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GeoWrap: FAA approves drone usage in Puerto Rico post Maria; ISRO to double number of launches in next 2yrs and more

AT&T gets FAA’s approval of using drones to restore Puerto Rico’s cellular service

US: In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, to restore cellular service in Puerto Rico, the US Federal Aviation Administration on November 17, approved a request by AT&T to use a new drone known as the Flying Cow or Cell on Wings to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Pulse Vapor 55 drone functions like a cell tower in the sky, providing voice, data and internet service, the FAA said. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles…(Read more)

OnTerra Systems introduces new version of MapSavvy web map service

US: OnTerra Systems today introduced a new version of its MapSavvy aerial imagery service and a corresponding new website, MapSavvy.com. An affordable Web Map Service, MapSavvy provides OGC-compliant images for anyone who needs aerial images in the course of their work or research. The new version of MapSavvy offers users access to two versions of Bing Maps aerial imagery: original Bing Maps imagery and the recently updated aerial imagery updates introduced in 2017…(Read more)

Leica ScanStation P50 enables users with scan range of more than 1 km

Switzerland: Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica ScanStation P50, the fastest and safest long-range 3D laser scanner, as the newest member of the 3D terrestrial laser scanner P-Series. The new ScanStation P50 combines all the well-known features of the P40 plus a longer-range scanning capability of more than 1 kilometre. Increasing users’ flexibility to offer services in new markets, this rugged and versatile laser scanner enables professionals to 3D capture even(Read more)

New FARO SCENE 7.1 laser scanner released

US: FARO has announced the release of Virtual Reality (VR)-ready FARO SCENE 7.1 software. FARO SCENE 7.1 enables an immersive VR experience with integration of detailed photographic textures, i.e., surface details of an object and rendering of 3D scan data so quickly that it appears to be generated in real time. While SCENE 7.1 is optimized for the FARO laser scanning product portfolio, e.g. FocusS or Freestyle, it is also device agnostic, so it can seamlessly accept…(Read more)

UK launches JPSS-1 weather satellite

UK: UK launched a new JPSS-1 weather satellite on 18th November from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite will provide a huge array of observational, near real-time data, which will be shared with US national and international partners including the UK Met Office. The satellite, other than gathering day-to-day weather data, will also monitor a wide range of events such as wildfires, snow cover, sea-surface temperature and aerosol detection, important in air quality monitoring…(Read more)


Asian economies make space technology for SDGs a national priority

space technology for SDGsTime and again, the importance of geospatial information and technology has been emphasized for achieving the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 2015 marked the end of the monitoring period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), bringing with it the strategic framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 goals are aligned with the common goal of providing enhanced governance for development and shaping a better future…(Read more)

ISRO to double number of launches in next two years

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking to double the number of launches in the next two years to meet the increasing demand. Currently, the Indian space agency has 42 operational satellites for various purposes, including remote sensing, navigation and communications, and they are exclusively focused on the country’s needs. However, they are inadequate to meet the increasing needs of the country, ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said on Monday…(Read more)

Free Webinar: Luciad Desktop – Deploy advanced geospatial analytics applications

Luciad-Webinar-Dec2017-20171121Geospatial World and Luciad are organising a free webinar on Luciad Desktop – Deploy advanced geospatial analytics applications. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 07 December 2017, at 10:30 AM, GMT +1. Through this webinar, you can be given: An introduction to Luciad’s desktop solution. Luciad Desktop provides the foundations for advanced geospatial analytics applications. It allows users to rapidly develop high-performance C2 and location intelligence applications…(Read more)


DJI’s Matrice 600 – Powerful Aerial Platform for Mapping and Surveying

DJIPowerful aerial platform built for Mapping and Surveying. Improved flight performance and better loading capacity. 100 Mega Pixel resolution camera. Its camera supports nine interchangeable lenses. Fly time of 18 mins with a fly range of 5kms…(See here)


HD Maps for Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicles are the Big trends of the Market

Interview with Alexander Wiechert, CEO, Vexcel Imaging…(See here)