China: Donation of BeiDou/COMPASS model

On the sidelines of the 55th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Chinese BeiDou/COMPASS satellite model was inaugurated on 8 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The model is donated by the People's Republic of China. This Chinese navigation satellite model will be added to the Exhibit of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs headquarters in the Vienna International Centre. The Beidou/COMPASS satellites are part of a Chinese satellite navigation system.


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Tue, 12/06/2012 - 15:14

DLR supports establishment of IWG-SEM

After the workshop the German Space Agency (DLR) has organized in September 2011, the Joint Research Centre (JCR) hosted a follow-up meeting in Ispra in April 2012, during which the International Working Group on Satellite Based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM) was officially established.  


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Fri, 08/06/2012 - 16:18

Remote parts of Congo may soon get mobile coverage

As a result of the international collaboration between Pan-African telecom provider RascomStar, Viasat and UK-based ip. access, remote parts of Congo and at least 10 other African countries may get mobile coverage by 2013. This initiative starts with the installation of 50 mini base stations around Congo in summer 2012.  


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Thu, 07/06/2012 - 11:14

International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The Training Course  on Small Satellite Missions will be held from 29 October to 9 November 2012 at the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehardun, followed by facility visits to the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru.

The objectives of the training are:

-To create awareness about small satellites, space technology, and its opportunities;

-To disseminate knowledge required for small satellites technology;

-To sensitize professionals in developing, launching and utilizing the benefits of small satellites and

Training Target Audience: 

Decision makers, senior space technologists, managers, researchers and professionals, academic institutions, space agencies and institutions responsible for regional capacity building in the use of space-based technology

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Tuition Remarks: 

Tuition includes course materials and local tours. Acommodation for the participants will be arranged in hostel at IIRS, Dehradun and hotel at Bengaluru. In addition, the participants will have to pay 1$ per day at Dehradun and 36$ per day at Bengaluru towards accommodation charges.

Fellowships for nationals of some countries are available.


29/10/2012 to 09/11/2012


Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehardun

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Event Organisers: 

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in the Asia and Pacific, affiliated to the United Nations (CSSTEAP).

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Envisat: ESA declares end of mission

On 8 April the ESA satellite Envisat stopped sending signals just weeks after its tenth year in orbit was celebrated. Over the past weeks ESA had attempted rigorously to reestablish communication and regain control over Enivsat. However all efforts seem to have been in vain - ESA officially declared the end of the mission on 9 May 2012. Envisat had already served twice as long as originally planned for.

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Thu, 10/05/2012 - 07:58

India successfully launches Radar Imaging Satellite

On 26 April 2012, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched their first indigenously built all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite, RISAT-1. RISAT-1, weighing 1,858 kg and being the heaviest satellite launched yet by the carrier PSLV, is an Active Microwave Remote Sensing Satellite carrying a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that will operate in the C-band. This means that RISAT-1 can send imagery of earth's surface at day and night and under any weather conditions.


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Wed, 02/05/2012 - 08:41

Envisat: Services interrupted

After just having celebrated its 10th anniversary of service on 1 March 2012, ESA's Envisat stopped sending data to earth. The last contact between the satellite and the ground station in Kiruna, Sweden was established on Sunday, ever since no data has been received. ESA’s mission control is working to re-establish contact with the satellite. Launched in 2002, Envisat has orbited Earth more than 50 000 times delivering thousands of images and other data used for example for climate change studies or natural disaster mitigation supporting more than 4000 projects in over 70 countries.

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Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:10

GeoEye-2: GeoEye's next generation

GeoEye's next-generation imaging system, GeoEye-2 has been delivered to its operator in California, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. GeoEye-2 will become operational in 2013 to produce high resolution and most accurate color imagery to GeoEye’s commercial, government and international customers. Its Exelis-built imaging equipment includes a telescope, sensor subsystem and outer barrel assembly. Furthermore GeoEye-2 has the potential to capture panchromatic ground sample distance imagery of the Earth's surface at 0.34m, or 13.38-inch, ground resolution.

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Wed, 11/04/2012 - 08:27

Keeping an eye – from the sky – on volcanoes

The ‘Monitoring Volcanoes’ article made reference to a study of over 440 active volcanoes in 16 developing countries which revealed most volcanoes around the world are not monitored effectively  or are not monitored at all:  384 volcanoes have rudimentary or no monitoring, out of which 65 volcanoes  pose a high risk to large populations.

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Wed, 28/03/2012 - 10:46

Satellites reveal thawing permafrost

Satellites like ESA's Envisat can see indications for thawing permafrost in land surfaces at northern latitudes. Thawing permafrost releases underground organic carbon into parts of the Arctic, thus accelerating the effects of climate change. Even though permafrost cannot be directly measured from space, satellite can pick up surface temperature, land cover and snow parameters, soil moisture and terrain changes that indicate changes to the permafrost.

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Tue, 27/03/2012 - 11:00


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