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Mar 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – REMOTE SENSING

PCI Geomatics supports CARTOSAT-1 satellite data

PCI Geomatics announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Antrix Corporation Ltd. to develop an interface that integrates CARTOSAT-1 satellite data products in Geomatica, PCI Geomatics image-centric geospatial software. Antrix, a corporate arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), launched the CARTOSAT-1 satellite on May 5, 2005, to provide stereo data for advanced and large scale mapping applications.

Japan’s new satellite sends its fi rst image

Japan’s recently launched Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) has sent back its fi rst pictures of Earth – Mt Fuji and its surrounding towns. The satellite was launched on January 24, 2006, and it contains three onboard instruments for Earth observation. One instrument is called the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM). It’s capable of taking many 3-D images quickly and accurately.

ISRO to double remote sensing business

India has set a target to double its business in the global remote sensing space within three years, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G Madhavan Nair said recently. “My reading is that 15 per cent of the (remote sensing) market is with us now. We have got Resourcesat and Cartosat. We should be able to at least double this business within the next three years,” Madhavan Nair told newspersons recently. The size of the global remote sensing market is estimated to be 30-40 million US dollars. Nair also said that ISRO’s marketing arm Antrix Corporation has been growing by 25 per cent annually for the last two years.

China’s mapping satellite in 2008

China expects to launch its first surveying and mapping satellite in 2008, said Lu Xinshe, head of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. After long time preparation and science workers’ efforts, conditions are becoming ripe for the country to launch its independently developed high defi nition, stereoscopic mapping satellite. General design for the satellite has been completed and is now under discussion. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2008. cn/200602/27/eng2006022

NASA, University scientists uncover lost Maya ruins

Remains of the ancient Maya culture, mysteriously destroyed at the height of its reign in the ninth century, have been hidden in the rainforests of Central America for more than 1,000 years. Now, NASA and university scientists are using space- and aircraft-based “remotesensing” technology to uncover those ruins, using the chemical signature of the civilization’s ancient building materials.

Cardiff University honours Dr Kasturirangan

Dr K Kasturirangan, Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and former Chairman of ISRO, has become an Honorary Fellow of the Cardiff University, the United Kingdom. The Honorary Fellowship was conferred on him at the University’s graduation ceremony l at Cardiff, an ISRO statement said recently. The conferring of Honorary Fellowship on Dr Kasturirangan is an international recognition for his contribution to space, according to ISRO.

Double views from ERS mission adding depth to Canadian maps

Unique views of Earth afforded by a pioneering twin ESA radar satellite fl ight has brought an extra dimension to maps of Canada’s newest territory, the results winning praise from the Canadian government. Nunavut is the latest and also largest territory of Canada: located up in the frozen northeast, Nunavut has a population of only around 29 300 but an area the size of Western Europe. The Canadian government is currently refining and updating its geographic information for the entire country and Nunavut in particular, as a way of encouraging its development. For the latest of a series of projects charting this region, Vexcel Canada has completed an additional 21 digital elevation model (DEM) map sheets for the Canadian government agency charged with mapping the nation’s topography, or ‘lay of the land’: the Centre for Topographic Information Sherbrooke (CTIS). Vexcel Canada has now produced complete elevation data for 44 map sheets across Nunavut Territory, meeting stringent specifications from CTIS for Canadian Digital Elevation Data (CDED) of better than 7.5 m vertical accuracy at around 20 m postings. The project was completed under a demanding production schedule and resulted in high-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and high praise from the Canadian government. For each of the products completed for CTIS, Vexcel leveraged ERS tandem data and its own EarthView InSAR production software, customised to allow for such large area elevation mapping. The ERS data was provided
by ESA, while the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) gave support in scientifi c and technical testing, as well as methodological development towards producing the tailor-made InSAR DEM software.
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