New Zealand: Representatives from the European Space Agency (ESA) and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) arrived in Southland, New Zealand, to create awareness about space and how New Zealand can benefit from data obtained from passing satellites. It is pertinent to mention here that Southland is closer to hosting a multimillion-dollar satellite imaging station as European space agents prepare to promote the benefits of satellite technology.
Agency head of international relations Chris De Cooker said satellites were used by countries throughout the world to take images of the earth from space as they passed overhead. The images were then transmitted in the form of data to imaging stations and after being interpreted, could be used for anything from gauging glacier melt to finding foreign boats in New Zealand territorial water or tracking bushfires as small as 2m across, he said.
The possibilities for using the data were endless and could save a lot of money, but few people knew about the imaging in New Zealand so the agency wanted to educate people, he said.