November 15, 2004
Processing of Remotely-Sensed Images- A Book Report
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Not only did Aerojet provide the second stage liquid engine and third stage control thruster on the launch vehicle; the company's 16 monopropellant thrusters also provided thrust for attitude and orbit control on the GPS satellite.

NAVTEQ has been selected to supply its products to both the Eurely and iNavSat Consortia which are bidding to become the Galileo concessionaire. The Consortia delivered their offers to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) on September 1, 2004 and the successful bidder will be given the task of deploying the Galileo satellite constellation and operating all subsequent services.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it will again recognize individuals and user organizations in various industry segments for their exemplary achievements in implementing geospatial technologies.

GITA's 2005 Awards Program will recognize the stewardship and leadership afforded by individuals and organizations that share their experiences, serve as mentors, and push geospatial technologies to ever-higher levels of functionality. Nominations for the awards are accepted in four categories.

The Web-based nomination procedure is open to members of the geospatial community at large. Interested persons may go to for complete information. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 3, 2004.

Closer working by geographical researchers will benefit all of Europe. Closer cooperation between experts involved in mapping and geographical information research across Europe will benefit the whole continent, says Keith Murray, the new President of EuroSDR - the Europe-wide spatial data research organization.

OS Locator from the Ordnance Survey enables users to find and identify a specific location using the road name or number in conjunction with a locality, settlement, local authority, county name or postcode sector. It has been specifically designed for use with 1: 10,000 and 1:25,000 scale raster map data and OS Street View. NASA scientists recently found the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the main driver of the change in rain patterns all around the world.

The NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has enabled scientists to look around the globe and determine where the year-to-year changes in rainfall are greatest. The TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and JAXA designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque will be participating in GIS Day November 18, with demonstrations and an open house. Also in my state,
San Juan College in Farmington, NM is offering presentations and demonstrations by users as well as educators on November 17. On November 19, I'll be at
GISExpo in Albuquerque.


Tadpole Technology plc announces the appointment of Dr. Mark Ketteman as an executive director. Dr. Ketteman is the CEO of Tadpole's Cartesia division and continues in this role reporting to Mr. David Lee, executive chairman of Tadpole Technology plc.

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a Colorado Springs-based geographic information system (GIS) and photogrammetry industry leader, announced three new additions to the Sanborn team. Michael Villarreal has joined Sanborn as senior product manager, and is responsible for product innovation and extension. David Carter joined the company as project manger; he will be responsible for the success of current and future GIS projects. Bill Claveau has joined the Sanborn team as senior program manager. In this position, Claveau is responsible for the success and development of program initiatives.

New Products

Navman announced a new line of Drive- Away(TM) Memory Cards to complement devices running its latest SmartST(TM) Version 3 software. Available with Eastern, Central or Western U.S. map data pre-loaded, the plug-in memory cards are quick, convenient and easy to use.

Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of a new version of their premiere map display library GeoObjects®. Blue Marble, known for their coordinate conversion technology, is also the creator of industry leading map display, image reprojection, referencing, GPS tracking, and internet mapping technology.

Orion Technology Inc. announced the launch of version 5.0.3 of its OnPoint™ and OnPoint™ Professional products. The new version builds upon the existing OnPoint™ platform, which has formed the core of a number of recent award-winning web-GIS implementations in Ontario and is enjoying a growing reputation in the United States and internationally.

CADTEL Systems, Inc. announced a major update to SpatialENGINEER™, its advanced network documentation and engineering tool. SpatialENGINEER is designed to meet the varied and dynamic challenges of today's communications providers.

Real estate information access has become truly ubiquitous and more convenient for realtors across the country with the national premier of the PocketSurfer(tm) Web viewer, a first-of-its-kind dedicated wireless Web viewer that provides fast, affordable, full wireless Web access - just like at work or at home - in the palm of a hand. Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, the device connects wirelessly to the handset and access is provided through virtually any wireless network provider. Offered exclusively in the United States by CellStar Ltd., PocketSurfer measures 6 inches by 2.75 inches by .58 inches.

NAVTEQ now has full map coverage of Finland's road network. This means the company now includes all four Nordic countries in its NAVTEQ database. Denmark and Sweden were the first to receive full coverage followed by Norway last year.

Around the Web...

Perry orders flu tracking system, San Antonio Business Journal, October 26, 2004--Amid a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, Gov. Rick Perry on Friday asked the Texas Department of State Health Services to develop a system to monitor the flu virus in Texas.

FluWatch is the home page of National Flu Surveillance Network (NFSN), a real time flu disease tracking service, with U.S. maps, city search, and zip code search. Disease surveillance through NFSN identifies influenza in a community without any delays.

Wikipedia is the collaborative online encyclopedia founded in 2001 by Larry Sanger, a philosophy lecturer at Ohio State University, and Jimmy Wales, an Internet entrepreneur.

Wikipedia, maintained by users all over the world who write and edit the entries pretty much as they wish, is visited by hundreds of thousands of people daily and has an estimated 400,000 entries on everything from manga (Japanese comics) to strathspeys (Scottish dance tunes). There are no user fees and no advertising: the site is supported by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, based in Florida, which maintains and develops free resources, including a dictionary and a collection of quotations.

Upcoming Events

Date: November 15 - 18, 2004

Place: Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee, FL USA

"Mapping Our Future" The GIS sessions and training will range from beginning to advanced to technical.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2004

Place: Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

The Expo will showcase how GIS technology is being used to help New Mexico businesses and government agencies do their work better and more efficiently.

Date: November 23 - 25, 2004

Place: James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington, New Zealand

The GeoHealth2004: Surveillance & Intervention Programme is also focused on supporting decision-making in public health with specific focus on, surveillance, intervention, planning & policy

Date: November 30 - December 3, 2004

Place: MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV USA

This premier event helps you make the most of your Autodesk investment through hands-on product training, industry-specific breakout sessions, the exhibit hall, networking events, and much, much more!

Date: November 30, 2004

You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.

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