Hello, and welcome to this Asia Pacific-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Bentley Systems.

Today’s Top Story is DIWATA-1, the first micro satellite developed by the Republic of the Philippines. The 50-kilogram micro satellite was launched aboard the ISS Japanese Experiment Module Kibo on March 23, 2016, and it was deployed into space on April 27th.

DIWATA-1 took about one year to develop and is equipped with an imaging device of four different magnifications as well as a telescope with a ground resolution of three meters. It also contains a liquid-crystal spectrum camera capable of taking images at 590 spectral bands, similar to cameras aboard much-larger satellites.

DIWATA-1 is expected to observe meteorological disasters such as typhoons and localized heavy rains as well as monitor agriculture, fisheries, forests and the environment.

That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip of Greg Bentley, the CEO of Bentley Systems, at the recent SPAR 3D Expo and Conference.

At Australian airports, almost 180 ground-based navigation aids and associated non-precision approach procedures, such as radio beacons and distance-measuring devices, will be withdrawn from service on May 26, 2016, as the country is moving to more-accurate, mandated Global Navigation Satellite System navigation technology.

Apple opened its first development center in Hyderabad, India, focusing on its Apple Maps and digital navigation service. The company’s servers will be located in the United States, but technical and support services will be in India. The new hub is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and accelerate map development for the company.

In industry headlines, Japan’s NTT Data announced that its AW3D global digital map service became the world’s first five-meter-resolution 3D digital elevation map covering all global land spaces, including Antarctica.

LizardTech released its Express Server 9.5 software for automated imagery access, adding new features for instant visualization, a more-customized user experience and streamlined setup.

BJ Open Tide BoGuan IT, an aerial mapping firm in Beijing, China, has taken delivery of China’s 10th Leica DMC III airborne digital camera.

Ozius Spatial in Australia won an award for Improving Planning Processes and Practices for an online tool that accurately estimates the environmental costs of planning and development decisions.

And GPS chip maker U-blox launched its Neo-M8P GNSS module in South Korea with hopes to expand in the Korean unmanned aerial system market.

For today’s Final Thought, here’s a clip from a video recently produced by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency about weather monitoring. Yes, it’s all in Japanese, but as this episode is geared toward our Asia Pacific audience, we’re going to give it a whirl.

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I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.