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Top Stories   |   Headlines   |   Article   |   Blog Buster   |   Events 30th August 2010 Vol 6 Issue 35


My have you grown!
In 1969, a magazine named Science Today carried a special on the Indian space programme which was then taking baby steps. One article by an eminent Indian-American engineer elaborated upon how India could never aspire to become a space power as its engineering education system lacked strength in the key areas of control systems. In spite of such doomsday analysis, the programme has gone from strength to strength and our two top stories are relevant in this context. India has recently held Space Expo for the second time and Arianespace, which once launched Indian satellites, is now ready to market ISRO’s PSLV which is one of the most reliable launcher in its class. ISRO's relations with Arianespace dates back to the second experimental launch of Ariane 1 which carried India’s first experimental communications satellite, APPLE for free. Arianespace wanted a live payload and ISRO needed a launch to test its first satellite. Such win-win cooperative agreements are key to the development of technology. India’s first few remote sensing satellites were launched from the erstwhile Soviet Union till the PSLV was developed; and its communications satellites were launched from the US and later Arianspace till the GSLV launcher was developed. Today, India is a recognised space power. Its constellation of remote sensing satellites is unique and serves a range of applications from meteorology to land records. It is now time for India to share and help other budding space efforts.

Prof Arup Dasgupta

 Top Stories

Space Expo showcases India's prowess

A three-day international conference cum exhibition on space business – Bengaluru Space Expo 2010, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), showcased India’s prowess in space. It also underlined the importance of...

Arianespace to market ISRO rocket

Arianespace has offered to promote Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in the multi-billion-dollar satellite-launch market. The European firm plans to market PSLV for commercial launch of satellites as part of its...

Global Citizen Award for Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond, founder and President of ESRI, has been named as the recipient of GSDI Association’s Global Citizen Award. The award will be presented on the opening day of the GSDI 12 World Conference to be held in Singapore....

 Global Headlines


China launches 'Mapping Satellite-I'
IIRS to study 14 major river basins
Google responds to notice from GoI
Indian Railway Ministry says yes to GPS
Sri Lanka rolls out nationwide digital mapping


Geo-Ghana Project aims nationwide mapping
New constituencies in Kenya to be identified
African scientists develop UAV for surveying


Canadian PM supports GenNext RS satellites
Individual privacy at stake
GeoEye amongst ‘100 Fastest-Growing Companies’
NASA developing automatic landing system
Google the ‘sole-source’ for the NGA’s project

Australia & Oceania

Innovative fire prevention system in Australia

Education, Training and Events

Need to blend free satellite images with paid ones
Trimble joins Geospatial World Forum as corporate partner

New Products, Updates, Releases

Urban Disaster Prevention Spatial System for Taiwan
MapmyIndia releases ‘India’s first house address maps’
Three new products in Bentley’s OpenPlant software

Appointments, Acquisitions and Contracts

S Subba Rao is Surveyor General of India
OGC appoints Interoperability Certification Director
NAVTEQ acquires Argentina-based NAVKEY
Pictometry Business Solutions gets new President

 Image of the Week

 Virtual Brisbane


Deepwater oil spill: Stretching the possibilities
Dawn Forsythe
Communications Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coast Survey, USA

 Blog Buster

Infographic: Google’s Acquisition Map
Here is a great Infographic that maps out most of Google acquisitions since they started buying companies back in 2001. Interestingly, Google CEO Eric Schmidt mentioned earlier this year that they were back on the hunt and ramping up acquisitions to just over one per week.
Using Digital Maps in Video
One often used technique used in video identify a place or region within a wider area is to zoom in on a map. However, what will often happen is that as the image enlarges, the place-markers and names become blurry.
Mapping penguin colonies from space
Penguin poo, or 'guano', can provide scientists with a wealth of information, especially when viewed from space. For example, using high resolution satellite images, the spatial extent of a penguin colony..


G-Spatial Expo
19 - 21 September 2010

Cologne, Germany
5 - 7 October 2010

Trimble Dimensions 2010 – Converge. Connect. Collaborate
Las Vegas, USA
8 - 10 November 2010

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