Sunday, 01 March 2015

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 Bhubaneswar, Feb. 27, 2015 - Odisha has been awarded as leading geospatial State for 2014 for its marked achievements in the field of geospatial technology in the entire country. Read more in The New Indian Express

A Washington think tank has obtained what it said are exclusive satellite images showing that China’s land reclamation projects in the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) are on a much larger scale and are progressing at a much faster rate than was previously known. The US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has published some of the photographs on its Web site, but refuses to reveal who supplied them. Read more in the Taipei Times

Odia scientist Tapan Mishra has taken over as the Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Ahmedabad. Mishra, who was serving as Deputy Director of Microwave Remote Sensing Area of SAC, succeeded AS Kiran Kumar who is now chairman of ISRO. Read more via The New Indian Express

Every kid likes to draw. But in India, young people living in slums are using their sketching skills to spur urban change. As part of a broader civic campaign centered on "child clubs," groups of children are creating detailed "social maps" of their marginalized neighborhoods to voice their concerns about public space. Read more via City Lab

State governments should focus on acquiring information technologies that could be used by multiple departments rather than standalone ones, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, R S Sharma said, addressing a gathering at India Geospatial Forum 2015. Read more via The Economic Times

The Indian Space Research Organisation will be launching a satellite for Google’s Sky Box Imaging for GPS maps this year from its spaceport at Sriharikota. This will be the first US satellite to be launched by Isro. Read more via The Asian Age

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) finished a two-day drill on Friday, testing application of China's independently developed global satellite navigation system in combat in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The military used the Beidou Navigation Satellite System for precise positioning and navigating, real-time location reporting and data transmission over long distances, according to a news release from the PLA General Staff Headquarters. Read more via China Daily 

A new contract between Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Opus International Consultants will safeguard New Zealanders’ ability to use historic aerial imagery. “Historic aerial imagery has many uses – such as showing changes in land use, identifying where dangerous chemicals were used, showing coastline changes, and archaeology and cultural research,” says LINZ Senior Technical Leader Bjorn Johns. Read more via Scoop

IRNSS 1D is the fourth in the series of seven satellites, the national space agency is planning to launch to put in place the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). While four satellites would be sufficient to start operations of the system, the remaining three satellites would make it more accurate and efficient. The other launches also relate to the IRNSS series with the IRNSS1E and IRNSS1-F satellites to be launched before the year end. Read more via Indian Express

China's independently developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System has taken a huge step toward going global as the International Maritime Organization approved its use in operations at sea. The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee reviewed and passed a key document known as a commitment letter for the Beidou system during its 94th session in London Nov 17-21. Read more in China Daily

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and a GLONASS-K new-generation navigation satellite has been launched from the Plesetsk space center. The separation of the GLONASS-K satellite from the Fregat upper stage is expected to take place at 04:25 a.m. Moscow Time. Read more via ITAR TASS

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