Best of the Blogs, 15 April 2014

By on 15 April, 2014

MH370 ocean floor map

The BBC has reported on the general sad state of our ocean floor maps, which has been brought to light as we try to use them to find the missing wreck of flight MH370.
Indeed, the MH370 still remains hot news, with this piece on the difficulty of searching the depths using automated mini-submarines also appearing on the BBC.
And here’s a touch more news from the Malay Mail on analysing the final satellite signal received from the plane, as well as a piece on the mounting costs of the search, which will likely be the most expensive in history.

 

Indeed, the BBC continues with interesting spatial pieces this week, providing readers with a map of the recent GLONASS outage.

 

Speaking of Russia, Geospatial world reports on NATO’s use of satellite imagery from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) to show the amassing Russian forces near the Ukrainian border. NATO assesses that the Russian military has approximately 35-40,000 troops in the vicinity of the Ukrainian border, a claim Russian officials have repeatedly denied is a cause for concern.

 

Sliding over to the EU, Space News reports that the new Copernicus Satellite, Sentinel 1-A, narrowly missed a collision with a dead weather satellite, just 34 hours after separation from its carrier rocket. Phew!

 

In lighter news, Very Spatial has a post on geospatial Easter egg hunts, where users need to be equipped with GPS receivers in order to find these elusive chocolate delights.

 

NASA has launched a ‘global selfie’ campaign to celebrate Earth day and the unprecedented of five earth observation satellites in a single year. This April 22nd, people are encouraged to go outside and take a ‘selfie’ and share it with NASA and the world.

 

The All Points Blog has a post on the commoditisation of the Earth observation satellite business, based around a talk at the GEOINT Symposium.

 

Finally, and on a personal note, I’m undertaking a 50km walk through the Blue Mountains to raise money for the Wilderness Society. As a journalistic type, I’ve never been one for regular physical activity, so this is a huge undertaking for me. As such, I would love if any Spatial Source readers out there would sponsor me. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, a fan of camping, appreciate the role that trees play in producing oxygen and soaking up carbon, or just give the slightest hoot about Australia’s unique wilderness, then you should donate to the champions of this most wonderful cause. Plus, it’s tax deductible!

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