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GeoWrap: MDA and DigitalGlobe merger; ISRO to launch Chandrayaan 2 and more

ISRO to launch Chandrayaan 2 mission on a GSLV MKII in March 2018

India: ISRO has announced the launch date for Chandrayaan 2, a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan 1. ISRO has said that it will launch the next mission in March 2018. For Chandrayaan 1 mission, ISRO used the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), with lift-off weight of 1,380 kgs, while for Chandrayaan 2 mission, ISRO will be using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 2 (GSLV MKII), with a lift off weight of 2,650 kgs. The Chandrayaan 1 mission had an orbiter...(Read more)

Thales Alenia, Arianespace sign contract to launch Cosmo-SkyMed satellites for Italy

US: Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace have signed contract to launch two Cosmo-SkyMed Second-Generation (CSG) satellites manufactured for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Ministry of Defense. The CSG satellites are Earth Observation (EO) spacecraft that will be launched in 2018 by Soyuz and Vega C launchers from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. According to ASI, this second-generation system, including its ground segment, will set a new performance…(Read more)

LizardTech awarded US patent for LiDAR point cloud compression

US: LizardTech has been awarded a U.S. patent for the compression of LiDAR point clouds (US 9753124). The patented technology provides lossless compression of point clouds captured by airborne LiDAR sensors or terrestrial laser scanners for easy and cost-effective processing, storage and transmission of data sets. “LiDAR systems capture terabytes of data containing rich information that can be difficult to exploit due to the difficulty processing such massive files,” said John Hayes…(Read more)

MDA and DigitalGlobe merger is expected to close next week

MDAUS: MDA, a communications and information company that provides technology solutions to commercial and government organizations around the globe, and DigitalGlobe, the world leader in earth imagery and information about changing planet, have announced that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has informed both the companies that its review of MDA’s proposed acquisition of DigitalGlobe is complete, and there are no national security issues that have not been resolved…(Read more)

Topcon announces web-based service for mass data processing software

TopconUS: Topcon Positioning Group has announced a new web-based service for integration with the MAGNET Collage desktop mass data processing software, which is called MAGNET Collage Web. The web based service simplifies collaboration and sharing of 3D point cloud data. MAGNET Collage is designed to provide a “single environment” solution for professional processing and publishing data from laser scanners, mobile mapping devices, traditional surveying instruments and modern paving scanners…(Read more)

MDA to provide operational support to Canada’s maritime surveillance system

Canada: MDA has signed a five-year contract with Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), including one base year and five renewals. MDA will provide its operational support that includes the use of east and west coast coast RADARSAT-2 ground systems for the DND Polar Epsilon Near Real-Time Ship Detection (NRTSD) system. The NRSTD system is a broad surveillance system, delivering all weather maritime information about Canada’s Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans…(Read more)


FlyPulse’s LifeDrone AED system comes as a boon for heart patients

FlyPulse’s LifeDrone comes as a boon for heart patientsWhat started with an idea of integrating AED in a drone, is now saving lives by diagnosing patients with cardiac arrhythmias and treating them with defibrillation. Developed by FlyPulse, a Sweden-based startup, the LifeDrone AED system is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) — a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy…(Read more)

Drones detect human vital signs from afar

Drone technology is being developed to detect vital signs of life in humans stranded in war zones or isolated and injured by natural disasters. Researchers from the University of South Australia have successfully trialed the use of drones to remotely measure heart and breathing rates using advanced image-processing systems.The algorithm created by UniSA PhD students, Ali Al-Naji, pictured below, and Asanka Perera, enables the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once…(Read more)