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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Cuba Agrees to Host Russian Glonass Navigation Stations

While the U.S. and Russia continue to bicker over the deployment of Glonass navigation stations on American soil and the status of GPS stations in Russia, Moscow has found a way to get its foot in the door to North America by installing Glonass infrastructure in Cuba. Read More

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Russia to Get First Private Satellite Constellation

A Russian startup said Wednesday it will launch several satellites in the coming weeks, the country’s first private satellite constellation, to offer maritime monitoring services. Dauria Aerospace will on Thursday launch two satellites, to be followed by another one in July, and begin offering navigation help for ocean ships and river vessels in cooperation with

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Nokia Looks To Bolster Its HERE Maps Business With Recent Buys

Nokia is looking to bolster its mapping unit HERE with new investments and acquisitions in a bid to make it more personalized and intuitive and compete against rivals such as Google . The Finnish company acquired artificial intelligence firm Desti towards the end of last month and announced its plans to buy predictive analytics company

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

How Satellite Maps Can Halt Amazon Deforestation

In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation. They are the engine behind Imazon, one of the most prolific research groups based in the Amazon. Imazon is now collaborating with the government of the Brazilian state of Pará to combine real-time satellite

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Smart Glasses Offer Spatial Awareness to the Visually Impaired

The smart glasses are said to consist of a video camera mounted on the frame of the glasses; a computer processing unit that is small enough to fit in a pocket; and software that provides images of objects close-by to the see-through displays in the eyepieces of the glasses. The transparent electronic displays, where the

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Man Who’s Making Google Maps Smarter

Ed Parsons is a mapping evangelist, a cartographer-geek whose childhood passions for geography and computing, and a grown-up belief in open data, got him the biggest job in the business. For more than seven years, he has been Google’s “geospatial technologist”, or chief geographer. As such, his job is to make the company’s mapping smarter

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Climate Change will Cost the World Far More than Estimated

Lord Stern, who wrote a hugely influential review on the financial implications of climate change in 2006, says the economic models that have been used to calculate the fiscal fallout from climate change are woefully inadequate and severely underestimate the scale of the threat. As a result, even the recent and hugely authoritative series of

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Iran Launches Satellite Monitoring System

Iran launched a satellite monitoring system dubbed “Iran Sat” in Alborz Space Center, in the Central part of the country. The center includes a receiving system of “Unisean-36” for receiving satellite images of “Modis” and another system for receiving image and data from Eumetcast satellite network. Read More

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Airbus, Safran Create Space Launch Joint Venture

Airbus Group and Safran confirmed plans on Monday to combine work on space launchers, accelerating efforts to fend off a growing threat to Europe’s Ariane space rocket from U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX. The move is the first step towards consolidation after Airbus Group’s chief executive Tom Enders, speaking exclusively to Reuters last month, called for

Monday, June 16th, 2014

New Hampshire Maps Hazardous Sites in Preparation for Natural Disasters

New Hampshire is launching a new effort to inventory hazardous sites most at risk during natural disasters. Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be in charge of the project being funded by a federal regional catastrophic planning grant. Read More

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