ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 26 Feb 2015, 12:35 UTC For the first time ever, the Italian Space Agency is offering complete data sets from the COSMO-SkyMed radar satellite constellation (CSK) free of charge. Two separate Open Calls were published today, targeted at the national and international scientific community and national private sector SMEs, start-ups and university spin-offs. A similar initiative took place four years ago, although with different criteria and offered exclusively to the scientific community. The goal - according to the two calls - is to "promote the development of new algorhythms" while also contributing to "improving existing products and services" and the development of "innovative technological applications": all exclusively for civilian use.ASI President Roberto Battiston explained that "COSMO-SkyMed is a highly advanced system that has already let Italy achieve some important international agreements in the field of Earth Observation (...) With these two Open Calls, ASI is making an important choice and moving towards promoting civilian use of a system which, as we know, was conceived for both purposes".Less than two weeks before the results of the 4th Call for SMEs are announced, this initiative involving CSK data is part of the same process, confirming the Italian Space Agency's commitment to the peaceful use of Space and ...
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NASA Breaking News 25 Feb 2015, 19:48 UTC NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America's space program.
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 25 Feb 2015, 15:40 UTC NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera on its robotic arm to record the pieces of a portrait that shows the rover within a panorama of the area it is studying.