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GeoWrap: Airbus delivers new life support system for the ISS; GovSat-1 satellite of Luxembourg goes operational and more

Airbus delivers new life support system for the ISS

Germany: Airbus has delivered the ACLS (Advanced Closed Loop System), an advanced life support system to purify air and produce oxygen for the International Space Station (ISS). The system also produces water, more or less as a by‑product of the technology. ACLS was developed by Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA) and is set to be used as a technology demonstrator on the ISS from summer 2018. The ACLS extracts a portion of the carbon dioxide in the cabin atmosphere…(Read More)

GovSat-1 satellite of Luxembourg goes operational

Luxembourg: GovSat-1 enters operational service today, to provide secure communications to governmental and institutional users. GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES. The satellite was launched into space on 31 January on board a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and has since undergone extensive testing. The multi-mission…(Read More) 

European Commission and Department of Space of India signed historic Cooperation Arrangement to share satellite EO data

India: To allow the benefits of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation and Monitoring programme and of the Indian fleet of remote sensing satellites to extend beyond the borders of the partners, in Bangalore, on 19 March, the European Commission and India’s Department of Space signed a landmark Cooperation Arrangement related to sharing of Earth observation satellite data. The Copernicus programme provides a wide range of applications, e.g. climate change, land, ocean and atmosphere…(Read More)

Power generation projects in China leverage Bentley’s comprehensive Modeling Environment for BIM

China: Over the past several years, Bentley’s multi-discipline comprehensive modelling environment has been used across China for the widest possible range of power generation projects including fossil fuels plants, nuclear power stations, hydropower plants, pumped storage facilities, and wind farms. Bentley solutions are enabling Chinese companies to achieve BIM best practices for projects large and small, integrating across the engineering disciplines from design through construction…(Read More)

AND provides MapFusion to Dutch government to enable autonomous driving

The Netherlands: AND is happy to announce a collaboration with Talking Maps, a pilot with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the province of Noord-Brabant and V-Tron. AND ensures that data collected by smart cameras in the vehicles of roadside inspectors automatically improves, updates and enriches map and location data via MapFusion. This collaboration starts with a pilot where the focus is on improving, updating and enriching HD Maps with road marking and traffic signs…(Read More)

Tersus David GNSS receiver available in 7 kits

US: Tersus GNSS is offering its Davis real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver with seven new base/rover kits. Tersus GNSS is a provider of centimetre-accuracy GNSS RTK solutions. The Tersus David GNSS receiver with its components create an affordable solution delivering high-precision signal reception, integrated in a small, and lightweight package.The David GNSS receiver supports GPS L1/L2, GLONASS G1/G2 and BeiDou B1/B2. With David, surveyors users can take full advantages…(Read More)

FARO introduces BuildIT Construction software platform for AEC professionals

US: FARO has announced the release of BuildIT Construction by FARO, a comprehensive verification software solution that enables confident management of all quality assurance and quality control processes throughout the building and facility lifecycle. For the first time, construction professionals are fully empowered to continuously monitor a project with real-time comparisons against CAD designs with complete 3D data from the FARO Focus Laser Scanner. FARO BuildIT Construction, with FARO 3D laser…(Read More)

Hemisphere GNSS announces new multi-GNSS smart antennas

US: Hemisphere GNSS announces the new single-frequency, multi-GNSS Vector V123 and V133 all-in-one smart antennas with integrated Atlas L-band designed for professional and commercial marine applications. Powered by Hemisphere’s Crescent Vector technology, the new V123 and V133 are multi-GNSS compass systems using GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS for simultaneous satellite tracking to offer heading, position, heave, pitch, and roll. With support for NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000…(Read More)


Orbital ATK to start manufacturing Landsat 9 as spacecraft passes critical design review

Orbital ATK will start manufacturing NASA’s Landsat 9 now after its comprehensive design for the satellite received a go-ahead last month. Besides design and manufacture, Orbital ATK will also integrate two science instruments on the spacecraft, support the launch, and help in early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory. The Landsat 9 spacecraft will be manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK’s Gilbert…(Read More)

Stocktaking overview of the G20 global agricultural monitoring initiative

The Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) was initially launched by the Group of Twenty (G20) Agriculture Ministers in Paris, June 2011 during the French G20 Presidency. The GEOGLAM Initiative forms part of the G20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility. GEOGLAM is a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Flagship Initiative and is managed by the GEOGLAM Secretariat at GEO Secretariat in Geneva, hosted by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization…(Read More)