New technology for maintenance and de-orbiting of satellites

Astrium is preparing a new technology mission for the maintenance and disposal of satellites. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Space Administration announced that Astrium (Friedrichshafen) will be prime contractor for the definition phase of the DEOS (German orbital servicing mission) project. The DEOS project will for the first time demonstrate technologies for the controlled in-orbit disposal of a defective satellite. The definition phase is the last, decisive step before construction begins on the space vehicles themselves.


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Fri, 21/09/2012 - 11:00

Azerbaijan creates a satellite system of earthquake prediction

The Institute of Cybernetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan intends to create a system of forecasting the earthquake sources. Institute’s head Telman Aliyev says that in the last two years it has been established five seismic telemetry stations for forecasting earthquakes.


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Wed, 19/09/2012 - 14:12

The 33rd Asian Conference On Remote Sensing

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The 33rd Asian Conference On Remote Sensing is joint organized by ?The Conference is jointly organized by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and AARS. The conference focuses on several aspects of remote sensing for instance algorithm, image processing, GIS, disaster and natural resoures. Two concurrent activities: WEBCON2 and Summer School, are also mentioned as parts of program.


26/11/2012 to 30/11/2012

Registration Deadline: 

Fri, 26/10/2012


Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel

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Event Organisers: 

Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS)
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization)
Ministry of Science and Technology

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First Images from SPOT 6 Satellite

Astrium Services has posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite. SPOT 6 will assure continuity of data from the series of satellites operating since 1986, along with many technological innovations. Its unique responsiveness and acquisition capacity are set to benefit a broad spectrum of operational applications. These first images present very varied landscapes, highlighting SPOT 6’s potential for applications like urban and natural resource mapping or agricultural and environmental monitoring.

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Mon, 17/09/2012 - 11:26

NASA satellites show "hot towers" of Hurricane Isaac

Two hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall on 28 August 2012, a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above the storm used a radar instrument to map its inner structure. The instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observed two extremely tall complexes of thunderheads called hot towers in the eyewall, a sign that the storm was strengthening.

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Mon, 17/09/2012 - 11:10

Astrium's SPOT 6 ready for launch

Astrium's SPOT 6 hi-resolution Earth observation satellite will be launched on Sunday 9 September 2012 at 05:21 (BST, 09:51 local time) from Sriharikota in India. SPOT 6 has a 60-km swath and will deliver imagery products with a resolution down to 1.5 metres. The satellite will stay on orbit for 10 years. Like its SPOT 7 twin SPOT 6 is designed and built in Toulouse by Astrium Satellites. Both satellites will be operated by Astrium Services, alongside the two Pléiades satellites which are on the same orbit.

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Fri, 07/09/2012 - 15:25

MetOp-B satellite to be launched

The European operational polar orbiting weather satellite MetOp-B will be launched on 17th September 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz launcher will place the 4.1 tonne satellite in polar orbit in an altitude of 817 km. Preparations had been put on hold in May due to outstanding issues over the Soyuz drop-zone, but got back under way in July.

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Thu, 06/09/2012 - 17:29

ESA provides free Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility (HMA) manual

ESA offers, freely downloadable from its website, the Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility (HMA) manual that provides a high level view on the results of several years of harmonisation and standardisation work in the critical area of ground segment interoperability of Earth Observation (EO) satellite missions.

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Wed, 05/09/2012 - 15:56

ADRC: Booklet on space-based information for Tsunami Assessment

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office located in Japan, ADRC (Asian Disaster Reduction Centre), is in the process of producing the booklet "Considerations for effective use of space-based information to assess Tsunami impacts - Lessons learned from the recent Tsunami in Japan". This publication is realized in cooperation with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). The booklet will be of great value for other nations' disaster preparedness efforts by providing lessons learnt on the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunami.

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Mon, 03/09/2012 - 10:17

Satellite Industry partners up with militaries in the Pacfic

Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the international non-profit association of the satellite industry, collaborated with Pacific-Area militaries to conduct an international training to improve disaster preparedness. The program certified military personnel from more than 12 nations as installers of VSAT-based satellite communications systems. The Pacific militaries that participated in the training can not only leverage the capabilities of their GVF-Certified personnel during future disasters, but the stage is also set for further preparedness measures.

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Thu, 23/08/2012 - 09:30


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