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GeoWrap: ISRO plans to design super heavy rocket; MIT, Amazon collaborate to develop drone solution and more

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ISRO plans to design semi cryo super heavy rocket to take on Falcon Heavy

India: With the successful test launch of Space X Falcon Heavy, scientists and technology enthusiasts around the globe are jubilant at this milestone. The Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful and heaviest rocket in the world and can lift 64 tons of cargo to near-Earth orbits. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) also envisions developing super-heavy launchers that can carry payloads as heavy as 50 to 60 tons, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said to The Hindu, after congratulating Space X…(Read More)

MIT and Amazon collaborate to develop drone solution for delivering packages

US: Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working in association with Amazon to develop a drone solution that would deliver packages right outside your doorstep. The new system, called NanoMap, allows drones to consistently fly 32 km per hour through dense environments like forests. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry on-board for real-time processing…(Read More)

Northrop Grumman bags $429 million contract from US Air Force

US: The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $429 million contract to Northrop Grumman for two payloads for the Enhanced Polar System’s (EPS) satellites. The two EPS constellation satellites operate in highly elliptical orbits, as per Northrop Grumman. They will be following the current Interim Polar System and work concurrently with another EHF SATCOM system, said the aerospace and defense manufacturer. The EPS-R EHF XDR payloads will “prevent a Military Satellite Communications mission…(Read More)

UK space firms combatting global challenges with new projects

UK: To help and deliver some innovative solutions to the world’s poorest countries, the UK Space Agency has come forward. The agency with its International Partnership Program will help in build effective partnerships that can lead to growth opportunities for British companies. The successful projects, worth £38 million in total, are led by a diverse range or organizations from the UK’s growing space sector, from large companies such as Inmarsat and CGI, to start-ups such as Guildford-based Earth-i…(Read More)

Bluesky Innovation uses mobile phones to create 3D maps of infrastructure

UK: Aerial mapping company has completed a research project backed by the UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop the use of mobile phones for capturing accurate 3D spatial information. The nine-month investigation focussed on the use of standard smartphone technology to capture and calibrate video footage and then convert to 3D information. Accurate measurements of essential infrastructures, such as overhead power lines and other utility facilities, could then be extracted…(Read More)

Bentley Reality Modeling empowers governments with digital cities and to explore the future for autonomous vehicles

US: Reality modeling assists governments to keep pace with changing environments and population growth by improving planning, design, construction, and operation of urban infrastructure. The Yangzhou City Planning Bureau and the Singapore Land Authority are visionary organizations building digital cities with the aid of reality modeling. Reality modeling also enables organizations such as Sanborn to produce highly accurate 3D HD maps for an autonomous driving support that can be used…(Read More)

New FARO Design ScanArm 2.0 improves product design workflow

US: FARO has introduced the next generation FARO Design ScanArm 2.0, specifically designed to address the most demanding challenges and requirements faced by product design and product engineering professionals. It offers an exceptional combination of flexibility, reliability, value and performance through best in class accuracy, resolution and ergonomics.  The new Design ScanArm 2.0 delivers up to 25% improved system accuracy compared to the previous generation…(Read More)

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NASA budget ends funding for space station by 2025, cuts Earth science missions

After drastically reducing NASA’s budget for earth sciences and cutting critical Earth missions last year, the US administration now wants NASA to move away from doing business in low-Earth orbit and instead focus on Moon landing. The Budget request, which came out on February 12, and details how the White House wants to fund NASA in fiscal year 2019, doesn’t want to continue funding for the space station beyond 2025. The request allocates a total of $19.9 billion to NASA, an increase of $370 million…(Read More)

If NASA exits, what is the future for International Space Station?

The NASA 2019 budget estimates, unveiled on February 12, ends direct funding for the International Space Station by 2025. However, that doesn’t mean the agency is getting rid of the space station. It instead wants to turn it into some kind of orbiting real estate venture run by private industry. The 2019 budget request allocates $150 million “to encourage development of new commercial low-Earth orbital platforms (where the space station resides) and capabilities for use by the private sector and NASA”…(Read More)

Boundless provides more scalability with new Cloud-native geospatial Web server

Boundless geospatial web serverLocation is a common denominator between progress and innovation. With the rapid increase in smartphones/smart devices, there has been a sudden explosion of location data that businesses and consumers want to tap in order to leverage or generate new opportunities. As a result, maps have become a vital component of application development. Exploring this trend, Boundless, a geospatial software company, has introduced a new Cloud-native geospatial Web server (Boundless Server Enterprise)…(Read More)