China to promote drones for marine surveillance
China will promote the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to strengthen the nation’s marine surveillance, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said. The SOA verified and accepted a pilot program of using drones to undertake remote-sensing marine surveillance in Lianyungang, a costal city in eastern Jiangsu Province. With the experience learned from the pilot program, the SOA would try to form a managerial system and technical regulations in a bid to set up UAV surveillance and monitoring bases in provinces along China’s coastline by 2015.
PSLV orbits commercial remote sensing satellite
An Indian launcher lifted off and placed France’s Spot 6 commercial Earth imaging satellite and a Japanese secondary payload into orbit 400 miles high on September 9, 2012. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off at 0423 GMT (12:23 a.m. EDT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, India’s primary launch site on the country’s east coast about 50 miles north of Chennai. The rocket also orbited the student-built Proiteres microsatellite for the Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan. The 1,569-pound Spot 6 satellite will collect high-resolution imagery, resolving objects as small as 1.5 meters, or about 4.9 feet. The launch marked India’s 100th space mission, including indigenous rockets and Indian-built satellites.
First Images from SPOT 6 Satellite
Astrium Services has posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite, just 3 days after its launch on 9 September. 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.
US Dept of Justice seeks detail of DigitalGlobe merger
DigitalGlobe said that the Department of Justice, US, is seeking further information about its planned acquisition of GeoEye.
The Department of Justice has sent two requests to DigitalGlobe for information about the deal, which the company says are a standard part of the regulatory process. Their requests extend the waiting period under certain antitrust laws that prohibit the deal from closing until the information is provided by the company, or until the federal government lifts the waiting period.
Charter offers ‘Universal Access’ to satellite data
The international space organisation that makes timely satellite data available to rescue authorities is now offering ‘Universal Access’ to the data for emergency response purposes, strengthening its contribution to disaster management worldwide. Founded by ESA and the French and Canadian space agencies, the Charter is an international collaboration between the owners and operators of Earth observation missions. It provides rapid access to satellite data to help disaster management authorities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
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