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ISRO to develop Indian satellite security cover

ISRO will develop its own version of the US GPS and Russian Glonass system, albeit with a limited, regional capability, with the added advantage of providing the country’s defence establishment round-the-clock security cover. The constellation of seven satellites will keep an eye on a wide swath of territory – 2,000km – in and around the Indian sub-continent. According to ISRO chief, G Madhavan Nair, the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) was being developed “considering security related issues”.

Expert moots GPS mantra to tackle Maoist terror

Concerned over the escalating Maoist attacks in the state of Orissa in India, an IT expert has prepared a system to track rebel activities in remote areas, using GPS. Tripathy, who was also member of the team that provided GPS tracking system to Mumbai police, urged the state government to upgrade their system with this foolproof technology.

Satellite technology to locate and control weeds

Queensland scientists are using satellite technology to pinpoint the locations of some of the most invasive weeds. Biosecurity Queensland and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) are working together to map some of the state’s worst weeds to further improve control efforts. The QuickBird satellite image with its high resolution used in the project can detect objects on the ground as small as individual trees. The technology gives accurate coordinates of likely weed infestations which allows the project team to find the weeds using GPS.

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