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Satellite built by Indian university to be launched in ISRO’s next flight

For the first time in the history of Indian space research, a satellite developed by a university in India will be launched by Indian Space Research Institute (ISRO) during the next flight of the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) in March-April this year. It will carry a small remote sensing satellite – Anusat, developed and fabricated by Chennai-based Anna University.

GeoEye starts commercial ops for GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite

GeoEye has started commercial operations for its new GeoEye-1 Earthimaging satellite. The Company is also submitting imagery to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for their certification under the terms of the NextView contract.

Iran launches 1st satellite with own rocket

Iran has recently launched its first satellite, Omid into orbit using a modified homemade long-range missile. It is a small communications satellite designed to circle the Earth 15 times every 24 hours and carries experimental control systems, communications equipment, and a small remote sensing payload. It has two frequency bands and eight antennas for transmitting data.

Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 Satellite Collision

On February 10 at approximately 1656 GMT, the Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 communications satellites collided over northern Siberia. The impact between the Iridium Satellite LLC-owned satellite and the 16-year-old satellite launched by the Russian government occurred at a closing speed of well over 15,000 mph at approximately 490 miles above the face of the Earth. The low-earth orbit (LEO) location of the collision contains many other active satellites that could be at risk from the resulting orbital

Mumbai civic body in India to take up aerial mapping

The BMC has obtained permission from Ministry of Defence to carry out low-lying aerial photography required for contour mapping. Claimed to be a first of its kind initiative (first municipal corporation in Asia), civic officials will travel on a private helicopter to capture vital locations and flood-prone areas on a camera. MWH from Mumbai and ORG from Gurgaon has been appointed to carry out the exercise

New flood alert system in India’s North East region

A new flood monitoring system will come up along the Brahmaputra basin in the North-Eastern part of India. The project shall be executed by the Punebased CDAC, aims at a new objectoriented strategy to attempt “near-real time” flood monitoring in the Brahmaputra basin with the help of microwave remote sensing system that can penetrate clouds.

StereoMirror(TM) 3D/Stereoscopic Display by Planar

Planar Systems has announced new entrylevel version of its StereoMirror(TM) 3D/stereoscopic display. The SD1710 makes it possible for larger audiences to deploy 3D monitors and for less frequent users of stereoscopic applications to benefit from the capabilities of this technology.

NRL’s Rampant Lion II survey builds on success of Rampant Lion I

After the success of Rampant Lion I, scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory and the USGS have completed Rampant Lion II, a geophysical and remote sensing survey of Afghanistan.

China plans to launch 3rd ocean survey satellite in 2010

China plans to launch Haiyang-2A, 3rd ocean survey satellite in 2010. It will be used to monitor ocean wind fields, sea levels and temperatures.

China’s remote sensing map on wetland distribution completed

The first nationwide remote sensing mapping of wetland distribution of China was completed recently. The news came on Feb. 19 as research from the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science attached to Beijing Normal University showed there were 308,000 square kilometers of wetlands in China in 2000, 50,800 square kilometers less than that in 1990. Wetlands, known as the “kidneys of the earth,” are the ecosystem with the richest natural biodiversity on Earth.

JU Starts Masters in Remote Sensing

The University of Jammu in India has commenced a new Masters degree course in Remote Sensing and GIS from the current academic session 2008- 10, according to a varsity spokesman.‘’Remote Sensing and GIS programme will help to master advanced techniques in remote sensing and GIS, strengthen problem solving skills in Remote Sensing and GIS,’’ the spokesman said, adding the University of Jammu is the only varsity in northern India to have this course at Master’s level.

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