JULY 2014
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NEWS: Nanosats are changing the space business

Although widely used, satellites are expensive to build and to launch. That began to change last year. On November 19th Orbital Sciences, an American company, launched a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It carried 29 satellites aloft and released them into low-Earth orbit, a record for a single mission. Thirty hours later, Kosmotras, a Russian joint-venture, carried 32 satellites into a similar orbit. Then, in January 2014, Orbital Sciences carried 33 satellites up to the International Space Station (ISS), where they were cast off a month later
Photo credit: NASA

NEWS: Dnepr rocket cluster launch
Dnepr Rocket

A Dnepr launch vehicle blasted off from Russia's Yasny Launch Base at 19:11 UTC on Thursday 19th of June, embarking on a mission to deliver a record load of 37 active satellites of different shapes and sizes into orbit. Following liftoff out of a rocket silo at Site 370/13 at the Dombarovsky missile range, Dnepr started racing into the sky headed to an orbit at 630 Kilometers in altitude. The ascent mission took about 16 minutes and concluded with a precisely planned sequence to deploy the different payloads.
Photo credit: ESA (Cryosat-2)

NEWS: South Africa's National Space Policy
Dnepr Rocket

With the advent of a new national space agency to implement the South African space programme, South Africa is on the cusp of entering the global space arena as an emerging space nation. For these reasons, it is important to have a national space policy to guide the development and implementation of space science and technology to address South Africa's development challenges. This national space policy, and the supporting documents in this series, will serve to guide the future development of the South African space arena in the coming years.

AARSE 2014 CONFERENCE: Request for sponsorship and Invitation to exhibit

The LOC kindly invites you to persue the sponsorship and/or exhibition opportunities at the 2014 AARSE conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 27 to 31 October 2014. It offers exciting opportunities to promote your brand to the African participants at this prestigious conference. The conference normally attracts up to 350 delegates form African countries and includes senior decision makers, remote sensing and GIS practitioners, academics, students and scientists. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are hosting the AARSE2014 conference.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Discount for the AARSE 2014 conference
AARSE member discount

To show just how much we value our members the AARSE council has decided to give our Regular members inside and outside Africa discount for the registration for the AARSE 2014 conference. If your membership fees are paid for 2014 you will receive $30 discount and if your membership fees are paid upfront for 2015 and 2016 you will receive $100 discount.

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The U.S. Department of State's Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative announces its fourth annual Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. The GIST Tech-I Competition provides an opportunity to address economic growth and innovation priorities by encouraging young science and technology entrepreneurs to accelerate the success of their venture, connect with a global community of like-minded innovators, and showcase their ideas internationally. Applications for Idea Stage and Startup Stage ventures by young science and technology entrepreneurs are welcome until 9:00 a.m. EDT on July 21, 2014.
CALL FOR PAPERS: International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment

The LOC of the 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) has announced a call for papers. The event will take place in Berlin, Germany on 11 to 15 May 2015. This 36th Symposium will represent a key occurrence in the long series of internationally recognised ISRSE meetings. The theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and related Remote Sensing techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and resources.
COURSE: Using Earth Observation Data in Storm Surge Forecasting Systems
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This course will take place from 2 to 5 December 2014 at WMO’s Headquarters in Geneva. The course is aimed at people who plan to integrate Earth Observation (EO) data into operational prediction of storm surges. The course will be highly practical in nature, with a focus on group work and student interaction with the data.

The Governing Council of the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, hereby announces to the international academic and professional communities that the post of the Executive Director will be vacant with effect from 1st September, 2014.
MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT: Africa's answer to PayPal
Online Naira

The AARSE team has set up an Online Naira account to facilitate online payments across Africa for our members who cannot access PayPal. This method is very secure easy to use. As a bonus, AARSE will cover the transaction costs whenever you pay your membership fees. 

RESEARCH BRIEF: Call for content
Call for content

Herewith we invite our readers to provide research briefs on a recent case study or a new methodology. Research briefs should include application field, key results, impact, status of application, area of application, algorithm & data used, and contact to author/organization. Please send all content to info@africanremotesensing.org