SPACEBEL Signs Contract for Vietnam Earth Observation Satellite

SPACEBEL will sign a contract with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) for the production of an Earth observation mini-satellite to be launched in 2017. After several years of negotiations, the SPACEBEL consortium was selected in July of 2011 on the basis of their technical proposal and also due to the continuous support of the Belgian Government, both at the Federal and regional levels.

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Fri, 23/03/2012 - 14:17

Expert proposes better use of satellites for disaster management

Japan: Norihiro Sakamoto proposed a plan to make better use of existing satellites so that they could make quicker tsunami forecasts. This would involve using a quasi-zenith satellite system, whereby a satellite is always located near Japan's zenith, so that there is a continuous link with offshore tsunami observation devices.

Norihiro Sakamoto, the former head of technology at the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies, currently serves as a researcher for the Tokyo Foundation and has been advocating development of a "real-time warning system" for tsunami.


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Tue, 07/02/2012 - 15:16

SumbandilaSat beyond repair

South Africa’s second satellite, SumbandilaSat, is no longer fulfilling its main purpose due to technical problems and is essentially beyond repair, its maker SunSpace says. Ron Olivier, head of Business Development at SunSpace, told defenceWeb that although contact can still be made with the satellite, it cannot capture images and is thus “not fulfilling its main purpose”. He said that chances of repairing the satellite are virtually zero and that SunSpace has moved on to other projects.


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Tue, 31/01/2012 - 16:18

Ziyuan III satellite sends back images

The Ziyuan III satellite has sent back its first set of visual data days after the orbiter was successfully launched on January 9 to produce high-resolution imagery for civilian use.

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Tue, 17/01/2012 - 16:00

Satellites improve disaster monitoring efficiency in China

Two small disaster monitoring satellites, launched in 2008, have allowed China to more rapidly monitor natural disasters with greater range, said the National Commission for Disaster Reduction Tuesday. Since the two satellites were put into operation in November 2008, they have provided government agencies with disaster information three to six times faster than previously, said a statement from the commission office. In addition, the monitoring range has been expanded ten times beyond the previous range, the statement said.

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Mon, 12/09/2011 - 11:34

Aiming to be Asian standard / Govt seeks to boost economy through Japanese GPS satellite system

Japan's plan to launch six or seven positioning satellites is a 200 billion yen project meant to boost the Japanese economy through its joint implementation by both the public and private sectors. Scheduled to include satellites of the same type as the recently launched quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki, the network's high accuracy also will help Japanese companies expand overseas if the system becomes the standard infrastructure for the Asia-Pacific region.


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Mon, 10/01/2011 - 17:41

Use satellites to know your snow

Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA’s GlobSnow project soon after it snows. Understanding snow conditions helps us to predict floods and advance climate studies. Seasonal changes in snow cover mostly occur in the northern hemisphere. The one-year, near-real time demonstration service makes information about snow cover and snow amount publicly available online on the GlobSnow website.


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Fri, 05/11/2010 - 18:23

ASEAN+3 Satellite Image Archive for Environmental Study (ASIAES)

The ASEAN+3 Satellite Image Archive for Environmental Study is a project, which allows to share satellite archives for natural hazard management and environmental study among the ASEAN+3 member countries.

Members of the ASEAN+3 are countries in South East Asia, China, Japan, and Korea.




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NASA's QuikScat and Aqua Providing Important Data on Tropical Storm Anja

Anja has continued to weaken over the last 24 hours, and NASA's QuikScat satellite has confirmed that the once mighty Category 4 Cyclone is now a tropical storm in the southern Indian Ocean. Two instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite have also helped forecasters determine Anja's location and change of shape.

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Thu, 19/11/2009 - 11:35

Ground receiving station to monitor disaster

Bidding for the construction of two ground receiver stations will be opened soon by Kamal Ewida Earth Observatory, quoted Mail & Guardian.

Kamal Ewida Earth Observatory, currently seeking a site in Egypt, is a joint project by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences.


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Thu, 03/09/2009 - 17:55


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