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ISRO is expected to launch Cartosat-2 satellite with 30 nanosatellites by mid-December

India: Trying to reclaim its name once again post the failure of IRNSS-1H, ISRO is now planning to launch a remote sensing satellite of Cartosat-2 series along with 30 nanosatellites of foreign countries by mid-December. The space agency is getting ready for the Cartosat-2 series satellite mission in mid-December from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre or Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR), an ISRO official told in an interview to news agency PTI. “Isro will be busy in launching a series of satellites…(Read more)

NASA awards Sentinel 6A and Landsat 9 launch contracts to SpaceX, ULA

US: NASA announced to have selected launch providers for both its Sentinel 6A and Landsat 9 missions. The space agency has chosen SpaceX to launch the Sentinel 6A mission, whereas United Launch Alliance (ULA) was conferred with a contract to launch Landsat 9 on an Atlas 5 401 rocket. The Sentinel 6A will be launched from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in November 2020, however, the Landsat 9 will lift off from Space Launch Complex 3E…(Read more)

Singapore energy authority awards S$ 6.2 million grant to develop solar forecast capabilities

Singapore: The Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore awarded a SGD 6.2 million (in Singapore dollars) research grant to develop the country’s capability to accurately forecast solar energy output, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann said today. The grant was awarded to a consortium led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the Singapore International Energy Week 2017. The consortium will look into improving the accuracy…(Read more)

Russia increases GLONASS orbital grouping to 24 satellites

Russia: Russia has started using the GLONASS-M No. 52 navigation satellite produced by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company pursuant to its designation, the press office of State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Tuesday. “With the launch of the Glonass-M No. 52 satellite into operation, the Glonass orbital grouping has again been increased to its standard number of 24 space vehicles,” the Roscosmos press office said…(Read more)

Apple Maps now features detailed layouts of airport terminals

US: Technology giant Apple has announced that its Maps app feature will now also include airport and mall interiors. Oakland International (OAK), Miami International (MIA), Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), Baltimore–Washington International (BWI), Portland International (PDX), and McCarran International in Las Vegas (LAS), as well as two airports in Chicago—O’Hare International (ORD) and Midway International (MDW)—have been added. These are in addition to…(Read more)

38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) inaugurated

India: On October 23, the 38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) got inaugurated in Delhi. It is after a gap of 23 years that the five-day conference is being held in India.  The main theme of ACRS 2017 is “Space Applications: Touching Human Lives”.  ACRS endeavors to promote and popularize remote sensing in Asia through mutual cooperation, networking and exchange of information. ‘For Asian, by Asian and with Asian’ is a cornerstone of ACRS philosophy…(Read more)