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Airbus to develop CO3D Earth Observation programme for CNES

09 July 2019

The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM).

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NASA Satellites Find Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

08 July 2019

An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico—and it's likely here to stay. Scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg's College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover and document the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as reported in Science.

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UAE’s satellite Falcon Eye 1 launch postponed

08 July 2019

The Monday launch of the UAE's reconnaissance satellite ‘Falcon Eye 1' has been pushed back once again due to high-altitude winds in French Guiana, Arianespace has announced.

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Managing Freshwater Across the United States

05 July 2019

The varied landscapes of the United States have unique relationships with water. On the East Coast, rain is a regular occurrence. In the West, drought is a constant threat. Rivers and lakes fed by rainfall, snowmelt or a mix of both provide two-thirds of the country's drinking water while also supporting agriculture.

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What’s happening to Greenland’s ice?

05 July 2019

Heatwave conditions catapulted Greenland into an early Arctic summer in June, prompting widespread melting across its icesheet surface, according to researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

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EUMETSAT will open pilot big data services to all users in Autumn 2019

02 July 2019

The EUMETSAT Council has agreed to open four pilot 'big data' services to all users of the organisation's meteorological and climate data in Autumn 2019.

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Surviving the shaker brings better weather forecasting a step closer

02 July 2019

With the first in the next generation of Meteosat satellites due to be launched in a couple of years, an important milestone has been passed, further paving the way for better weather forecasts – something on which we all rely.

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UAE to launch Falcon Eye 1 satellite in July

01 July 2019

The UAE will launch its fourth reconnaissance satellite next month, sending the Falcon Eye 1 into space on 6 July.

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Startup shares disaster imagery, but at what cost?

28 June 2019

Government space agencies and multinational corporations have well-established mechanisms in place to respond to requests for imagery in the wake of fires, floods or other disasters. For Iceye, the Finnish firm that launched the first small radar satellite in 2018, the frequent requests pose challenges.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps to safeguard mountain pastoral systems

28 June 2019

The Peneda-Gerês National Park in northeast Portugal has been home to wild ponies for around 2500 years. Today, it also provides a rich habitat for wolves, foxes, wild boars, ibex, and deer. It also hosts otters, fish, frogs, salamanders, 147 different bird species (many migratory) and 15 bat species. Data from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are helping to safeguard this mountainous habitat.

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Satellites to the rescue after natural disasters

28 June 2019

Natural disasters showcase the widespread utility of satellite imagery. After earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes and floods, government agencies, nonprofits and emergency responders often turn to electro optical and radar imagery to gauge the severity of the damage, plan rescues, deliver aid and begin rebuilding campaigns.

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The extreme technology transforming space engineering

27 June 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. This was possible thanks to an extraordinary acceleration of space technology. Within a remarkably short period of time leading up to the event, engineers had mastered rocket propulsion, on-board computing and space operations, partially thanks to an essentially unlimited budget.

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A new way of Land Cover Mapping on a global scale

27 June 2019

The globalisation of the world's economy and the increase of its population has significant environmental consequences and puts pressure on land management the like of which has never been seen before. The health of our land is a foundation for economic activities as well as for the preservation of our ecosystems.

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Airbus strengthens its imagery capabilities with Vision-1

26 June 2019

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This new imagery offer called Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus' customers.

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The Water Future of Earth's 'Third Pole'

26 June 2019

Himalaya. Karakoram. Hindu Kush. The names of Asia's high mountain ranges conjure up adventure to those living far away, but for more than a billion people, these are the names of their most reliable water source.

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International Charter uses satellite data to assist disaster response

25 June 2019

Set up towards the end of 2000, the International Charter Space and Major Disasters has so far provided satellite images to support rescue operations in 610 major disasters in 125 countries.

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SSTL expertise enables new space mission for the FORMOSAT-7 weather constellation

25 June 2019

The successful launch on 24 June 2019 (EST) of 6 satellites for the FORMOSAT-7 joint US-Taiwanese weather forecasting constellation marks the start of another SSTL-enabled space mission, a cause for celebration at SSTL's UK HQ.

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SpaceX rocket to carry satellites that will improve Australia's weather forecasting

25 June 2019

Six satellites that will improve Australia's weather forecasting will shoot into space on the world's most powerful operational rocket today, with the help of a small team of experts in the Northern Territory.

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Copernicus - Eyes on the EU’s external borders

21 June 2019

Frontex is one of the institutions entrusted by the European Commission with the implementation of the Copernicus programme. As a Copernicus Entrusted Entity, Frontex is responsible for the border surveillance component of the Copernicus Security Service.

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NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

21 June 2019

Harmful algal blooms can cause big problems in coastal areas and lakes across the United States. When toxin-containing aquatic organisms multiply and form a bloom, it can sicken people and pets, contaminate drinking water, and force closures at boating and swimming sites.