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Tele-education Using PAKSAT

Country: Pakistan
Many countries use satellite technology for education. With the August 2011 launch of the PAKSAT-1R communications satellite, Pakistan has joined this group of nations. The satellite, which provides TV broadcasting, internet, and data communication services, extends modern communications to the...

Coordinating Aid with GPS

Increasingly, United Nations and international nongovernmental workers dealing with humanitarian needs in war-torn countries, such as Iraq and Somalia, are relying on GPS technologies to coordinate aid remotely. Using information collected by GPS-enabled devices carried by local partners,...

Satellite Pictures Help Fight Illegal Logging

The DeforestACTION project is using satellite imagery to combat illegal logging through its Earth Watchers software tool, currently in beta testing. The difficulty of locating and identifying illegal deforestation often prevents law enforcement from limiting this activity. DeforestACTION allocates...

Satellite Pictures of Volcano Keeps Aircraft Safe

Country: Australia, Chile
In June 2011, the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón volcano in Chile led to the evacuation of 3,500 people. Satellites were able to capture images of the eruption and provide details on the associated ash plume, monitoring its path for many days. It is important to monitor an ash plume because it can...

2011 - U.S. Launch, Human

Country: United States
The events of 2011 marked a transition in the U.S. human spaceflight program with the retirement of the Space Shuttle. In the near term, NASA will rely on Russia to transport its astronauts to the ISS. However, the United States is pursuing development of several human spaceflight systems that are...

2011 - U.S. Launch, Payload

Country: United States
The United States continued to operate the world’s most diverse fleet of orbital launch vehicles in 2011. While its total of 18 successful launches was not the world’s highest, it led in terms of diversity, with eight different types of orbital rockets launched throughout the year. In addition,...

2011 - U.S. Suborbital

Country: United States
Suborbital RLVs are designed to fly multiple times, with or without human passengers, to serve space tourism, research, and other markets. The best-known of these vehicles is SpaceShipTwo, which is undergoing flight tests and may begin commercial passenger-carrying operations in 2013. SpaceShipTwo...

2011 - GPS

Country: United States
Although many generically use the term “GPS” to refer to the overall concept of satellite-based navigation, this acronym only refers to one specific network. The U.S. Navigation Signal Timing and Ranging Global Positioning System (NAVSTAR-GPS or GPS) was developed and deployed by the U.S. Air...

2011 - Suborbital Payload Launch

Country: United States
Blue Origin, a secretive company funded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, revealed in September 2011 that in August it had suffered a failure of one of its New Shepard suborbital test vehicles. The company reported that it lost control of its PM 2 vehicle at an altitude of 13,700 meters (45,000...

Find Your Way and Friends at an Amusement Park

Country: United States
Many GPS-enabled smartphones focus on locating the essentials: restaurants, hotels, museums, and other tourist spots. However, some more unique options are also available. Roadside America by This Exit encourages road-trippers to take a detour by providing a map of thousands of the funniest and...