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Landsat 9 enters orbit, improves and expands the Landsat open data mission

1 Oct - 23:15 SAST

Compiled from NASA & USGS sources

The Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite has been launched on 27 September 2021 to continue the Landsat program’s repeat global observations for monitoring, understanding, and managing Earth’s natural resources.

The satellite will operate in its predecessor, Landsat 7’s near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km, replacing it as it reaches its end of life as a scientific instrument. Like its predecessor, it will work in tandem with Landsat 8 to collect images spanning the entire planet every eight days. (Landsat 7's orbit will be lowered to prepare for NASA's On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and

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Global guidance on land measurement for planning and development comes into effect

18 Aug - 16:05 SAST
“Measurement of Land for Planning and Development Purposes,” is aimed at planners, surveyors, developers, architects, government and legal administrators, to bring global consistency in the use of the terminology applied to different areas of...
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South African National Space Agency to host Digital Earth Africa’s Program Management Office

5 Aug - 05:36 SAST
The program management office will strengthen Digital Earth Africa’s network of partners from across Africa by providing on-going leadership and direction to the program.
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South Africa’s space agency is conducting a user requirement study for its Space Infrastructure Hub

26 Jul - 17:24 SAST
The information gained will help shape the implementation of the Space Infrastructure Hub.
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ESA and FAO team up to tackle food security and other SDGs using satellite imagery to bridge data gaps

20 Apr - 13:50 SAST
ESA and FAO have teamed up to address major global issues such as food security, and to take further advantage of the digital transformation in agriculture.
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Carbon Mapper announces satellite program to pinpoint methane and carbon dioxide super emitters

15 Apr - 12:25 SAST
Carbon Mapper and its partners announced plans to deploy a hyperspectral satellite constellation with the ability to track point-source emissions.
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South African construction industry signs landmark collaboration agreement

23 Jan - 12:51 SAST
CASA is made up of different industry bodies from across the sector with the broad objective of having joint representation in engagements on matters of mutual concern.
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GIS mapping project sets out to provide Uganda with data for water infrastructure improvements

2 Dec - 13:03 SAST
For the Uganda water system project, high accuracy GIS solutions will support the inventory of about 120 water installations, and ultimately a master plan to address the limited water capacity in Uganda.
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Manual for the valuation of unregistered land opens for public consultation

27 Nov - 14:20 SAST
Information from FIG As part of the UN-Habitat – Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), together with the International Professional Bodies Cluster, works on a...
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Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21 Nov - 11:22 SAST
The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth. Using radar altimetry, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and...
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Novum Intel becomes Novum Intelligence, launches new services

2 Nov - 23:35 SAST
Eagle-eyed audience members will have noticed the subtle change in our company name, logo and domain name from Novum Intel to the full name, Novum Intelligence.
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Zimbabwe Flying Labs launches as local technology and innovation hub

21 Oct - 15:48 SAST
A team of local experts in Zimbabwe formed and launched Zimbabwe Flying Labs, a technology and innovation hub working to solve social challenges and meet local needs through drones and robotics.
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Space-tech challenge opens submissions for local talent to develop Africa’s geospatial readiness

15 Sep - 12:56 SAST
Space-Tech Challenge 2020 is now open for submissions from innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across Africa. The challenge aims to drive Africa's geospatial readiness through local talent, and targets downstream space-tech applications in agriculture,...
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South Africa’s planned Space Infrastructure Hub will use space data as a development tool

31 Aug - 16:27 SAST
Information from SANSA The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been awarded R4.47 billion in additional funding over the next three years to develop a Space Infrastructure Hub. The...
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African institutions to benefit from free access to Copernicus data

13 Aug - 13:19 SAST
The African Union Commission and the European Commission are about to roll out an initiative that will avail African institutions free access to Copernicus data, based on an agreement signed in 2018.
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WeRobotics spins off Flying Labs as an independent organisation

27 Jul - 09:19 SAST
Based on responses from regional calls and the recent Virtual Flying Labs Retreat, it has been decided to co-create as an independent legal entity, deeply rooted in the Global South, led entirely by...
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African Land Policy Centre calls for digitised land registries

28 May - 19:17 SAST
Speaking during a webinar organised by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies to discuss African land rights in the time of the coronavirus, Kagwanja said COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of millions...
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WeRobotics offers revamped online course on drones in humanitarian action

26 May - 01:57 SAST
WeRobotics has announced a revamped and updated version of its peer-reviewed online training on the use of drones in humanitarian action.
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Ghana Institution of Surveyors contribute funds and software to address country’s COVID-19 pandemic

7 Apr - 18:27 SAST
Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) is supporting the country’s COVID-19 outbreak with funding and contact tracing software.
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