India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space, several of them for European countries, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.
Led by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten meters.
You can get a pretty good idea of a country’s wealth by seeing how much it shines at night — just compare the intense brightness of China and South Korea to the dark mass of North Korea that’s sandwiched between them.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket successfully placed two European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites into medium-Earth orbit — the 13th and 14th in a series of 26 Galileo spacecraft, with more to come.