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NASA teams are surveying the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for damage caused by Hurricane Frances. Initial assessments show KSC weathered the storm fairly well. There are no reports of any injured KSC workers, and there does not appear to be damage to the Space Shuttles Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

ORBIMAGE Inc. reported results for its first six months ending June 30, 2004.

Total revenues were $11.76 million and $3.00 million for the six months ended June 30, 2004 and 2003, respectively. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2004 and 2003 was $12.81 million and $5.74 million, respectively. Total revenues in the first six months of 2004 reflect the commencement of OrbView-3 operations. Net loss in the first six months of 2004 reflects an increase in operating costs (including depreciation) resulting from the commencement of OrbView-3 operations and from interest expense on our Senior Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes issued on December 31, 2003.

The WebSim Partnership announced that online registration for its "Second Workshop on Web Enabled Modeling and Simulation". The event is scheduled for October 12-15, 2004 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The Object Management Group (OMG), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO), and Web3D Consortium agreed last year to collaborate on open, non-proprietary standards for Modeling and Simulation (M&S) and related technologies, forming the WebSim Partnership.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (formerly the Open GIS Consortium), NAVTEQ and the Chicago Geospatial Exchange invite those interested in geospatial technologies and telematics to attend "OGC Industry Day - Geospatial Requirements for Telematics" on Monday, 13 September, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza in downtown Chicago. This event will bring together government, industry and academic experts to present, learn about, discuss and demonstrate geospatial information requirements and solutions for Homeland Security, Location Services and Vehicle Services (Telematics). Visit http://www.opengeospatial.org/events/?page=040913 for more details or send email to Email Contact. Seating is limited.

Avenza Systems Inc. announces that live online MAPublisher demos are now available in The United Kingdom and Ireland. Using technology from Glance Networks ( www.glance.net), and adding to similar availability in North America, France and The Netherlands, Avenza has teamed with its local distributor, The XYZ Digital Map Co. Ltd., to make live online MAPublisher demos available to customers in The United Kingdom and Ireland.

DigitalGlobe announced that U.S. civil government customers at the state and local level now have the freedom to use, distribute and modify QuickBird satellite imagery products without penalty. This new civil government licensing model, effective September 17, 2004, represents a pivotal change in the commercial remote sensing industry's traditional treatment of product licensing.


DigitalGlobe has named a new general counsel to its executive team. Bettina Eckerle joins DigitalGlobe as general counsel and secretary from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she spent five years serving top domestic and international corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, finances and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Wachtell, Eckerle spent four years as an associate in the corporate department of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Her legal experience is rounded out by four years in commercial banking, two of which were spent serving the media and telecommunications industries.

Excellence Awards

NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced six institutions were awarded grants to conduct geospatial extension projects.

The six grants were awarded to:

The University of Missouri (Columbia, Mo.) for The Missouri Geospatial Extension Specialist Program, to improve and extend decision-support tools for water management, agricultural efficiency and ecological forecasting, in cooperation with a variety of state partners.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha for Nebraska NativeGEM (Geospatial Extension Model), to improve the decision-support systems, education and work force development of local users, with a focus on Native American tribes in Nebraska.

The University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.) for MapCorps, to implement a geospatial technology training and resources center to enhance the geospatial technology capability in the community, specifically targeting youth groups.

The University of Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.) for Geospatial Information in Rhode Island: Making a Difference in Sustainable Resource Management, focusing on education and work force development for resource and land management.

Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) for The Texas Geospatial Extension Program, to increase geospatial literacy in elementary schools, and improve decision support tools for invasive species and land fragmentation, among other critical issues, across Texas.

Utah State University (Logan, Utah) for On-Target Fellowship Program: Empowering Agents of Change, for training of county extension agents and educators in use of geographic information and existing decision-support tools sponsored by USDA and NASA, and injecting that expertise into state and local programs.
Intermap Technologies recently won a special Gold Prize award at the 20th Congress of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in Istanbul, Turkey, for its "DEMs from IFSAR" eLearning training course.

Oracle and Fujitsu Siemens Computers announced that Oracle® Application Server 10g set a new performance world record result for the SPECjAppServer®2002 MultipleNode benchmark. The benchmark was established on Solaris(TM)/SPARC®64V-based PRIMEPOWER(TM) 450/2500 servers of the Fujitsu group of companies (Fujitsu Limited/Asia-Pacific, Fujitsu Computer Systems/North America and Fujitsu Siemens Computers/EMEA) as well as Fujitsu Siemens Computers' openSEAS product suite. Oracle's record result delivered 33 percent higher performance than the previous SPECjAppServer2002 MultipleNode record held by BEA Weblogic*.

New Products

Trimble introduced a new ultra-low power miniature Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver -- the Lassen® iQ module for mobile devices. With major advancements in performance, sensitivity and power consumption, the Lassen iQ module enables system integrators to easily add GPS capability to mobile devices at a very economical price.

iSECUREtrac(TM) Corp. recently deployed GPS tracking systems with law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Georgia, and Virginia.

It may be the end of a nightmare for some now that TrafficGauge Inc. has launched the first real-time mobile traffic map for Los Angeles and Orange County. The TrafficGauge(TM) Mobile Traffic Map will help drivers outsmart traffic congestion.

Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of a new version of the coordinate conversion library, GeoCalc.Net. This fully object-oriented version of Blue Marble's coordinate conversion libraries was created to meet the needs of cutting-edge Windows programmers.

Around the Web...

XML: Too Much of a Good Thing? By David Becker, CNET News.com, September 7, 2004--It's hard to find an industry or interest that isn't taking advantage of the fast-growing standard for Web services and data exchange. While some industry observers worry proliferation has gone too far, potentially creating new instances of the interoperability problems that XML was meant to solve, proponents say the explosion of schemas is a testament to the format's success.

Helping Frequent Flyers Redeem Miles for Tickets, Online, By Joe Sharkey, New York Times, September 7, 2004-- Soon it will be easier to find out what is available in the murky realm of frequent flier travel redemption. This is not to say that airlines are suddenly tossing rows and rows of free seats into the mileage lottery. But because of new technology, it will be more convenient to go online, view the options and claim a seat.

Airline's Interest in Mile High WiFi Dives, CNET News.com by Andy McCue, December 7, 2004 - British Airways has backed off from plans to install in-flight Wi-Fi broadband connectivity on its planes, claiming the technology is still too immature and expensive.

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