NASA -JAXA partnership
In a unique collaboration between national space agencies, the US and Japan began combining elements of their satellite resources to increase a critical type of Earth observation data. The partnership will more than double the quantity of this data that is used to explore earthquake hazards, forest declines, and changing water resources in the Americas. This new partnership between NASA and JAXA uses NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System to download observations over North and South America taken by instruments on JAXA’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite, or ALOS.
ISRO to launch Cartosat-2B
India will launch an advanced remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B – the high-resolution spacecraft, designed for an operational life of five years giving pictures of 0.8 metre resolution. In simple terms, the single panchromatic camera on board this cartographic satellite would be able to identify and take pictures of a moving car. The camera provides scene specific spot imageries for cartographic and a host of other civilian applications.
Press Trust of India
JAXA provides images of volcano
The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” shoots all-globe images every three days using its onboard supplement sensor “Cloud and Aerosol Imager, TANSO-CAI.” It took images of the fumes billowing over Iceland and other European countries, and of the major eruption. The British Government asked JAXA to provide observation data for verifying a prediction model, and, accordingly, JAXA started offering processed images taken by the IBUKI.
Constellation Management System
DigitalGlobe has contracted with Raytheon to provide a constellation collection management system. Using a strategic analysis of collection orders and other company priorities, the system will further optimise the use of DigitalGlobe’s constellation.
Archaeological discoveries in China
A team of Chinese archaeologists revealed findings dating back thousands of years after a successful expedition to one of China’s most intriguing and dangerous areas – Lop Nur, or Lop Lake also known as the Sea of Death. Remote sensing archaeology was used for the first time in the region to help with the investigation.
Singapore to have satellite in space
Singapore will have its first self-made satellite sent to the space in the middle of this year. The X-Sat, a 120 kg micro-satellite about the size of a refrigerator, will be launched from India. Singapore is believed to be the first Southeast Asian country that will have its own locally built satellite in space with the launch of the satellite. The X-Sat, expected to spend three years in orbit at a height of 800 km.
The Straits Time
Hazard mapping of coastline
India will initiate hazard mapping across its 7,500 km long coastline to study the impact of global warming and assist in protecting coastal communities and infrastructure. The study will be done in a span of two years using an aerial mapping system by the Survey of India through a World Bank-funded project Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).