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GeoWrap: Facebook to open AI research lab; tools spearheading geospatial revolution and more

Facebook to open new AI research lab in Canada’s Montreal

Canada: Facebook on Friday announced that it would open a new AI research lab in Montreal, which is already home to other AI labs operated by Google and Microsoft. The Montreal lab, separate from the social networking company’s existing corporate Montreal office, is Facebook’s fourth AI research outpost. One benefit of setting up a Montreal AI lab is that the city’s prevalence of AI researchers and graduates students could be potential new Facebook hires…(Read more)

China to launch four Beidou-3 satellites by the end of 2017

China: China-based Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) vice chief designer Ran Chengqi on Saturday said that four Beidou-3 satellites will be launched by late 2017 and a complete global satellites navigation system will be in place around 2020. The BDS was independently developed and operated by China with a vision to meet the needs of the country’s national security and economic and social development. As a space infrastructure of national significance…(Read more)

Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion in cash

US: Northrop Grumman Corp has announced to acquire defense contractor Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion in cash. With the assumption of debt, the deal is valued at $9.2 billion. Orbital shareholders will receive $134.50 a share in cash as part of the transaction, which is expected to close during the first half of 2018. The impending deal comes on the heels of another big aerospace union just announced earlier this month when United Technologies agreed to buy Rockwell Collins…(Read more)

ISRO releases recruitment notification for hiring 80 young Scientist/Engineers

New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), under the Department of Space of Government of India, has released recruitment notification for hiring young Scientist/Engineers. The space research organization presently has 80 posts vacant under the following specialized fields: Scientist/Engineers ‘SC’ (Electronics)-35; Scientist/Engineers ‘SC’ (Mechanical)-35; Scientist/Engineers ‘SC’ (Computer Science)-10. The written test will be held at 12 cities on 24 December 2017 (Sunday)…(Read more)

Thales Alenia Space, Spaceflight Industries partner to accelerate BlackSky Geospatial Platform

France: The space alliance formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries. A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times…(Read more)


New tools spearheading geospatial revolution

“The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance,” says Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum…(Read more)

Global sea level fingerprints reveal climate change effects

global sea level fingerprintsClimate change and its effects have grabbed eyeballs of many researchers for past many years. However, with frequent natural calamities, global warming, seasonal change, etc., this trend has gained more momentum. In one such study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and the University of California, Irvine, has reported the first detection of sea level fingerprints in ocean observations. The study reveals that various patterns of sea level…(Read more)

Luciad’s Cloud-Based Server Solution: Refurbished for more utility

A preview of NetCDF weather data in LuciadFusion StudioOver the past few years, Luciad has shown great commitment in bringing its high performance geospatial product suite to the masses. Moving on from efficiently meeting the needs of aerospace and defense customers, the company is now all set to solve big data challenges faced by many companies. In its quest to help companies manage their geospatial data more effectively, Luciad has completely overhauled its server solution LuciadFusion. At the very outset…(Read more)

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO completes 25 glorious years of success

September 15 2017 – a golden day for ISRO and its commercial partner Antrix Corporation as they completed 25 years of a robust relationship. The silver jubilee celebration of Antrix Corporation at Bengaluru turned into an excellent platform for collaborative learning as distinguished contributors of the Space industry, viz. Rakesh S (CMD, Antrix), Dr V S Hegde (Former CMD, Antrix), A.S.Kiran Kumar (Chairman, ISRO), Dr K. Radhakrishnan (Former Chairman, ISRO), Jamshyd N Godrej…(Read more)