June 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.

Zimbabwe launches space agency Zingsa

ACMAD logo Launching the institution, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Zimbabwe National GeoSpatial and Space Agency (Zingsa) is expected to advance the country’s interests in geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems. Read more...

The South African company building hardware for outer space

ACMAD logo SAC employs over 50 people and designs hardware for use in outer space, including spacecraft sub–systems and complete spacecraft. The company recently manufactured a digital controller unit for use in the Netherlands–China Low Frequency Orbiter, which is currently situated 80,000km beyond the moon at the second Earth–Moon Lagrange point. MyBroadband spoke to SAC CEO Duncan Stanton about the scope of the company’s work, and what they currently focus their efforts on. Read more...

NASA Uses Earth as Laboratory to Study Distant Worlds

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The study of exoplanets – planets that lie outside our solar system – could help scientists answer big questions about our place in the universe, and whether life exists beyond Earth. But, these distant worlds are extremely faint and difficult to image directly. A new study uses Earth as a stand–in for an exoplanet, and shows that even with very little light – as little as one pixel – it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds. Read more...

ECOSOC adopts the draft resolution on the Strategic Framework on...

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted draft resolution E/2018/L.15, Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters on 2 July 2018. The draft resolution was expertly facilitated by the Permanent Missions of Jamaica and the Philippines. The Resolution with Strategic Framework in all UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) is attached for your information and circulation to all your partners and stakeholders, who should be encouraged to adopt and implement the strategic framework as needed. The UN–GGIM Secretariat looks forward to welcoming you to the Eighth Session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, 1–3 August 2018, New York, USA. Read more...

UAE Space Agency signs MoU with South Africa’s space agency

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The UAE Space Agency has signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Africa National Space Agency (SANSA) that outlines a framework for cooperation in the peaceful exploration and use of outer space. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of UNISPACE +50, which took place in Vienna June 18–21. Read more...

2018 EuroSDR Award for the best PhD thesis related to...

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Since 2016, EuroSDR has recognised contemporary PhD theses that have significantly contributed to the development of geoinformation science in the context of national mapping and cadastral agencies (NMCAs). In order to enhance collaboration between European academia and NMCAs, as well as to engage young scientists in its research endeavours, EuroSDR is pleased to announce its 2018 competition Read more...

Did you know which are the sources for free LiDAR data?

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The USGS is a source of authoritative free LiDAR data which it collected as part of the partnership to develop the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high–quality LiDAR data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the US territories with data acquired over an 8–year period. Read more...

Managing the environment using GIS

ACMAD logo Perhaps the most important concern for all of us today is protecting the environment we live and breathe in. Climate change issues are creating havoc with erratic weather patterns affecting everything from crop production to untimely melting of ice glaciers. There is a lot to worry about and immediate action is definitely required. It’s not that the world has not geared up to take corrective actions, but we need to do more, and GIS can help us achieve that. GIS is a powerful tool. It is enabling every sector to perform better and the environment is no exception. Read more...

AARSE 2018 Conference
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The 12th AARSE Conference will be held from 25nd to 29th 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...

Association of Space Explorers
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Founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers,the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 400 flown astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 nations.

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  • As the only professional association for space fliers, ASE supports the advancement of space exploration by providing opportunities for communication among space professionals at the international level. ASE works closely with other space organizations to expand and invigorate international dialogue on such issues as crew safety, operational compatibility, and the potential hazards of near earth objects. ASE regularly sponsors international discussions among astronauts and cosmonauts on space flight operations.
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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?

  • In 2009 two communications satellites, from the US and Russia, collided. This is the only time two man–made satellites have collided by accident.
  • In the 16th century, the word "satellite" meant "an attendant on a person of importance".

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AARSE extends an invitation to interested persons to join the organisation as a member. As a member of AARSE you can gain access to remote sensing tools and resources as well as opportunities such as workshops and courses.
Corporate Members get an opportunity to promote their brands on the AARSE website and newsletter.
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