The launch of Turkey's Earth ObservationSatellite Göktürk-2 is scheduled for 19 December 2012, 18:13 Turkey time. Turkey’s first domestic observation satellite, Rasat, was successfully launched into space in August 2011.
Nigeria's latest Earth observation satellites have returned their first pictures. The spacecraft, launched on 17 August, give the African nation a powerful new capability to map its own lands and other parts of the globe.
Seven small satellites to serve organizations on four continents rocketed out of a missile silo in Russia and roared into orbit on Wednesday, August 17, on top of a Dnepr rocket. The international payloads blasted off at 0712 GMT (3:12 a.m. EDT) from a space base near Yasny, Russia, a small community in the Orenburg region in the southern part of the country.