Space Elevator

That’ s right, a space elevator. This is a serious effort from a number of groups to develop an elevator that could be used to transport stuff – and people – between the earth and space. Conceptually it is a 62,000 mile carbon nanotube composite ribbon that will use mechanical lifters moving up and down the ribbon. It has progessed to the point that LiftPort, one of the companies involved, completed a successful 1,000 foot test of the ribbon and lifter on Sept. 20th.

You can check out their staff blog here

Virtual Shanghai

Since I am into historical geography and Historical GIS, I though I would change it up a little and showcase a nice site that uses ESRI’s ArcIMS to display GIS layers and historic maps of Shanghai, China. This project was done by a group at the University of Lyon in France

Check out Virtual Shanghai here

Mount St Helens video

If you’re into volcanoes, the USGS is releasing a 20-minute video which gives a summary of activity at Mount St. Helens over the past year. Details of the release will be available after the news event today, which was scheduled for 10am PDT (1pm EDT)

Via Spatial News

Oddens’ Bookmarks

If you want to know where to find anything about maps and mapping on the Internet, check out Odden’s Bookmarks. It’s a mapping-related links site maintained by the University of Utrecht Faculty of Geosciences that has a handy search function.

Link to it here

GIS Unshackled – from GeoWorld

This is a feature article from the August issue of GeoWorld that gives an overview of open source GIS tools. Since I have to admit that I am not that familiar with using open source stuff for GIS applications, I thought it was a good introduction.

You can read the article on Geoplace

Real-time Ship Tracking

IBM and Maersk (Danish shipping company) announced they are teaming up on a project to provide real-time wireless tracking for cargo ships, via a device attached to individual cargo containers. They’re actually going to start testing this fall.

Read the article here

(via abcnews.com)

Paying your highway tolls via satellite?

I just saw this article on Geocommunity. Apparently , a private company called Mapflow is teaming up with the Dublin Transportation Office (Ireland) to do a feasibility study on the use of satellite technology to track cars in real-time, and then charge drivers for the distance they travelled on the toll road. The study is also being funded by the European Space Agency. Yeah……. I think I will leave it at that, and let you read the article

http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2005/sep/19/news2.html

Geospatial Information & Technology Assoc. to hold online convention

GITA will be holding its first ever online convention and exposition, from October 1st to December 31st. There will be 2 sessions of speakers, and registered users can view the sessions anytime during that session’s run. Session 1 will be October 1st-Nov. 14, and the speakers include Karen Ball from Intergraph and Jack Dangermond, head of ESRI. Theregistration is free, and the form is available at http://www.recyber.com/preconventiongita/

For more information on GITA, visit their website

(via GISuser.Com)

Keychain size personal GPS device hits the market

Yes, that’s right. According to the press release, this new personal GPS unit has full GPS capabilities, e-911, two-way voice speaker phone, and programmable buttons for one-touch dialing, and is the size of a key chain. However, it costs almost $500 and, after the first year, loos like you have to pay for the GPS services. Still, if money is no object….

Here is a link to the article:
http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2005/sep/16/news6.html

and the NOWTRAQ website

(Via SpatialNews.com at GeoCommunity)