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Monday, January 18th, 2016

SimActive and Delair-Tech Partner to Provide SNCF with a UAV Solution

Montreal, Canada, Jan. 19, 2016—SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is pleased to announce the purchase of multiple Correlator3D™ licenses by SNCF. The software is used in conjunction with UAVs from Delair-Tech, SimActive’s partner.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The Vencore-IBM First Responder App Challenge Declares Winners

The Vencore-IBM 2015 First Responder App Challenge was a resounding success! Many thanks to the participants, supporters (APCO and USGIF) and our co-sponsor IBM

Monday, January 18th, 2016

In South Africa, an Uneven Transformation with Land Reform

When South Africa’s brutal and racially oppressive policies of apartheid came to a close in 1994, it was promised by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress party that as much as 30 percent of land seized from native farmers by white landowners would be returned to them within 10 years.It didn’t come close.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Are geospatial outcomes tied to political candidates?

It would be naive to think that there are no repercussions related to geospatial programs and research from the upcoming presidential elections. After all, the so-called “GoreSat” whole Earth-observing capacity was mothballed under George Bush’s first term and only became reality in Obama’s second term. In that same timeframe, however, we saw the rise of

Monday, January 18th, 2016

German Researchers Land a Drone Softly on the Roof of a Moving Car

An uncrewed, electric, autonomous aircraft travelling at 75 kilometres per hour lands gently on the roof of a moving car. For the first time, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have successfully demonstrated a technique developed for this purpose. The system could be applied to ultralight solar-powered aircraft

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise

Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Friday, January 15th, 2016

NOAA’s Jason-3 Spacecraft Ready for Launch

The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Ocean Current in Gulf of Mexico Linked to Red Tide

MIAMI – A new study found that a major ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico plays an important role in sustaining Florida red tide blooms. The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science research team suggest that the position of the Loop Current can serve as an indicator of whether

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Satellite Transmitters Used to Study Sandhill Crane Ecology

This was not a typical day at the office for New Mexico State University biology doctoral student Matt Boggie. It was a bitterly cold and windy December morning at the Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area in central New Mexico. He sat quietly with binoculars in an irrigation canal, camouflaged behind vegetation near a mowed-down cornfield.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Engineering Researchers to Participate in Flood Reconnaissance Mission

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas engineering researchers – experts in the study of how soil reacts to stress caused by earthquakes or floods – are participating in a multi-institutional research mission to document the effects of recent, severe flooding in the Midwest.

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