GeoWrap: DARPA, NASA join hands to design refueling satellites; Nepal rejects India’s...

GeoWrap: DARPA, NASA join hands to design refueling satellites; Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

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DARPA, NASA join hands to design refueling satellites

US: The Department of Defense’s research and development arm – DARPA – is teaming up with NASA to create a new generation of satellites whose job will be to maintain existing ones. The new satellites could extend the lives of billion-dollar satellites and fix minor maintenance issues, problems that are currently not possible. Such service stations, however, could also interfere with the satellites of adversaries. Satellites are a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s no exaggeration to say that everything from the military…(Read More)

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

India: The Indian offer of jointly re-measuring the height of Mt Everest, in the aftermath of the dreadful 2015 earthquake in Nepal that lead to speculations in the scientific community that height of the world’s highest peak is gradually diminishing, has been rejected by Nepal. Although, Nepal has stated that it will seek assistance in exchange of crucial data from both India and China. As per some policy analysts in New Delhi, China could have been behind this move of Nepal because Mt Everest is situated…(Read More)

Planetek Italia strengthens alliance with Polish space companies

Italy: Focusing on developing cooperation in the field of earth observation and research, Planetek Italia has signed an alliance with two Polish companies, Creotech Instruments SA and Wroclaw Institute of Spatial Information and Artificial Intelligence (WIZIPISI). The collaboration will help in developing and commercialize joint solutions. The agreement was signed at the “Big Data in Space Sector” workshop, which took place on December 6 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome…(Read More)

Construction engineering firm acquires UAV services provider

US: Hollywood Florida-based construction engineering firm, NV5 Global, has acquired Skyscene LLC, a San Diego-headquartered provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight services. The acquisition was made entirely in cash and will be immediately accretive to NV5’s earnings, the company says. According to NV5, the acquisition will integrate NV5’s LiDAR mapping technology with Skyscene’s drone flight services. NV5 says it will now have higher-resolution mapping, rapid mobilization and more cost-effective…(Read More)

Airborne surveillance market expected to grow at 4.7%: Report

DronesUS: The airborne surveillance market is expected to be worth USD 4.42 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 5.81 billion by 2023, at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% during the forecast period. Rapid technological advancements, Internet of Things (IoT), amendments in laws, the growing demand for UAVs in commercial application, and the availability of low-cost UAVs are some of the driving factors for the airborne surveillance market, while air traffic management…(Read More)

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A glimpse into what Copernicus did in 2017

The year 2017 has been a mixed bag of ups and downs, disappointments and remarkable achievements, dashed hopes and splendid optimism. But among the few that have maintained steadfast consistency in excellent track record is the European earth observation Copernicus constellation. The European Commission taking the mantle of the Committee for Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) gave it an opportunity to set the agenda in key areas: CO2 monitoring…(Read more)