April 2018
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
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Papers for AARSE2016 Conference

The South African Journal of Geomatics has published selected papers from the AARSE2016 conference. Click here to view

Call for expression of interest to host AARSE conference

The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) invites expression of interest from national institutional members and/or other organizations/agencies in Africa for the hosting/organization of the 13 th Conference of the Association in 2020. Bids can also be received for the 14 th edition (2022) and the 15 th edition (2024). The conference is usually held in the last week of October of every even–number year. Visit our website for more info.

AARSE Corporate Membership Invitation

This is an extended invitation to Corporate Companies to join AARSE. You can make a bigger impact in remote sensing through the organisation and enjoy the benefits while you are at it. Read more...

Lunar Meteorite Found Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface

ACMAD logo Good news, future lunar colonists! Scientists have discovered traces of moganite in a lunar meteorite that was discovered 13 years ago in Africa. This mineral requires water to form, so its discovery is being taken as potential confirmation that frozen water exists beneath the Moon’ s dusty surface. Read more...

Exploration sweet spots identified along Equatorial West African margin

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A pioneering study of the Equatorial West African margin identifies new targets for exploration controlled by structure of the underlying basement. The Equatorial West Africa SEEBASE® multi–client Study and GIS by Frogtech Geoscience proposes an advanced rift migration and crustal model for Sierra Leone to Gabon, offering unique geological interpretations that support increased interest in underexplored sections of the continental margin. Read more...

Russia to build new satellite to replace angola’s inoperative angosat–1

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Russia has proposed to build a new satellite for Angola. This follows the writing off of the country’s defective satellite, AngoSat–1. Angola’s first national telecommunication satellite which was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The launch happened in December last year. However, the satellite has not yielded any results. The satellite has encountered lots of problems, and it loses communication countless times. Energia built AngoSat–1 after an agreement between Angola and Russian governments in 2009. Read more...

Africa Innovation Summit to address Africa’s challenges

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The second edition of the Africa Innovation Summit is soon approaching and is set to take place from 6–8 June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda under the patronage of President Paul Kagame, Chairman of the African Union and Pedro Pires (ex–President of Cabo Verde). The AIS will focus on innovation as a tool to address Africa’s pressing challenges, such as poverty, health, education, food security and Good Governance. Read more...

Zacube–2 SA Satellite Will Be Launched In July 2018 From India

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The Republic of South Africa is getting ready for the space launch of the country’s second nano–satellite. We’re talking about the Zacube–2 satellite, weighing 4 kilograms and developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in collaboration with the Franco–South African Institute of Technology. The satellite is scheduled to be on orbit by July 2018 after it will be launched from India. Read more...

Artificial intelligence arms race accelerating in space

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One of the next big things in geospatial intelligence is tiny black boxes aboard satellites that ingest massive amounts of data in space and instantly analyze it. No downloading necessary. Geospatial data manipulation and analysis in real time is the holy grail in the military intelligence business. “We are trying to help commanders ’see through the fog of data’ in situations when they have to make decisions very quickly,” said Melanie Stricklan, chief technology officer and co–founder of Slingshot Aerospace, in Manhattan Beach, California. Read more...

Rise of drones: African journalists counter lies with tech

ACMAD logo Drones and satellites are helping African journalists to expose lies and shed light on underreported issues in regions that are largely inaccessible. But restrictive regulations threaten their reporting. For Nairobi–based journalist Soila Kenya, technology is a tool to unearth the truth. She recounts an attack by terrorist group al–Shabab last year, when militants struck an army base in Kulbiyow, Somalia. Kenya’s defense forces downplayed the damage and claimed they had repelled the attackers. Read more...

AARSE 2018 Conference
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The 12th AARSE Conference will be held from 22nd to 26th October 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt with the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) and National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) as joint local hosts. Click here...

Population Census by TripleSat Constellation
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21AT and TrippleSat constellation supports city management and population census applications over Africa. Cities grow exponentially, ever increasing the demand on public services and increasing the demand on disaster planning. De–vegetation and soil sealing increase flood risk With regular satellite imagery urban growth can be managed in conjunction with flood models, digital elevation models, precipitation models, catchment area maps. Data overlaid with census and population growth models. Click here...

Corporate Profiles
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CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd is a specialist water data service provider from satellite remote sensing to governments, commercial water utilities, aquaculture/mariculture operations, water engineering projects, environmental service companies and academic and research institutions. Our operational near real-time geo–information service (demonstration at http://eonemp.cyanolakes.com) is designed to significantly improve decision making for government authorities and commercial operators by providing live information and analytics. We also provide consulting services and engage in research and development projects to continually improve our product offering. Contact us now to find custom solutions to your water problems. CyanoLakes – making your water safer! Read more!

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Space Advisory Services

Space Advisory Company is a satellite programme and systems consulting and engineering bureau situated in Somerset West, South Africa. SAC offers professional and expert advisory/technical/engineering services of a verified high quality, tailored to support customer space programmes and assist in the ensuring of successful outcomes which are within budget and time constraints. This is achieved as a result of resources and teams with extensive experience working on Advisory Engagements, Space Programmes, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation projects. Click here for more information.
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Did You Know?

  • One million Earths can fit inside the Sun. Ancient astronomers once believed the Earth was at the centre of the Universe but now we know that the Sun is at the centre of our Solar System and our planets orbit the Sun. The Sun makes up 99.8% of the entire mass of the whole Solar System. One million Earths would be needed to be the same size as the Sun.Read more!

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