Extended CAD & GIS Data support in ERDAS APOLLO
ERDAS released ERDAS APOLLO Feature Interoperability, a new product extending ERDAS APOLLO’s native vector support by adding support for additional CAD and GIS formats and tools. It provides access to GIS data formats, including a DGN Connector to ERDAS APOLLO that enables direct access to MicroStation’s DGN v7 and v8 format files via web services.
Joint satellite launch mooted
South Africa, India and Brazil have agreed to jointly develop a satellite to be launched into orbit for purposes of detecting natural disasters and for scientific research. They will benefit IBSA countries as well as other friendly nations.
Mapping Brunei’s terrain in 3D
The Survey Department is in the process of mapping out Brunei’s entire terrain in 3D. The department was using Lidar to map out the terrain to an accuracy of 15cm. Some projects that the department is carrying out include underground utility mapping and Brunei Darussalam Spatial Data Infrastructure which aims to have all information available on the Internet.
The Brunei Times
Aerial mapping in North Sri Lanka
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to assist Sri Lanka’s Survey Department to update and prepare topographic maps with GIS to the national standards, using aerial photography. The available maps for the Northern Province are decades old, and could not be updated due to security conditions during the conflict.
Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the Loop Current
Scientists monitoring the US oil spill with ESA’s Envisat radar satellite say that it has entered the Loop Current, a powerful conveyor belt that flows clockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida. The Loop Current joins the Gulf Stream — the northern hemisphere’s most important ocean-current system — sparking fears that oil could enter this system and be carried up to the US East Coast.
Space technology project for disaster
An emergency management platform, GEO-PICTURES will be developed in Oslo with several partners, and form a seamless solution hosted by United Nations (UNOSAT-UNITAR) on the CERN campus in Geneva. This project is lead by AnsuR Technologies AS of Norway and co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework programme. It is targeted to mitigate disaster effects on environment. It would be the combination of state-of-theart in satellite communication, navigation and earth observation.
China, Brazil ink MoU on satellite data sharing
China and Brazil signed an MoU which gives both countries direct access to data from the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite Program (CBERS). It is a jointly operated remote sensing system for agriculture, meteorology and the environment.
Launch of PSLV-C15 rescheduled
The launch of ISRO`s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) has been rescheduled. A marginal drop in the pressure in second stage of the vehicle was noticed during the mandatory checks carried out on the PSLV-C15 vehicle. The new date for the launch of PSLV-C15 mission will be decided after preliminary results of the analysis are obtained. PSLV-C15 is planned to launch India`s Cartosat-2B, an Algerian satellite ALSAT- 2A, two nano satellites NLS 6.1 and NLS 6.2 from University of Toronto, Canada and STUDSAT, a satellite built by students from academic institutions in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.