China launches Yaogan VIII, Hope One
China successfully launched two of its satellites from the Tai-yuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province. “Yaogan VIII” remote sensing satellite and science researching mini-satellite, “Hope One” were put into the orbit by a Long March 4C carrier rocket.
DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 operational
WorldView-2, Digital Globe has achieved full operational capability. It offers eight multispectral bands, which provide more spectral information and allow for greater analysis capabilities, including improved feature identification and change detection.
ISRO to launch Cartosat-2B
According to ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, “ISRO is planning to launch Cartosat series ‘Cartosat-2B’ remote sensing satellite in March this year.” He added that the testing of cryogenic engine system for GSLV will be held soon. He added, “Cartosat-2B, offers -meter-resolution images – second in the world only to the Quickbird, which offers an incredibly close 60-centimeter resolution – all of them from a distance of 800 to 900 kilometres in space.” According to ISRO, Cartosat-2B will fulfil the military needs of accurate mapping of borders and Mountains in Kashmir Valley and help to monitor the terrorist infiltrations.
Sri Lanka initiates own Space Agency
The Sri Lankan government will soon establish a space agency. Although the prime motivation is to improve the nation’s telecommunication technology, it will also have a profound effect on ICT in general, and remote sensing and positioning in particular. Surrey Satellite Technology, UK has been contracted for the project.
U.S. to monitor monsoon trend
The U.S. has agreed to provide India with imagery from its satellites on weather patterns over the Indian Ocean and the subcontinent that will allow scientists to predict rainfall 15 days in advance. At present, Indian scientists can predict the monsoons only one-and-a half days in advance. It will also supply India a supercomputer that can analyse and interpret the satellite images. Unpredictable monsoons can cause losses of 1-1.5 per cent of Indian GDP. In absolute terms, this ranges between Rs 40,000 crore and Rs 75,000 crore. The fine print of the data sharing agreement was worked out recently at a meeting of a joint committee of scientists from the two countries.
ScanEx publishes maps of Haiti
ScanEx published detailed EROS-B image (0.7 m) of the Haiti capital area, damaged as a result of the destructive earthquakes, for free access using the GeoMixer API software interface.
Expanded support of the DiMAC Ultralight+ camera
Optech has expanded support of the DiMAC Ultralight+ 60 megapixel medium-format digital mapping camera. The new cameras will be fully supported by Optech Services, the 24/7 software and hardware support team.
FEMA’s flood maps put additional burden on house owners
Many homeowners in Southern California in USA are being forced to buy costly flood insurance because new maps issued by FEMA say that they live in a high-risk flood area. The new maps are part of a nationwide effort that FEMA began in 2003 to better identify properties that could flood in a so-called 100-year storm.