Space agencies from UAE and UK cooperate to develop mapping applications

Satellite image of UAE by DubaiSat-1 (Image: EIAST)

Deimos Space UK and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the UAE have joined in a year-long project to get more valuable data from their satellites DubaiSat and Deimos.

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Wed, 03/06/2015 - 14:51

First TechDemoSat-1 video released

TechDemoSat-1 View of Earth

On 8 July 2014, the UK’s TechDemoSat-1 (TDS-1) manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan began capturing video moments after its release from the Russian Soyuz -2 rocket.

The video captured by the platform's cameras is said to be the first by a wholly British made spacecraft incorporating low cost “off the shelf” components. SSTL envisions similar low cost cameras to be used monitoring mobile satellite systems and deployable structures on future satellites.

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Tue, 12/08/2014 - 16:03

Scotland could soon host first UK spaceport

Farnborough Air and Space Show 2014

Following the successful launch of the first ever Scottish made spacecraft UKube-1 this week in Kazakhstan, Ministers announced a plan to establish a UK spaceport by 2018 at the Farnborough Airshow. Spaceport facilities would primarily be used for satellite launches as well as attract private operators like Virgin Galactic and XCor and become of hub for space technology and tourism.  

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Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:27

IGAC: Technical Cooperation meeting on Disaster Monitoring Constellation

Birds eye view of London acquired by the UK-DMC-2 satellite in November 2011

The Research and Investigation Centre of Remote Sensing and Geographic Applications (CIAF) of UN-SPIDER's Colombian Regional Support Office IGAC, met with the UK-based private company Surrey Satellite Technology on 30 May 2014, to discuss technical issues related to Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and different applications that can be developed in the field of risk management and territorial organization. The meeting was organized jointly with the British Embassy in Colombia.


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Tue, 03/06/2014 - 11:49

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GNSS: UK drops efforts to patent satellite signals

The United States and United Kingdom announced on January 17, 2013 that the British government would end efforts to obtain patent or intellectual property (IP) rights related to GPS, as InsideGNSS reported.

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Fri, 18/01/2013 - 13:36

November 2011 Updates

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Wed, 21/12/2011



  • UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing

  • Second UN-SPIDER International Expert Meeting: Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency Response which took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 November 2011

  • UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to the Dominican Republic

  • UN-SPIDER’s RSO in the Islamic Republic of Iran supports APSCO Training Course

  • UN-SPIDER participated in SAFER EUAC meeting and final SAFER User Conference


UK takes the helm of international Charter

The UK has assumed leadership of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. The Charter is an agreement that coordinates space agencies worldwide in gathering vital satellite images of disaster-stricken regions - providing the images to civil protection authorities to inform their response efforts and save lives.

As Chair of the Charter, the UK Space Agency will take responsibility for implementing strategy and policy, and has committed to finding ways of widening national access to the Charter's services.

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Fri, 13/05/2011 - 16:47
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