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May. 20, 2014

US official sees approval for higher resolution commercial imagery
Reuters
The U.S. government will eventually approve a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution satellite images, the head of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. "It's going to happen. Technology is moving in that direction," NGA Director Letitia Long told an annual space conference hosted by the Space Foundation.More

Mobile technology is changing the way we live
GIS User
The usage of smartphones has risen dramatically over the past few years. Google has stated that online searches through smartphones will overtake desktop computer searches by the end of this year. Mobile access to the internet is becoming more important than ever and it is being applied to all facets of our lives.More

Geospatial intell projects point the way toward more data sharing
Washington Technology
The common thread running through most of the keynotes and speeches at this year's recent GEOINT conference was openness. Federal government and intelligence agency leaders expressed a desire for collaborative and open cloud-based geospatial solutions that are technologically advanced and save time and money. It may not sound revolutionary, but it is a major departure from the traditional government perspective.More

Earth from Space: Desert bullseye
Directions Magazine
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Discover a giant geological wonder in the Sahara Desert in the one-hundred-third edition. More

Urban physics
MIT News via Directions Magazine
Franz-Josef Ulm and a colleague were taking a break from a tough problem one afternoon when they spotted an aerial photograph of a city and had an epiphany. More

4 grid breakthroughs utilities need to know about
Smart Grid News
Across the country, electric utilities are investing in innovative technologies to optimize the electric grid and shape the future of how energy is delivered, managed, and used.More

5 things the U.S. could learn from South Korea's smart grid
Smart Grid News
In the 1990s, South Korea was in distress due to the Asian financial crisis. Then it decided to build the infrastructure to become a "knowledge superpower." First it deregulated the telecom sector to foster competition. Next it began to market broadband as a way for students to enhance their prospects in school. By 2012, South Korea's high-speed Internet penetration rate topped 100 percent — the highest in the world. More

Flawed GPS signal processing design cited as cause of receiver problems
Inside GNSS
Widespread reports of intermittent GPS receiver outages may well end this week as the U.S. Air Force wraps up an "extended navigation mode" functional checkout of a GPS satellite, designated Space Vehicle Number 64, a Block IIF spacecraft launched in February. The problem affects only user equipment that erroneously uses navigation message data from the satellites, which had yet to be set "healthy." More

From the cloud to the fog, how do localized nodes improve visibility and aid understanding?
Sensors & Systems
There's an evolution occurring that blends the move toward hosted services in data centers with our always-connected devices, morphing from "the Cloud" to "the Fog" as our devices start to interconnect rather than to route all interactions through networks to large data centers. This more distributed model is deja vu in terms of past network configurations of thick clients (desktop PCs), but makes a great deal of sense given today's data deluge and the increasing computing capacity and expanding storage of our mobile devices. More

Geo-enabled education online
Directions Magazine
In this extraordinary review of online education, Esri's director of education, David DiBiase, explores the potential of geospatial technologies and methods to enrich online teaching and learning across disciplines, in order to "set the stage for geography to rise from triviality to importance in many texts, and for many students and teachers." More

Newspaper: Russian space agency set to resume Glonass talks with US
The Voice of Russia
The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is set to resume negotiations on the possible deployment of Glonass global navigation satellite system elements in the United States, the newspaper Izvestia wrote on Tuesday. "Roscosmos has done paperwork for the Americans and have filed the documents with the Foreign Ministry," a well-informed source in Roscosmos told the newspaper. More

GPS IIF-6 launched into orbit following weather delay
GPS World
The sixth GPS Block IIF satellite was successfully launched Friday at 8:03 p.m. local time. Built by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of El Segundo, California, GPS IIF-6 launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was originally planned for Thursday evening, but bad weather led to a 24-hour hold. More