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Celebrating a Mission that changed how we use Radar

11 October 2019

11 October, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of the end of a space mission that transformed the way we use radar to observe large-scale environmental processes on our home planet. The Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) mission made available to people worldwide the scientific data used to this day to inform decisions to slow and mitigate climate change.

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ICON begins study of Earth’s Ionosphere

10 October 2019

A Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket launched NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite at 9:59 p.m. EDT on 10 October from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) to study the dynamic zone in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather from above.

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Countdown To GMES & Africa And Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training 2019

10 October 2019

The anticipated GMES & Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training geared towards teaching the underlying principles of ocean remote sensing, how to access relevant data, and how to work with it using various open-source tools will begin with its online pre-course phase from the 21st of October until the 8th of November followed by the workshop phase which will take place at the Maru Hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania from the 12th – 20th of November 2019.

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Earth observation customers want speedy satellite tasking

10 October 2019

The September drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities touched off a frenzy of activity at Ursa Space, a satellite data and analytics company based in Ithaca, New York.

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How next generation lasers are transforming business

09 October 2019

In 2017, the European Space Agency launched the Sentinel 5-p satellite as part of its advanced Earth observation programme, Copernicus. The technology on board allows humans for the first time to map dozens of otherwise invisible atmospheric pollutants and their effects on the planet, establishing facts about climate change that will be critical if there's to be meaningful agreement between nations to stop it.

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Terra Mission Team, land lover scientist honoured

08 October 2019

The team behind one of NASA's most productive Earth-observing satellite missions and a leading scientist who has studied the impact of humans on global land cover changes have been honoured with the 2019 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing.

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Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?

08 October 2019

As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences. While our vast oceans are helping to take the heat out of climate change, new research shows that they are absorbing a lot more atmospheric carbon dioxide than previously thought – but these positives may be outweighed by the downsides.

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Pecora Award honours excellence in Earth Observation

08 October 2019

Two awardees have been recognised with the 2019 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

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Investment Continues To Flow Into Remote Sensing SmallSat Industry Even As Competition Intensifies

08 October 2019

Small satellites are playing an increasingly important role in the commercial market. Since 2013, new companies have introduced business models that use large fleets of small satellites to conduct Earth observation. Traditional remote sensing satellites like DigitalGlobe's WorldView-4 can cost upward of $450 million each. On the other hand, small remote sensing satellites can be built and launched for under $1 million.

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25th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Missions SIR-C/X-SAR

07 October 2019

Earth observers like to 'look' at the Earth with radar sensor systems. They allow high-precision images of the surface and have a great advantage over optical cameras: images can be taken not only in excellent visibility, but also in cloudy conditions, rain or at night. Research into space-based radar technologies has a long history. A milestone was the multi-frequency radar system SIR-C/X-SAR. 25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew around the world twice, in April and October 1994. It was the most advanced civil radar in Earth orbit at that time – and for Earth observation it was as big a step as the transition from black-and-white to colour film in photography.

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Industry weighs government’s role in satellite servicing

07 October 2019

With the first commercial satellite servicing spacecraft about to launch, industry executives argue that government agencies, primarily seen as developers of key servicing technologies, also need to be customers of those systems.

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ICEYE Partners with ST Engineering to Develop South East Asia Markets for SAR Imagery and Analytics

07 October 2019

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a commercial reseller agreement with ST Engineering Geo-Insights Pte Ltd. to serve the commercial and government markets in South East Asia. As a part of the agreement, the two companies will provide mutual support to develop the regional and global market for rapid revisit, high resolution SAR imagery and SAR based geospatial analytics.

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Nature Map Earth to help governments operationalize targets for biodiversity conservation and restoration

05 October 2019

Not too long ago, the Earth's lungs were burning, leaving environmentalists all over the world very worried. According to Wikipedia, almost 906,000 hectares of Amazon forest land burned in the fire.

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Gaofen satellite launched by Long March 4C

04 October 2019

China launched a new remote sensing satellite on Friday, with a Long March 4C lofting Gaofen-10's replacement. The launch took place at 18:50 UTC from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

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Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Successful Years

04 October 2019

The Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the third in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions designed to measure sea surface height, successfully ended its science mission on 01 October. NASA and its mission partners made the decision to end the mission after detecting deterioration in the spacecraft's power system.

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App provides Sentinel-3 data to water quality managers

02 October 2019

Water, whether in the coastal ocean, or inland lakes and reservoirs, is a vital resource for human activities, and an important ecosystem.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Deep Learning help advance sea ice information service

02 October 2019

A Danish R&D project is developing an automatic sea ice product service, which can meet the increased demands for better and more timely sea ice information, using the extensive amount of free and available data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, along with novel machine learning techniques for satellite data fusion and sea-ice information retrieval.

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NASA Wants Your Help Identifying Clouds: Fall Cloud Challenge

01 October 2019

Who knew being a scientist could be as easy as pointing your phone at the sky? For the second year in a row, NASA and The GLOBE Program are asking citizen scientists to take out their phones and report what kinds of clouds they see.

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Software fix planned to restore DSCOVR

30 September 2019

A space weather and Earth observation satellite that has been offline for more than three months could be restored to normal operations with new software, but that fix is not expected to be completed until early next year.

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Sources of climate science

30 September 2019

Last week, students and environmentalists took part in a high-profile global climate strike started by youth activist Greta Thunberg. The remarkable media attention for the events has caused many to wonder about the science of climate change. How do we know what we know?