This Earth Observation satellite will replace a currently operating satellite whose service life will shortly come to an end. The new satellite will capture images with a resolution of less than one meter, so it will be more precise than the existing two meter resolution satellite...
  • The Aquarius instrument aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was measuring global sea surface salinity (Image: NASA)
    CONAE and NASA Aquarius mission stops operating mié Jun 24 2015
    The Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D satellite observatory, a joint project between NASA and Argentina’s Space Agency (CONAE), with participation from Brazil, Canada, France and Italy, has ended its activity after nearly four years. The international Earth-observing mission, launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface, has been brought to an end due to the...
  • Sentinel 2A on the point of being launched (Image:ESA)
    ESA’s Sentinel 2A successfully launched and set in orbit mar Jun 23 2015
    Sentinel 2A, the new satellite developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, was successfully launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana) on 23 June 2015 at 01:52 GMT. It separated from the stage into flight 54 minutes after the launch, its solar panel has already been deployed but it will only begin its missions in three or four months. Sentinel 2A is the second...
  • SAR satellites observing the Earth (Image: DLR)
    UrtheCast to launch new Earth Observation constellation mar Jun 23 2015
    The Canadian company UrtheCast announced its plans to develop a constellation of brand-new Earth Observation satellites. Comprised of a minimum of 16 satellites, it will be the world’s first fully-integrated, multispectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) commercial constellation of Earth Observation satellites. It is scheduled for launch between 2019 and 2020. This new constellation...
  • Satellite view of India (Image: NASA)
    India shares concept note for SAARC satellite lun Jun 22 2015
    India has prepared a concept note of the new SAARC satellite (tentatively called SAARC SAT) to the other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in preparation of a special meeting this week. SAARC is an economic and geopolitical organisation of eight countries that are primarily located in South Asia or Indian subcontinent. The main areas of application for SAARC...
  • UK Environment Agency LiDAR data covering 60% of England and Wales to be freely available (Image: NASA/GSFC)
    UK Environment Agency to make LiDAR data freely available Vie Jun 19 2015
    The UK Environment Agency (EA) will make its LiDAR data sets freely available to all users from September 2015. Until now the EA’s accurate elevation data covering approximately 60 per cent of England and Wales was only accessible to selected non-commercial entities. The LiDAR technique that is used for environmental and land-use modelling, flood monitoring, asset management and urban planning...
  • Resurs satellite (Image:ROSCOSMOS)
    Roscosmos to expand its satellite fleet Vie Jun 19 2015
    Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, is about to launch more satellites in order to create a new centre for global imaging that could enhance Earth remote sensing activities. The project includes setting in orbit various satellites between 2016 and 2025, so that the total fleet would increase to 20. The project will also count on the cooperation of the Research Centre for Earth Operative...
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly will post the winning picture of the month in Instagram from the ISS
    #whyspacematters: UNOOSA and NASA social media contest jue Jun 18 2015
    UNOOSA and NASA have launched a global social media campaign to raise awareness about the impact of the outer space on our daily lives and its importance for a sustainable development on Earth. The #whyspacematters photography contest aims to collect pictures showing why outer space matters to our everyday life. Astronaut Scott Kelly, stationed on the International Space Station for a one-year...

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