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GeoWrap: Spacety to launch 20 satellites by 2018; Getting a handle on drought surveillance and more

Chinese venture Spacety plans to launch 20 satellites in space by 2018

China: Based in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province of China, Spacety Co Ltd has announced that it is planning to launch 20 satellites in space by the end of 2018. The purpose of most of these launches is to supply data to a growing number of research institutions and other business customers…(Read more)

Russia inks deal to launch two South Korean satellites on Soyuz rocket

Russia: Glavcosmos and Glavcosmos Launch Services have inked the first contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to launch the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket with two South Korean satellites, the company told TASS. “The Soyuz-2.1a will be used as a carrier rocket for both missions…(Read more)

Airbus signs contract to provide SPOT 6/7 imagery to Satshot for agri improvement

US: Airbus Defence and Space has entered into an agreement with GIS mapping engine operator Satshot to provide high-resolution SPOT 6/7 satellite data over a large area of the corn and wheat belt within the continental United States. SPOT 6/7 data is integrated into the Satshot platform…(Read more)

Space Applications Centre of Ahmedabad develops algorithm to see through haze

India: The Space Applications Centre of Ahmedabad has developed a new algorithm for atmospheric correction (AC) of high resolution visible and near-infrared (VNIR) remote sensing data that can retrieve aerosol information from sensor measurements in VNIR channels and by selecting appropriate…(Read more) 

Israeli startup raises $50 million to develop LiDAR technology for self-driving cars

Israel: Israel-based startup Oryx Vision has raised $50 million in venture capital for developing LiDAR technology for self-driving vehicles. The round was led by Third Point Ventures and WRV with participation by Union Tech Ventures. They all join existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners…(Read more)


Getting a handle on drought surveillance

Getting a handle on drought surveillanceIn Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, fields that would ordinarily be planted to maturing rice crops are practically abandoned; the channels that would bring water to irrigate them are dry; and the reservoirs built to supply this water are nearly empty…(Read more)