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In The News: Counting albatrosses from space

Tessa Evans posted in on May 8th, 2017.

The number of Northern Royal albatrosses living on some rocky sea-stacks near the Chatham Islands have been counted from space, the first time an entire population has been counted by satellite. The Northern Royal albatross is endemic to New Zealand, but populations have been hard to count — especially the colonies on remote, inaccessible islands. […]

NZ Company reveals low cost rockets

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2014.

New Zealand based company Rocket Lab has unveiled its low cost rocket, Electron, which they claim will revolutionise the commercial space industry The company officially launched the Electron programme at their Auckland headquarters this week.  The carbon composite rocket has a price tag of $5 million US and Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck says it […]

Solar storm – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 9th, 2012.

Two solar flares that occurred on the sun on 7 March have caused a large cloud of charged particles (a coronal mass ejection; CME) to hurtle towards Earth. A statement, video and images can be found on the NASA website, with the latest update noting that the CME has reached the edge of the Earth’s […]

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NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Eyes in the skies keeping track of events below

Peter Griffin posted in on February 28th, 2011.

Anthony Doesburg writes in the New Zealand Herald about how New Zealand could make far greater use of satellite images, for everything from aiding emergency response and maritime patrol, to monitoring pasture. There are almost 1,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth, and there are plans afoot to get NZ more involved in space by […]

Newsletter Digest: Kepler launch, when science stories go bad, SMC is hiring

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2011.

Spacecraft’s progress tracked from NZ The Johannes Kepler unmanned spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station after a successful launch from French Guiana yesterday. Progress of the automated transport vehicle which is being used to send supplies to the ISS, remove waste and to help reposition the ISS with the help of […]

Nelson Mail: Satellite helps cave rescues

Peter Griffin posted in on March 1st, 2010.

The Nelson Mail reports on the successful testing of a new technology to help rescue stranded and lots cavers. The technology, which uses a satellite link to allow broadband internet access in rugged and inaccessible New Zealand terrain, gave rescuers better access to information, and an improved likelihood of finding people who are lost. An […]

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