Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan agreed to establish a common navigation space, a Russian high official said at the Navitech-2014 forum on April 23. "The creation of common navigation space between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus is among our top priorities. Appropriate agreements have been already signed," Kremlin administration head Sergei Ivanov said. Russia intends to expand international cooperation in satellite navigation. Read More

Neighbourhood Trees Campaign was launched on International Mother Earth Day by the India Biodiversity Portal on 22 April 2014. The Campaign will be organized from 22 April to 27 April 2014. It is a unique citizen science project that aims to document tree species across the country through crowd sourcing. The Crowd sourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of online community. Read More

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Sydney would get a second airport at Badgerys Creek. It's estimated that the new airport will cost somewhere around $2.5 billion, the majority of which is to come from the private sector. Mr Abbott wants to be known as the infrastructure prime minister and has made it very clear he thinks Australian cities lack the infrastructure necessary for the economy to expand. Read More

Since its launch on April 20, 2011, the X-SAT has travelled 700 million km while orbiting Earth more than 15,000 times. It has survived hazardous radiation, solar storms and more than 30 near-collisions with debris. But its grand tour is far from over. Read More

The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) is vetting a proposal to prepare a three-dimensional Geographical Information System (GIS)-aided map of the pipelines in the city’s distribution system. The GIS-aided maps would help the KWA to get a correct picture of the distribution lines that criss-cross the city. KWA sources told The Hindu that the facility would also help in tracing any defect, leakage or any other disorder in water and sewage lines. Read More

The Marianas Visitor Authority (MVA)is encouraging all government departments and agencies to “spruce up” public areas, especially tourists destinations, because Google Earth representatives are arriving next month. In his memorandum to all government departments and agencies, MVA Managing Director Perry P. Tenorio said Google Earth is sending its special Street View filming team sometime in May. The team will film a number of the CNMI’s tourist attractions, businesses, historic sites and Saipan’s “general street-side scenes. Read More

Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) has resumed normal operations after suffering an outage earlier this month caused by a malfunctioning satellite, the leading research institute of the Russian Space Agency said Tuesday. “The GLONASS orbital group is now fully operational,” the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) said in a statement. Read More

Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China. Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland. The new base - on Yonaguni island - is located just 150km (90 miles) from the Japanese-held Senkaku island group, claimed by China as the Diaoyu islands. Read More

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is expected to become operational in less than a year from now. On 4th April 2014, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched the second satellite of this system, the IRNSS-1B, by using one of its most time-tested launch vehicle, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C24). This was PSLV’s 25th successive successful flight. The IRNSS will constitute of seven satellites. However, to make the system operational, four satellites are enough. The first IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013. With two more satellites proposed to be launched during the later part of this year, the system can be expected to be operational by the end of this year or early next year. Read More

Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) chairman Oommen V Oommen on Thursday has denied any hidden agenda behind the move to prepare cadastral map of the 123 villages mentioned in the Kasturirangan Report and said the exercise is to bring more authenticity to the villages exempted from the ESA zone. Dismissing charges that the move to prepare the new map was to sabotage the draft notification of the Kasturirangan committee, he said the new map would help to pin point the land of each owner in the map. Read More

The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here. Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddinis Hussein has already pointed to the need for surveillance improvements and a review of the ground-based air radar capabilities following the aircraft’s disappearance. Read More

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