The SSETI Express, a satellite designed and built by 100 students from 10 universities in Europe will launch from Russia on Thursday. The satellite is equipped with a camera that will take images of the Earth. Although the satellite is mainly a demonstration, the European Space Agency, which funded the project, sees this launch as the first step for the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) which will train European students in space science and remote sensing.
Another satellite that is launching with the SSETI Express is China’s Beijing-1 microsatellite, which is carrying the China Mapping Telescope. Its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery for mapping Chinese territory.
I just realized that we have not actually blogged James Fee’s Planet Geospatial. We mentioned it on the podcast, thought we had here…I was wrong. So…
Planet Geospatial is a web based RSS aggregator that pulls together all of the geospatial technology related blogs that James has uncovered (he offers up his OPML file for those of you using a software aggregator). This page acts as a great one stop for a variety of information sources.
Very pretty. They don’t mention geography, but U think the image on the monitors says enough!
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The plan to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri and move its operations to Denver has been put on hold after Missouri officials and legislators protested, and the decision will now be reviewed before any further action is taken
Not exactly spatial in the way the conducted it, but it is easy to see how it could be a significant variable in their work. The Census of Marine Life (COML) looked at over a 100 years of prices of seafood to infer impacts such as over harvesting of marine species. A great use of the historical record in an outside the box scenario. The detailed press release is available as a pdf from the COML website
On Friday, an article at NY Times Online reported that the original map delineating the legal boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been missing since early 2003. And, to make matters worse, there are no known copies, no digitized GIS data, no scanned image, nothing. The USGS made a new map, but it apparently differs significantly from the original. The last person known to have seen the map was quoted as saying he did not believe the map was stolen, but only a few people knew where the map was stored. In any event, the new map has already been used as part of a measure to open the ANWR to drilling.
Main Topic: Geospatial data dissemination. News: CommonCensus, GITA/DOL, Space Elevator Challenge, Planet Geospatial at SpatiallyAdjusted
Shownotes – Episode 14
October 23, 2005
Main Topic: Geospatial data dissemination
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