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Governance, Education, and Infrastructure

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. Increasingly, United…

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Satellite Sentinel Records Humanitarian Abuses

The Satellite Sentinel Project, a collaboration between Google, the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and other nongovernmental organizations, is attempting to use similar technology…

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Satellite Infrastructure Supports Middle East Media

Satellite communications play a very important role in developing nations, which often lack extensive ground-based infrastructure. In order to improve its broadcasting capabilities, Iraq is in the process of deploying new satellite television…

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Vatican Library Saved by Heavenly Technology

Governments also employ space technology to safeguard important and culturally significant artifacts. When the Vatican library needed to digitize antique books, it turned to a data format originally developed for storing astronomical data.…

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Astronomers Reach Out to Developing World

The importance of space as a driver for education also extends to other parts of the world. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has begun implementing a strategic plan titled “Astronomy for the…

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NASA Helps with STEM-infused Learning

The space industry plays a vital role in supporting government, enabling education, and providing critical infrastructure. Particularly in developing countries, satellite services are able to meet communication needs in the absence of…

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Earth Observation Imagery Reduces Copper Thefts

The high-resolution imaging capabilities of satellites can be used to help power utilities with maintenance and planning. High rates of copper wiring theft at electrical substations motivated electricity company Dominion Virginia…

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