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Ray Helmering and Thomas R. Loveland have been named the 2009 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.  The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep­tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). 

ITT Corporation celebrated the successful launch of the NOAA-N Prime weather satellite aboard the ULA Delta II 7320-10C from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The NOAA-N Prime carries three sounding instruments; among them is ITT's High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS/4). The satellite also boasts two radiometers including ITT's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR/3).

Pictometry International, a provider of geo-referenced aerial image libraries whose patented and proprietary technology is used globally to capture oblique imagery, will be showcasing its state-of-the-art technologies at the 2009 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference hosted by URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) and IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers) February 9-11 in Charleston, SC.

Contracts for supplying a range of geographic information to central government for the next four years have been awarded to Ordnance Survey and its business partner, Landmark.

There's further expansion for IXSEA as it opens a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. .

GeoEye, a provider of satellite and aerial-based geospatial information, announced the start of commercial operations for its new GeoEye-1 Earth-imaging satellite. The Company is also submitting imagery from the satellite to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for their certification under the terms of the NextView contract.

Green Mountain Power of Vermont can now rely on accurate asset data and respond quickly to outages with geographic information system (GIS) technology procured through ESRI's Small Utility Enterprise License Agreement (SU-ELA) program. GIS is a mission-critical tool proven to support dozens of business functions of a utility, extending from asset, vegetation, leak, and outage management to inspection, maintenance, and as-built record keeping. The SU-ELA program makes it easier and more affordable for utilities in the United States with 100,000 meters/connections or fewer to get started or expand their GIS.

ESRI, provider of geographic information system (GIS) software, will describe how ArcGIS Server with IBM Maximo Spatial delivers a single, scalable solution for asset and facilities management (FM) at IBM's Pulse conference being held February 8-12, 2009, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESRI will demonstrate and discuss how customers can design and deploy one continuous, enterprise geodatabase for assets both inside and outside facilities, giving property and facilities management professionals the tools and data they need to manage land, infrastructure, and building assets.

RapidEye announced that their system has successfully completed all post-launch testing and calibration activities, and is now ready to take on commercial operations.