Geospatial Round-up – Nov/Dec 2019

New citizen science platform for London Colouring London is a new citizen science platform that collects, collates, visualises and allows people to download statistical data about every building in London. The platform was launched in October 2019. This free source of information platform will enable members of the public to contribute information about the buildings […]

Geospatial Round-up – Sept/Oct 2019

Next-gen GPS satellites launched The US Air Force and its mission partners has launched the second Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite during August 2019. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite is known as “Magellan”, in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator. Magellan will join the current GPS constellation comprised of 31 operational spacecraft, and will […]

Geospatial Round-up – August 2019

Safety by design for automated vehicles Emphasising safety by design, eleven companies across the automotive and automated driving technology spectrum has published “Safety First for Automated Driving,” (SaFAD), a non-binding organised framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles. These companies (Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA US LLC, Here, […]

Geospatial Round-up – June 2019

Demo of redundant geospatial systems The US Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to conduct a field demonstration of technologies with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of six or higher, as described in the Federal Highway Administration Technology Readiness Level Guidebook, that are capable of providing backup positioning, navigation, and/or timing (PNT) services to critical infrastructure […]

Geospatial Round-up – May 2019

China launches 44th BeiDou satellite The 44th BeiDou (BDS) satellite was launched onboard from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 20 April 2019. As the 20th constellation satellite and the first inclined Geo-stationary (IGSO) satellite added to the BDS-3 constellation, this satellite joins the previously launched 18 MEO satellites and 1 GEO satellite. The constellation with […]

Geospatial Round-up – March/April 2019

Missing Argentinian submarine located The wreckage of ARA San Juan, the Argentine Navy submarine which was lost on 15 November 2017 has been located in November 2018 after two months of seabed search by Ocean Infinity, the seabed exploration company. The submarine was found in a ravine in 920 m of water, approximately 600 km […]

Geospatial Round-up – October/November 2018

US passes geospatial data act The US Congress has passed the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2018 as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. It establishes the Federal Geographic Data Committee to lead the development, implementation, and review of policies, practices, and standards relating to geospatial data; as well as the National […]

Geospatial Round-up – August/September 2018

Drone safety in urban environments The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the European Aviation Safety Agency and Airbus will collaborate to develop safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban environments. The agreement establishes a framework for the exchange of information and technical expertise among the three parties, to develop safety […]

Geospatial Round-up – July 2018

Autonomous drones for fishing survey NOAA Fisheries’ two West Coast Science laboratories have joined forces with Saildrone to test the use of autonomous, wind and solar-powered vehicles to gather data on West Coast fish populations. A fleet of five drones have been launched in June 2018 to undertake different missions, all related to improving the […]

Geospatial Round-up – April/May 2018

Galaxy mapped in 3D ESA’s Gaia mission has produced a very detailed star catalogue, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1,7-billion stars, revealing previously unseen details of our Galaxy. The new data includes positions, distance indicators and motions of more than one billion stars, along with high-precision measurements of asteroids within our solar system and stars […]