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GeoWrap: Indian Railways to use AI; interactive map of croplands and more

Indian Railways to use Artificial Intelligence for preventing signal failure

Artificial IntelligenceIndia: For diminishing the possibilities of signals failing, Indian Railways has decided to undertake remote condition monitoring of the system — to predict failures through the use of Artificial Intelligence. The Signaling system is crucial for safe train operations and the railways depend totally on the robustness of its signalling assets and the real-time information. Currently, the railways follow a manual maintenance system and find-and-fix methods rather than predict-and-prevent approach…(Read more)

Velodyne LiDAR partners with UMS for autonomous vehicle testing in South Korea

US: Velodyne LiDAR is partnering with South Korea-based Unmanned Solution (UMS) to integrate its advanced LiDAR sensors into UMS’ expansive autonomous technology development program. UMS’ autonomous program represents a broad spectrum of activities, including on-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, robots, and autonomous systems integration, as well as the development of an instructional platform for educational programs…(Read more)

Earth-i orders satellites from SSTL for world’s first full-color video constellation

Earth-iUK: British ‘New Space’ pioneer Earth-i has announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation. Earth-i is building the first constellation in the world able to provide full-color video – and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and still images. This constellation will be a major leap forward for the Earth Observation industry providing a number of…(Read more)

NOAA, Black Swift Technologies collaborate to develop electric UAV with autopilot

US: The Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) of NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory is collaborating with Black Swift Technologies (BST) in a joint research project with the University of Tennessee Space Institute. The project aims to develop an electric UAV with precise autopilot capabilities. The project focusses on integrating BST’s SwiftCore Flight Management System with a UAV Factory Penguin BE UAV platform that has been chosen for its reliability…(Read more)

Pix4D partners with KKC to deliver a drone mapping and photogrammetry solution

Japan: To deliver a i-Construction-compliant drone mapping and photogrammetry solution for the Japanese market, Pix4D has partnered with Kokusai Kogyo Corporation (KKC), a Japan-based geospatial consulting company. i-Construction is a set of government-defined regulations to govern the collection and processing of drone data. In August 2016, KKC released a 3D geospatial analysis cloud service (KKC-3D). The partnership will jointly develop the service(Read more)

ESA announces Young Graduate Trainee program

ESAFrance: ESA has announced the opportunities for Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) program and they will be opening from November 20 to December 17, 2017. This high-caliber program is of one-year duration and provides successful applicants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions. If a person has recently graduated or is about to graduate and is keen to gain experience in a stimulating international environment then…(Read more)


ISRO space activities Bill seeks to open up space sector in India

The Indian government has come up with a draft bill on space activities. The Bill, called “Space Activities Bill, 2017”, seeks to allow private sector to build satellites, rockets and satellite sub-systems. The Bill has been uploaded on the ISRO website on November 21 calling for comments from stakeholders and public till December 21, following which it will go to Parliament for approval. So far, space activities in India have been mostly government controlled even though ISRO…(Read more)

USGS releases interactive map of croplands in the world

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has released a high-resolution interactive map of the croplands in the world. The interactive maps are part of the Global Food Security-Support Analysis Data at 30 meters (GFSAD30) using Landsat satellite data. The 30 meter high-resolution that the map provides is the highest amongst any agricultural database. GSFAD 30 data is obtained using multi-sensor remote sensing data from various sources. Click here to view the interactive map…(Read more)