"Earth from Space-2016" Conference in Moscow: the 1st Day is Through

02 December 2016
Earth from Space-2016

The VIIth «Earth from Space» International Conference, one of the key events in geoinformation sector, started on December 1 in Moscow.

The Conference was opened by Mikhail Khailov, Deputy CEO of «Roscosmos» State Corporation for Space Activities. He greeted participants and outlined the most recent trends in the Russian space sector.

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Valeriy Zaichko, Deputy Head of «Roscosmos» Division for Automated Space Facilities and Systems, detailed plans to develop Russian satellite-based ERS system, enlarge satellite constellations and commercialize data from Russian satellites.

Andrey Shumakov, SCANEX Group Director on Global Markets, briefed the audience on market changes and greater importance of web-services. He mentioned that today’s satellite imagery is becoming a powerful tool to create real-time geospatial services ranging from the global oil slick database to radar monitoring of urban infrastructure or creating world-wide digital maps. Hence operators and suppliers actively incorporate satellite imagery into business ready services targeting specific needs of their clients.

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The next speakers’ presentations logically extended and confirmed ideas put forward by Andrey Shumakov. Representatives of leading global satellite data operators (Airbus DS, Digital Globe, MDA and UrtheCast) discussed new opportunities offered by satellite-based imaging. Andrey Strelkov, Head of Yandex GIS Services, described the company’s developments to integrate satellite data into «Yandex. Maps» mapping service.

The Plenary Session set the pace for the second part of the business agenda. The participants of sessions on operational monitoring, agriculture, geoanalytics and nature use, discussed practical application and prospects of spatial data addressing specific tasks. More detailed information on the specialized sessions will be presented in the next news bulletins.

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The meeting with Sergey Avdeev, the 74th astronaut and a Hero of Russia, one of the global record-holders of staying in space (for 747 full days), was the last event on the business agenda. The legendary space pilot astronaut dwelled upon the space sector’s role in ERS, life conditions on orbital stations and staying in outer space.

The first day of «Earth from Space» Conference was crowned by a gala dinner, where participants went on discussing space-related subjects and relaxed after a fruitful and busy day.

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The VIIth «Earth from Space» International Conference will resume its work on December 2. The program will include a plenary session and specialized sections addressing the role of satellite data in education, environmental protection and expert assessment as well as technologies required to handle spatial data.

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