World Space Week starts on ThursdayListen /
World Space Week started on Thursday with the unveiling of a navigation satellite model for display at the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria.
The Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is based on a constellation of active satellites which continuously transmit coded signals.
Satellite navigation systems are used for various purposes, including transportation by car, airplanes, trains and buses.
Mazlan Othman, the Director of UNOOSA says that space technology can also be used for search and rescue operations after disasters involving ships or planes.
"On top of that when a disaster happens as in an earthquake or a tsunami, the images that you get from satellites are critical for you to assess rapidly what the damage is and from you from the data in the past estimate what the impacts are and from there you can predict what further impacts are going to be."
World Space Week, from 4 to 10 October, was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1999 to celebrate the contributions of space, science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.