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Russian imaging satellite in orbit after Soyuz launch

Russia recently launched a civil remote sensing satellite aboard a Soyuz rocket, lofting a spacecraft with a modernized high-resolution digital camera to collect imagery of Earth for Russian government. The images will be used by emergency personnel, environmental scientists, urban planners and other officials, putting Russia in a league with commercial observation satellites owned by companies in the United States and Europe.

First images from space by Planet Labs

Planet Labs announced plans to launch the world’s largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to image the changing planet and provide open access to that information. They revealed the first images from their first two satellites. Its goal is to provide universal access to information about the changing planet. The company plans to achieve this by launching a fleet of Earth imaging satellites, called ‘Doves’, that when acting together can provide a new image of the planet at an unprecedented combination of resolution and frequency.

China completes satellite ground station network

A network of remote sensing satellite ground stations that covers all of China’s territory has been successfully constructed. The network comprises an operation and data processing center, and three ground stations in the cities of Beijing, Kashgar and Sanya.

Vietnam, Belgium hold talks on 2nd remote sensing satellite

The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology held discussions with Belgian partners about the second remote sensing satellite for Vietnam. The first one was successfully launched early last month. According to Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Belgian partners, including Spacebel, AMOS – Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems and QinetiQ Space, will support Vietnam in the first phase of designing, manufacturing and launching the VNREDSat-1B satellite.

Hyderabad, India to soon have a digital public database of roads

In a first of its kind initiative in Hyderabad, volunteers from the student chapter of ‘Engineers without Borders’, which is a non-profit society involving engineers and other professionals in the field of constructive change, have been roped in for the project on creating a digital map of all of the roads in the city. Around 15 volunteers have been visiting the area to be covered with printed maps and satellite images. Roads and landmarks are noted and then the data is scanned, digitized and added to the database. http://

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013 – 2018)

According to industry estimates, UAS operations will increase manifold in a variety of key military and civil areas. About 50 U.S. companies, universities, and government organizations in the U.S. are developing over 150 different unmanned aircraft designs. From an operational, infrastructure and safety perspective, this presents a number of challenges due to the diversity of aircraft, control stations, levels of autonomy, and communications methods. UAV’s width is of a wide spectrum of size, endurance, and performance characteristics, often different from manned aircraft. The global UAV market size can be expected to grow to $8,351.11 million by 2018. (HALE/MALE/SUAV) Market has the highest business potential throughout the study period. USA and Israel will be the maximum revenue generator, among the countries manufacturing UAV’s.

Kashmiri students in India develop UAV

Three engineering students from Kashmir have developed an UAV, which they claim is the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle made in the Valley. Brother-duo Shahnawaz Shafi(18) and Shuaib Shafi(21) and their classmate Basit zargar (18), all pursuing mechanical engineering from Kashmir Government Polytechnic College here recently demonstrated the UAV. The trio said they are working on the project to further enhance its range from the present 20 metre and improve its functionality. http://articles.

Boeing’s maritime drone to add Royal Navy’s intelligence

UK’s Ministry of Defence has purchased an unarmed ScanEagle UAV as a part of a £30m contract to boost surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of British warships. It is the first drone ever designed specifically for the purposes of maritime operations. The prototype was tested in 2002 and the aircraft has been used by several nations since.

Copters, UAVs to man skies in Indian metros

Seven metropolitan cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad will soon have individual air surveillance systems where helicopters with guntoting commandos, balloons fitted with cameras and sophisticated sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will keep round-the-clock vigil over the cities.

The system, which was successfully used in the Capital during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, will now be replicated in all these cities under the ‘Safe City Project’ of the home ministry. It will be a permanent feature in all the seven metropolitan cities, unlike the one used in Delhi only during the Games period. Funds will be used to procure modern equipment like GPS/GIS for dial 100 system and patrol cars, CCTV systems, vehicle scanners, vehicle number plate identification system, cyber patrol and communication monitoring system and integrated GIS-based automated vehicle tracking and management system. http://

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