GeoWrap: SoI releases commemorative stamp; Snapchat’s Snap Map and more

GeoWrap: SoI releases commemorative stamp; Snapchat’s Snap Map and more

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Arianespace to orbit Airbus’ upcoming constellation of observation satellites

France: Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launchers will orbit the four satellites in this constellation from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as from mid-2020…(Read more)

SpaceX to shoot two rockets in space by the weekend

US: Elon Musk’s rocket company is likely to have two satellite launches in the space of about 48 hours. SpaceX has already been planning an Iridium satellite launch for Sunday. Meanwhile, the launch of a BulgariaSat satellite that was planned for yesterday has been pushed back to Friday or Saturday due to technical concerns…(Read more)

Australian govt. pledges to invest $500 million in improved access to satellite imagery

Australia: Australia’s federal government has announced that AU$500 million will be put towards improving Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The project, named Defence Project 799, aims primarily to support Australia’s defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions…(Read more)

US President to discuss UAV policies with drone manufacturers

US: President Donald Trump will gather the leaders of major drone manufacturers, wireless companies and venture capital firms at the White House on Thursday to discuss how the US government can help advance emerging technologies. Several reports note that one of the docket items up for discussion will be the state of commercial UAVs—that is, drones…(Read more)

PDF3D announces latest update on V2.14, meets demands of drones

US: PDF3D, 3D PDF conversion software, have announced the release of their latest major update to the entire suite of products including PDF3D SDK, XML Server, ReportGen and PV+. The new update brings features in line with users working with large and complex 3D data…(Read more)

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ISRO’s PSLV C-38 to Launch Cartosat -2 Series Satellite. Watch Video

ISRO’s next in-order earth observation satellite, Cartosat-2E, will be launched on Friday from Sriharikota with 30 nanosats from foreign countries, including the US. PSLV-C38 will carry the 712kg Cartosat-2 series satellite. This will be the 40th Flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle…(See here)

Survey of India releases commemorative stamp with India Post

Survey of India released a commemorative stamp as part of the year-long celebrations to mark its 250th year. The event was held in New Delhi in association with India Post. In the same event, Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the department’s Vajra Web portal…(See here)

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Put your snaps on a map: Snapchat

Snapchat. Courtesy: The Daily DotSnapchat’s exciting new feature wants you to chill with your buddies in real life instead of watching their stories on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to your friends on a map and updates when you open the app…(Read more)