A spy satellite for the Japanese government rode an H-2A rocket into orbit replenishing a fleet of secret spacecraft designed to keep track of missile development in North Korea. The secret satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., is circling Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of more than 300 miles. The spacecraft was a more than $500 million payload outfitted with an optical camera and telescope to supply imagery to the Japanese government for intelligence, defense and civilian remote sensing applications. The spacecraft will become an operational member of Japan’s optical spy satellite fleet.
SSTL plans to build radar satellites
Surrey Satellite Technologies (SSTL) will soon begin to develop a low-cost Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite system. The medium resolution (6-30 m ground sample distance) NovaSar-S satellite system would be developed in coordination with SSTL’s parent company Astrium. The satellite platform will be an adaptation of the company’s very-high-resolution imaging NigeriaSat-2 mission, which was launched earlier this year. The prime advantage of SAR over its traditional counterpart is that it can take images regardless of cloud cover and also during both day and night.
GeoEye has received two new awards worth more than $25 million. These awards will increase the backlog for the Company’s production services line of business. The first is a Delivery Order for “Enhanced GEOINT Delivery” for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). This Delivery Order is authorized under the EnhancedView award that GeoEye received from the NGA in August 2010. The second award is a subcontract with The Boeing Co. for Controlled Image Base production. The Boeing Co. contract provides products to the NGA. Under this subcontract, which was expected earlier in the year, the Company will provide highly precise imagery products from multiple satellite imagery sources, including imagery from GeoEye’s highresolution satellites.
Lockheed Martin Begins GeoEye-2 Satellite Integration
Lockheed Martin will soon begin integration of GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, with the planned delivery of its integrated propulsion system to Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, Calif. facilities later this month.
Iran to launch Zafar satellite in 2012
Iran will launch an advanced satellite, Zafar, in 2012. It aims to take high resolution wall maps and aerial photos of locations around the globe as seen from space, according to Hossein Bolandi, Head of Satellite Technical Support Department at Tehran’s University of Science and Technology.
DMCii signs contract to supply UKDMC2 imagery to Russia’s ScanEx
Remote sensing solutions provider DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) has agreed a 3-year agreement with Russia’s ScanEx Research and Development Center to provide rapid 22m data reception from the UK-DMC2 satellite to ScanEx ground stations in Russia and CIS countries. www.scanex.ru
First Turkish satellite begins image transmission
RASAT, Turkey’s first remote sensing satellite, begun to transmit its first photos to a Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) land station located in Ankara, Anatolia news agency reported. The satellite is the first national product in the field of space technology in Turkey and was produced by TÜBITAK with the sponsorship of the State Planning Organization (DPT).
DigitalGlobe has been awarded a oneyear contract at a funded level of $37.9 million by the U.S. Government via the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under the NGA’s new Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (EGD) program. This award advances the production capabilities of the company’s “Rapid Delivery of Online Geospatial Intelligence” (RDOG), a capability first pioneered jointly by DigitalGlobe and NGA in 2009, and which NGA has since used to develop imagery and map-based intelligence solutions for U.S. national defense, homeland security and safety of navigation in multiple geographic locations around the world.
Bhuvan, India’s answer to Google Earth, will now provide satellite data to the general public, reported Deccan Chronicle. Registered users will be able to, browse and download satellite data through the city-based National Remote Sensing Centre’s Open Earth Observation Data Archive. Bhuvan, which has many more features than the Google Earth, is run by ISRO which has thrown open some of the earth observation data obtained through its satellites.
CMPDI uses geospatial tech for site selection
Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) of India used satellite data and GIS for potential site selection for Thermal Power Station (TPS). Most of the TPS sites selected have been allotted to IPP for setting up the thermal power plants. High resolution satellite data in conjunction with collateral data integrated on GIS platform proved very useful in locating the sites for power stations.