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GeoWrap: China to launch its Reusable Launch Vehicle in 2020; Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic and more

China is set to launch its Reusable Launch Vehicle in 2020

RLVChina: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) are teaming with various research institutes to develop a reusable launch vehicle and to launch it in 2020. The reusable launch vehicle would be able to carry heavy payloads into orbit, return to the earth and be reused multiple times, said Chen Hongbo, director of the research and development center at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology at CASC. Chen said this indigenous-made reusable launch vehicle combines… (Read More)

Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has announced to invest $1 billion in billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic. The announcement was made on the sidelines of an investment summit in Riyadh and it comes a month after the Virgin Group founder said he would invest in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi islands into luxury tourism destinations. Branson said “This investment will enable us to develop the next generation… (Read More)

Maxar Technologies’ (MDA) net earnings surge to $14.9 million in third quarter

Canada: Maxar Technologies, which formerly known as MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), declared its financial results for the third quarter on Friday. According to the results, the report consolidates revenues of $421.3 million with net earnings of $14.9 million and net earnings per share of $0.41. Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2017 were $421.3 million compared to $495.9 million for the same period of last year. Revenues from the Communications segment… (Read More)

USGIF starts accepting nominations for its 2018 Awards Program

US: The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Awards Program. The USGIF Awards Program recognizes the exceptional work of the global geospatial intelligence community’s brightest minds and most innovative organizations. The program castes a spotlight on outstanding geospatial intelligence achievements in five categories : academia, community support, government, industry, and military. Nomination forms can be downloaded here… (Read More)

DroneDeploy app from Optelos makes delivery of drone data seamless

US: Just a few clicks and DroneDeploy users can transfer all of the images they have collected to Optelos and automatically create a new project that is very easily accesible. The time saving that this represents for users is critical, but David Tran, CEO of Optelos, said that’s not the only business impact this app is set to enable. “We think one of the key hurdles our industry currently battles with is that there are far too many disparate workflow steps from flight planning to data processing to the delivery… (Read More)

Government seeks public consultation before finalizing on drone policy

India: An ambitious regulatory framework to encourage the commercial use of drones is being put in place by the govt. of India. If successfully implemented, the decision will boost the commercial use of drones in areas such as construction, agriculture, disaster management, physical deliveries and so on. The plan will generate millions of dollars in revenues and thousands of jobs. The draft of the “drone policy” – to be ready after two months of public consultation and codifying rules… (Read More)


Emojis fire up North India, skulls hover over Delhi as map captures air quality in real-time

real-time air qualityAn interactive map created by AirAirAir.org shows North Indians are breathing poison. Literally. Hundreds of emojis on this map paint the northern part of India bright orange, as if it’s on fire, while skulls hovering over the National Capital Region of Delhi are an ominous sign of Delhites are inhaling every day. AirAirAir.org, founded by NRI Amrit Sharma, monitors global air pollution in real-time providing updates to thousands of users. Sharma, who describes himself as a data enthusiast and an accidental journalist… (Read More)

The Autodesk BUILD Space: 1, 75, 500

“…it’s my great honor and pleasure to get rid of the podium – bring the ribbon down, bring the saw down, and we are going to cut some ribbon.” – Mayor Marty Walsh, City of Boston at the grand opening of the Autodesk BUILD Space (October 2016). With those words, a ribbon appeared by the grace of two large robotic arms and cut by an industrial circular saw lowered by a five-ton bridge crane at the center of the Autodesk BUILD (Building, Innovation, Learning and Design) Space… (Read More)