look at the Database section by clicking on the top menu. The database includes: more than 900 operational satellites,  approximately 150 launchers,  all spaceport from where the satellites were launched,  nearly 400 key stakeholders in the sector.

Link of the week: Transparent World

July 17th, 2010

The story of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has demonstrated how the  lobbying ability of the energy  giants may endanger the environment. The Russian organization Transparent World faced this concern many years ago. Transparent World is a non-profit and non-governmental partnership that implements programs and projects for the scientific and applied environmental [...]

Tags: earth observation system, Environment, gas, gis, oil, Russian Federation, WWF
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Link of the week: Basics of Space Flighy

July 11th, 2010

For those interested in a didactic treatise on space flight, the right site is Basics of Space Flight. The site is by JPL and constitutes a valuable teaching instrument, enjoying popularity with college and high-school students and faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight. This is a multimedia text, complete with [...]

Tags: educational websites, jpl, nasa
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Link of the week: Daniel Goldin’s lecture

July 2nd, 2010

In a very smart lecture former NASA administrator Daniel Goldin shares with the audience important aspects of his experience.

Goldin speaks about problem solving when dealing with revolutionary technological change, presenting different approaches for addressing what appear to be impossible problems to solve. The lecture’s title is “A Fire to be [...]

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Link of the week: remote sensing e-book from India

June 25th, 2010

India is one of the most active Countries in satellite remote sensing. Currently operational satellites are: IRS-1C, IRS-ID, IRS-P3, OCEANSAT-1, Technology Experimental Satellite (TES), RESOURCESAT-1, CARTOSAT-1 and 2,  RISAT (Radar Imaging Satellite).
National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) is one of the centres of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the Department of Space, Govt. of India, [...]

Tags: India, isro, remote sensing applications
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Link of the week: Coastal Response Research Center

June 18th, 2010

If you are interested in a complete data set of observations of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Coastal Response Research Center is the right place.
The Center was established as a partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) [...]

Tags: COSMO-SkyMed, envisat asar, gulf of mexico oil spill, national oceanic atmospheric administration noaa, radarsat, TerraSAR-X, university of new hampshire
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Moon or Mars: is that the question?

June 17th, 2010

A new space policy was recently formulated by President Obama. The presidential proposal is now before the Congress, in a hot debate. As in many similar situations, passions and interests are at stake. The emergence of opposing positions is a complex phenomenon.
Sometimes a proposal is supported or opposed depending on the political party that originated [...]

Tags: bolden, Constellation, exploration program, Mars, nasa, Obama, space policy, USA, VASIMR
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Link of the week: MIT OpenCourseWare

June 11th, 2010

With this post I will start a weekly review concerning links of relevant interest in the aerospace field. Feel free to suggest other websites to review.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is responsible for an initiative called OpenCourseWare. At the address http://ocw.mit.edu you can find a lot of stuff from MIT courses:

Lecture notes

Projects and examples

Image [...]

Tags: courseware, MIT
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Soft power in the new millennium for space faring countries

May 28th, 2010

Soft power is the ability to obtain what one wants through co-option and attraction. It is in contradistinction to ‘hard power‘, which is the use of coercion and payment. The expression and related theory was coined by Joseph Nye of Harvard University in a 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. [...]

Tags: charm offensive, Hillary Clinton, India, Obama, People's Republic of China, Politics, smart power
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A non-governmental space agency for the oil and gas industry

May 20th, 2010

With the aim of providing satellite communications services to his oil/gas activities, the Russian energy giant Gazprom established in 1992 the  subsidiary Gascom. Initially the goal was to provide communications services to those regions where Gazprom has interests, but later Gazprom was soon persuaded by the advantages of satcoms, and the company took a decision [...]

Tags: Constellation, earth observation system, elliptic orbits, energy giant, ka band, oil gas industry, pipelines, ria novosti, Russian Federation, space agencies
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How many GPS satellites?

May 14th, 2010

Currently the scenario is as follows.

USA: 31 NAVSAT GPS satellites are operational – to be modernized;

Russia: 21 GLONASS satellites are operational (+ 2 spares) – to be increased;

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