MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Summer 2007
ISSUE 49

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Spring Workshops
Award Nominations
Scholarship Winners

State
Right of Way Maps Online
More Photos via WMS

Governor's Council
Applications FY08
Commendation Nominations

Regional
MetroGIS

Local
County GIS Association
Ramsey 2006 Orthos
Utility User Group

Federal
SSURGO update
Web Soil Survey v.2
2010 Census Tracts
2010 Census Address Update
Land Cover Website
Satellite Mission

Higher Education
U of M GIS Job Fair
St. Mary's Update

Other Places
Seamless Photos/Topos
WI GIS Coordination
City GIS Sites
Climate Change Risk
Projections Poster
European GPS Update
1507 Map of World

 

Plans for European GPS Break Down
From the Financial Times website

On March 14, 2007, the Financial Times reported plans “to launch a European satellite navigation system to rival the US global positioning system have ground to a halt following a break down in relations between governments and private contractors.”

“EU governments fear that China could launch a competitor before Galileo is airborne. Governments will confront contractors representing the cream of European space industry at a meeting next week. ‘We will give the companies an ultimatum,’ said a French diplomat. ‘But what will happen if that does not work?’ Industry sources said they doubted work would restart until there was a guarantee it could win business from GPS, the free American military system.” For the complete article, see: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0d4cb3d0-d254-11db-a7c0-000b5df10621.html.

Just before that announcement, on March 5, 2007, the Galileo website (http://www.esa.int/esaNA/galileo.html) announced “the European Space Agency awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (UK) for initial activities leading to the construction of a second spacecraft for the Galileo satellite navigation system. Named GIOVE-A2, the new satellite (estimated total value 25 to 30 million Euros) will be based on the company’s proven GIOVE-A technology. From now on, there will always be a European navigation satellite in space.”

This development obviously will be worth watching.