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Real-time GPS Mapping and GIS Solution Aids Efficient Disaster Management
Thursday, 21 January 2010 14:02

Saturday, February 7, 2009 will forever be known as Black Saturday in the state of Victoria, Australia. In the midst of a 10-year drought, a record-breaking heat wave descended upon the state, with temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius (110-120 degrees Fahrenheit), breaking all-time record highs in some cities.

Under these severe weather conditions, fallen power lines, lightning strikes, and tossed cigarette butts sparked multiple fires across Victoria, which were fanned by gale-force winds blowing in excess of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, carrying fires across the state. The fires—some of which burned for 29 days—destroyed 2,029 homes and killed 173 people, making this the deadliest natural disaster in Australian history.

Oceansat-2 successfully launched
Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:16

New satellite for ocean imagery augmented IRS-system, Oceansat-2 satellite model. Data provided by IOCCG.
On September 23 at 10:21 Moscow time the second Indian Oceansat-2 oceanologic satellite was successfully inserted to sun-synchronous orbit with the help of PSLV-C14 carrier-rocket launched from Satish Dhavan space centre at the Shriharicota Island.

Oceansat-2 satellite is the continuation of a successful series of space vehicles within national Earth Remote Sensing program, IRS, and is designed for the study of the world ocean condition and atmospheric phenomena, as well as global and regional climatic characteristics.

Studies on Hanoi Urban Transition in the Late 20th Century Based on GIS/RS
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:23
Over periods, Hanoi urban has greatly expanded to the west and southwest. Although Hanoi urban initially located by the West lake, its space has passed over the north side of the lake in recent years. Until 1993, landcover types around the lake mainly were cultivated land. Until 2000 and then 2003, 2005 at this fringe area agricultural land type has still remained and simultaneously newly constructed large and tall buildings have encroached, indicating that urbanization is in progress.

Urbanization of Hanoi largely occurred in 1993–2000, and continues today at a low rate and primarily on the south side of the Red River. The urban growth are realized in expansion, in-fill and linear branch patterns. To the north, growth is limited by West Lake. Two main growth axes run in the northeast–southwest and north - east directions. The west axe appeared lately, perhaps since 2003 following the construction of  the national stadium My Dinh. The current development of the city does not seem to match the city Master Plan.
SSTL to Oversee European Lunar Mission
Friday, 11 December 2009 10:41

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to manage a pan-European student-built mission to the Moon. The European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) programme will place a spacecraft into a lunar orbit to map the lunar surface, acquiring images and other scientific data about our nearest neighbour.

Students from at least ten universities throughout ESA's Member States and Cooperating States will obtain hands-on experience of space science and engineering by collaborating on the design and building of systems that could be launched into orbit around the Moon as soon as 2013.

SSTL will draw upon its experience in delivering cost-effective space missions and training schemes to project manage the ESMO mission, supervising the academic and student teams throughout Europe to help them achieve their goal of a space-ready Moon orbiter.


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