Space Race Heats Up!

Although the space race hasn’t been a two horse race in a long time, India certainly jumped a head this week with this bit of news – India launches first moon mission! The Chandrayaan-1 was successfully launched yesterday on a survey course of the moon. The mission is unmaned with the goal of developing a 3D model of the lunar surface. In fact, the whole mission is to develop a 3D atlas of the moon to help look for mineral resources that can be potentially mined and used in fusion reactors back on Earth. There’s a video at the bottom of the link showing the launch, which is fun to watch.

Indy and friends win with Flash

One on the main reasons to stop by the U of Redlands booths, besides the general heckling, is to catch up with Indy who is a PhD student at UCSB. We met her a couple of years ago at the ESRIUC where she turned the camera around on us for a video she was using in a class she was TAing. Apparently, our friend Indy along with Kailen Wright and Chris Thilgen recently won ‘best student app’ at FlashCamp an Adobe CS4 event at the San Francisco Adobe offices. Their app was, of course, geospatial in nature and looked to the election for inspiration. The result was a flash map that shows the way states are leaning in polls and cartogram version of the states based on electoral votes. For a weekend project it is fun visualization of the information. Congrats to Indy and team for their victory and bringing the spatial to FlashCamp!

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The Geographer of the United States to speak on Why Geography Matters

If you’re going to be anywhere near Bucknell, Pennsylvania on October 29th, Lee Schwartz, the Geographer of the United States will be giving a talk entitled, “Why Geography Matters: Geographical Awareness and Global Diplomacy,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. It’s free to the public, so anyone can attend. For those of you who were unaware that the United States had a Geographer, the post is part of the Department of State, and that’s about all I could find out. The State Department’s website unfortunately didn’t seem to have a history of the Office of the Geographer, but maybe I will do a little more digging because I’m curious about it myself.

If any of you get a chance to go and listen, let us know how the talk went!

New document defining Professional Services

The ASPRS has released the Draft Guidelines for the Procurement of Professional Services for comment. The draft document seeks to replace guidelines published in 1987 by the ASPRS. With input from MAPPS, ACSM, federal and state employee members of ASPRS, and the ASPRS Professional Practices division the document will hopefully be representative of all of those in the industry that utilize remote sensed data. The document should provide those who seek to find the best method to choose vendors a hand in the process. The document is short and focused and includes sections that define the profession, outline relevant licensure issues, and provide various procurement methods.

The document and an overview PowerPoint can be accessed on the ASPRS Procurement Guidelines Committee website