National Remote Sensing Centre of India will set up a remote sensing ground station in the continent of Antarctica. Once the Antarctica ground station is operational, it will boost the remote sensing data transmitted by Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites. The data will be helpful during natural calamities like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, besides providing regular data terrain. According to NRSC sources, the proposed ground station in Antarctica will receive data around 10 to 12 orbits per day from different IRS satellites.
Vietnam will buy a pair of Japanesedesigned Earth observing radar satellites under a just-finalized deal representing Japan’s first export of a remote sensing satellite system. The satellites will be based on Japan’s new ASNARO — Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation — remote sensing platform, whose development was spurred by a shift in government space policy that places more emphasis on practical and commercial applications.
China has successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XII recently.It will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources, estimate crop yield and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention.
Satellite project prompts new Israel-Turkey crisis
Israel is trying to persuade Turkey not sell satellite images of its territory to Palestinians or other countries which could germinate new crisis between the nations. According to a report, Turkey’s Göktürk electro-optical satellite project will enable the country to acquire high-resolution images for military intelligence in Europe, the Caucasus and the Middle East and help it fight Kurdish rebels.
Malaysian RS satellite is off target
Malaysia’s Auditor-General reported that the RazakSAT, a Malaysian remote sensing satellite, is offtarget. The satellite, worth MYR 142million (MYR: Malaysian Ringgit), was supposed to image Sungai Buloh and Subang but it deviated 37 km from its original target.According to the report, the Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM) had made the corrections by Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB), RazakSAT’s developer. But, it was not visible in the review performed on December 31, 2010.