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Space Technologies for the Benefit of Human Society and Earth [Hardcover]

Phillip Olla
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April 7, 2009 1402095724 978-1402095726 2009
Overview of Space Technology It has been over 50 years since the rst satellite was sent into orbit, and the impact of space technology can be felt in many aspects in our day to day life. In addition to the convenience of knowing exactly where we are on the planet via GPS satellites; or deciding what to pack for a trip based on forecasts from weather satellites; watching CNNinaremotevillageviabroadcasting satellites;therearenowsomecrucialen- ronmental uses of Space technologies in the areas of natural resources management and environmental monitoring. Remotely sensed data reveals an unparallel view of the Earth for systems that require synoptic or periodic observations such as inv- tory control, surveying, agriculture, business, mineralogy, hydrography, geology, land mass cover, land utilization and environment monitoring. The advancement of remote sensing has made remote sensed data more affordable and available to merge with a variety of data sources to create mash-ups. The amalgamation of these data sources into disciplines such as agriculture, urban planning, web applications, cartography, geodetic reference systems, and global navigation satellite systems, are an important advancement of space applications and space science. Space Technology and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) The MDGs are a set of time-bound, measurable goals and targets that are global as well as country-speci c for combating poverty, hunger, diseases, illiteracy, envir- mental degradation and discrimination against women.

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When discussing the advancement of space science and space technology, most people instinctively think about deep space flights, lunar stations, and thrilling outer space adventures. The fact is that the majority of the human technology in space, which consists of interconnected satellites, points towards Earth, and is used to provide services for and fulfil the goals of people on planet Earth.

Over the next decade, there will be an increased need for innovative Earth information systems to support the international space community's efforts to provide a robust infrastructure. This book describes some of the most important applications being developed, along with the space infrastructure upgrades being implemented to support them.
It also provides a comprehensive review of how space technology can be used to resolve fundamental environmental, technological, and humanitarian challenges that we are experiencing on our planet. Finally, the book demonstrates to the IT and business communities how space technology can be incorporated into terrestrial IT applications to facilitate decision-making.

 


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  • Hardcover: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402095724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402095726
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is an edited volume with chapters devoted to the benefits of this world's international space programs. I recall not too long ago I heard on the radio an editorial knocking the American aerospace industry and concluding that it is all a waste of money, thus, all NASA funding should be cut to help balance the budget. The editor of this volume recognizes the fact that about "one fifth of the world's population live on less than $1 a day." Nonetheless, the contributors to this volume highlight the good that is done, even for the world's poor, by the technologies that have been born and nourished within the space programs around the globe. There are 21 contributed chapters to this volume in 4 main focus areas, which are: 1) global resource management; 2) health and communications; 3) disasater management; and 4) sociological examples. With the expense of the volume you'd think errors in spelling such as "heath" in lieu of "health" in two title locations would be avoided, but such is life within an international volume. The contributors come from around the world, and not just country space agencies. This is a volume that questions the validity of that radio editorial I heard, and although this book's price makes it unavailable to the poor, it does demonstrate that everyone on this planet has benefited from space programs and their derivatives.
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