Singapore is getting ready to launch its TeLEOS-1 Earth Observationsatellite. TeLEOS-1 will be the first Singapore-made commercial satellite. The launch is planned for the end of 2014 on board of the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar satellite launch vehicle.
Members of the Interinstitutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management (EIGEO-GR)
Following the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in January 2010 as well as the consequent Institutional Strenghtening Mission (ISM) in November 2011, the interinstitutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management (Equipo de Información Geo-Espacial para Gestión de Riesgos - EIGEO-GR) was established in the Dominican Republic. It incorporates nearly 15 government ministries, agencies and university centers. EIGEO-GR is headed by a representative of the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias).
The one-week training for EIGEO-GR members in Santo Domingo focused on the use of space-based information in case of floods. It comprised lectures as well as hands-on training using different data types and software packages.
The International Space Station (ISS) partner agencies released a common statement on 17 July 2013 underlining the benefits of the space station during disasters caused by natural hazards on Earth. The ISS partner agencies US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Russian Federal Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency stated "The ISS Partners are committed to continuing to share this unique asset in space and the benefits it brings to life on Earth."