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Iridium NEXT launch campaign reaches halfway with a fourth successful launch

US: Iridium NEXT launch campaign reaches halfway with the fourth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch marks the midway point of the Iridium NEXT launch program and was the first Iridium launch to use a SpaceX flight-proven rocket. The first stage booster for Iridium-4 was previously used for Iridium-2, making Iridium the first company to reuse the same rocket booster. Each launch strategically delivers new satellites...(Read more)

SkyPan urges new drone owners to read instructions and register with FAA

US: Innovative aerial robotic systems developing company, SkyPan International, has urged people in the US that have received a drone as a gift this holiday season – to read through the instructions that come in the package, and then register the drone online with the FAA. Recently Congress restored the registration requirement for model aircraft operators. New owners must register before operating the drone for the first time. As SkyPan notes, “it is so easy to register online…(Read more)

China makes 2017 memorable with launch of three EO satellites

China: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) declared the last country’s space launch in 2017 after the successful launch of its three Earth Observation satellites on December 26. The satellites were launched using the Long March 2 rocket family’s Chang Zheng-2 rocket. “CASC successfully completed its last space mission in 2017,” CASC said on its page in the WeChat social network. The rocket was launched at 3:44 a.m. local time (19:44 on Monday GMT) from…(Read more)

Haryana sets up GIS Cell at Public Health Engineering Department head office

India: Giving a boost to the Central government’s Digital India program, the state government of Haryana, India, has set up a GIS Cell in the head office of its Public Health Engineering Department. The implementation of the cell was made possible with due technical support from the Haryana Space Application Centre (HARSAC). Other than that, the digitization and geo-referencing of assets such as drinking water sources and Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) has also been completed…(Read more)

Indian pollution regulatory body proposes to use LiDAR for pollution monitoring

India: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi, has drafted a proposal advocating the use of LiDAR technology to shed more light on the composition of pollutants present in the air of the Delhi-NCR region. The proposal advices mounting of five LiDAR equipment across the region which will essentially act as pollution monitoring towers. It is suspected that the proposal has been adopted after the recent findings pointing towards the need for such advanced monitoring. Though the plan was drawn…(Read more)