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Satellites for Survival: Bangalore-India to host International Experts

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Bangalore, March 19, 2014: Natural and man-made disasters; events like earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides and industrial accidents have been a cause of great misery and suffering in countries worldwide. India is vulnerable to a large range of these challenges and disaster preparedness and development of adequate disaster monitoring mechanisms receive priority attention.

Space science and technology has become the integral part of humanity, our daily life and very survival.

Cooperation and collaboration, the only way forward

Experts from USA, India, Russia, UN, and several other counties will meet at Bangalore on March 31st – April 2nd, 2014 to identify collaborative solution for the pressing needs. CANEUS International, a global non-profit organization serving the needs of world community using emerging space technologies has teamed with Indian Institute of Science - IISc and Lockheed Martin of USA to organise the International Summit to formulate small satellites and sensors based cost effective solutions to meet the disaster management and socio-economic needs of India and the world community. The meeting is organized under the Indo-US cooperation framework and sponsored by the Indo-US S&T Foundation, with Suraj Rawal, Fellow at Lockheed Martin, USA and Mohan Rao of IISc as Co-Chairs of this expert gathering.


“One Day” World without Satellite

At the World Economic Forum (WEC) in Davos, discussions led by Lockheed Martin CTO Ray Johnson, and Heads of Eutelsat, ESA, and others agreed that, “No single nation, developed or developing, can cope with these evolving needs” said Milind Pimprikar, founder and Chairman of CANEUS. In 2010, CANEUS launched the “Collective Safety, Security and Prosperity” CSSP initiative covering Nano-satellite constellation to bridge gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”. Now, the proposed Summit through the coordinated efforts of CANEUS USA and CANEUS India is expected to leverage the collective strengths of Indian and international partners from academia, government agencies and industries, for providing timely, cost-effective and innovative technology solutions to stakeholders.


“Rockets for Rotis”

Last week, the Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Radhakrishnan, speaking at the session “Rockets vs. Rotis” said “we work on programmes to help people earn their rotis”, space touches lives of all Indians, ranging from a fisherman to the decision-makers. "Farmers get information on the land quality in their farms through satellites” “we predict storms, cyclones and other hazards, saving people's lives.”


The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate 

Nobel Laureate Berrien Moore III of University of Oklahoma will illustrate the human “inflation” of the global carbon cycle, and how increases in the concentration of greenhouse gases pose the very real possibility that humans may be altering the climate of the planet. He will explore the possibility of complementing Low Earth Orbiting satellites (such as OCO-2 and GOSAT) as a contribution in determining surface fluxes from geo-orbit. Executing these potential missions would be an extraordinary contribution of the Indian Space Research Organization – ISRO.


Earth Observation Data for disaster Management 

Vinay K Dadhwal, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (ISRO), Hyderabad, will discuss the use of Indian Earth Observation data for disaster Management. 


Impact of Disaster on Agriculture

Shibendu Shankar Ray, Director of National Crop Forecast Centre at Ministry of Agriculture will highlight the role of satellite based remote sensing data for agricultural disaster impact assessment. He will also illustrate the new observation requirements for improving the impact assessment. 


Disaster Management in Thailand, Vietnam and Russia

Anond Snidvongs Executive Director, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development agency, of the Government of Thailand will present the disaster management efforts in Thailand. Experts from the Space Technology Institute, Vietnam are offering innovative small satellites and sensors concept for disaster management efforts in Vietnam. 

The Vice-President of the International Academy of Astronautics and former Head of the Russian Space Agency, Anatoly Perminov will demonstrate the examples of emerging small satellites based tools for natural and man-made disasters worldwide and recent pilot project in Russia.  


Nano-Satellites: Developing a Niche in India

Several efforts have been underway in academia, industries and agencies from both India and the US, to develop advanced sensors and university-led small satellite based missions as demonstrated by the teams of IIT-Bombay, NIU, etc., with the support of Department of Space, Government of India. Over 10 teams will be competing for 3 prizes of $1,500 each offered by Lockheed Martin to develop innovative small satellites and sensors related concepts for different disaster management scenarios. 


Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS): Nano-Satellite Constellation for Hurricane 

Tropical cyclone track forecasts have improved in accuracy by ~50% since 1990, largely as a result of improved mesoscale and synoptic modeling and data assimilation. In that same period, there has been essentially no improvement in the accuracy of intensity forecasts. The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) consists of 8 GPS bistatic radar receivers deployed on separate nanosatellites. Scott Gleason, Head of the CYGNSS Team will address the science drivers for rapid sampling of ocean surface winds in the inner core of tropical cyclones. 


Indian Space Visionaries 

India’s space visionaries are expected to join the brainstorming discussion to help formulate international collaboration. R. Navalgund, former Director of Satellites Applications Centre of ISRO; M. Muthunayagam, Founder Director – Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, ISRO, and Secretary, Department of Ocean Development; VS Hegde, Managing Director of Antrix Corp – ISRO, Vinod Gaur, Indian Institute of Astrophysics; Satheesh Shenoi, Director, National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Ministry of Earth Sciences; amongst others. 

K. Kasturirangan, Member (Science), Planning Commission of India and former Head of ISRO; Shamika Sirimane, Director of UN-ESCAP; Barbara Ryan, Director GEO, Switzerland; are amongst the distinguished authorities contributing to this historic cause.


For further information: http://caneus.org/sstdm/index.html



Jessica Hadjis

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