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US expresses concern over satellite-killing test by China

The USA, Australia and Canada have voiced concerns to China over the fi rst known satellite-killing test in space in more than 20 years. The capability demonstrated by China was no surprise to the Bush administration, which revised U.S. national space policy in October to assert a right to deny space access to anyone hostile to US Interests. The US has been researching satellitekillers of its own, experimenting with lasers on the ground that could disable, disrupt and destroy spacecraft.

Cartosat-2 beams first images

The first imagery from the panchromatic camera on board India’s latest remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2 covered a length of 240 km from Paonta Sahib in Shivalik region to Delhi, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. “Another set of imagery of about 50 km length covered Radha Nagari to Sagoan in Goa before the satellite passed over the Arabian sea. The camera was switched on at 10.05 am through a series of commands issued from the spacecraft control centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore.

Thailand’s fi rst Earth observation satellite to be launched

Thailand’s fi rst Earth observation satellite, called THEOS, is being readied for launching into orbit in October this year, said Science and Technology Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong. The THEOS project represents a co-operation of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the contracted French company EADS Astrium.

2.5 meter resolution imagery for Google Earth

Spot Image has entered into an agreement with Google to improve the available resolution of Google Earth products. It will provide Google Earth with 2.5 meter resolution imagery taken from the SPOT5 satellite. Users will be able to see new high resolution satellite images on Google Earth for France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain and Portugal etc.

GeoEye’s next-generation satellite reaches major milestone

GeoEye, the commercial satellite imaging company, has announced the delivery of the camera for its next-generation commercial imaging satellite to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Gilbert, Arizona for integration into the GeoEye-1 satellite. GeoEye-1 will be the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. ITT (Rochester, New York) built the sensor, optical telescope assembly, detectors and focal plane assembly, and the highspeed digital processing electronics. It is the most important component of GeoEye-1. The satellite is anticipated to collect more than 700,000 square kilometers of high-resolution imagery every day.

DigitalGlobe partners with Lowrance

DigitalGlobe is partnering with Lowrance, a brand in marine electronics since 1957, and GPS navigational systems since 1992. Under terms of the partnership it will provide satellite imagery for the Lowrance iWAY 600C portable navigation device (PND). It will be the fi rst portable navigation device to give drivers unparalleled access to high resolution commercial imaging system.

ISRO scientists to begin radar mapping of ancient university

Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have been asked to help explore ruins in and around the ancient Nalanda University in the state of Bihar, India. P.K. Mishra, Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Patna circle, said the radar mapping would help to explore the ruins for further excavation.

Terrorists using Google map to hit UK troops

British army intelligence sources have said that terrorists attacking British bases in Basra, Iraq, were using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth to pin point their attacks. Documents seized during raids on the homes of insurgents uncovered print outs from photographs taken from Google. The satellite images show in detail the buildings inside the bases and vulnerable areas such as tented accommodation, lavatory blocks and where lightly armoured Land Rovers are parked. Written on the back of one set of photographs taken of the Shatt al Arab Hotel, headquarters for 1,000 men of the Staffordshire Regiment battle group, officers found the camp’s precise longitude and latitude.

China to launch 6 geographical survey satellites

The China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CCRSDA) will launch six geographical survey satellites in five years. The center will also establish a high-resolution land observation project and build a data center for the satellites. The CCRSDA completed China’s first application system for resources satellites in August 1999 followed by launch of CBERS-1, the first in a series of earth resources satellites,two months later. Data from the satellites has been used in agriculture,forestry, city planning, environmental protection and disaster monitoring.

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