Cities in Southeast Asia (SEA) are growing twice as fast as the rest of the world and by 2030, it is expected that 70 percent of SEA population will live in cities. Meeting the growing energy demands in these cities, and managing emissions sill aid both their environmental and economic health. Adopting green energy approaches while addressing growing infrastructure needs could place SEA cities at the forefrong of green growth worldwide. By improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions, cities not only help the global environment, but they also support local economic development through productivity gains, reduced pollution, and more efficient use of resources.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it has been chosen by China for the launch of three DMC-3 Earth observation satellites for China by the end of 2015. ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was chosen, given its strong track record of successful launches.
Skybox Imaging, a Silicon Valley-based commercial imaging startup, has successfully launched its first one-meter imaging and video capture satellite SkySat-1 with samples available on their website and via YouTube. The company has big plans to launch a constellation of satellites that will image the entire globe. The company had concurrent announcements this week about the construction of 13 satellites to be launched in 2015 and 2016, as well as the signing of an imagery distribution agreement with Geoimage for the Australasian region and Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines..
Journalists continue to embrace mapping and online technologeis to report local news to a global audience within context. The Ekuatorial site launches in Indonesia as a partnership with the Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists.
Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) is finishing up the final stage of development on its TeLEOS-1 earth observation satellite. The TeLEOS-1 will be launched in India in the fourth quarter of next year, aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The 400-kilogram satellite will offer high-resolution imagery via an electro-optical camera capable of one-metre ground resolution via an equatorial orbit with a revisit rate of 16 hours over the same point on the Earth.