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NOAA satellite launch 20 years ago marked start of new era

11 May 2018

Sunday 13 May, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of a new era in meteorological satellite observations.

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Kenya set to launch Sh100m satellite

07 May 2018

Kenya is on Friday set to launch its first locally made Sh100 million satellite, officially marking the country's venture into space science.

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ESA and Vatican work to preserve heritage data

04 May 2018

Following an agreement signed in 2016, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have presented the preliminary results on how they are using the same method to manage their respective long-term data preservation projects and how this can create new initiatives.

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Fraunhofer launches space radar and satellite technologies for avoiding orbital debris

27 April 2018

New innovations - including the GESTRA and TIRA surveillance radar systems - are expected to help reduce the cost of going into space, and protect orbiting assets from collisions.

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A new angle for Third Party Missions data

25 April 2018

Recent changes for accessing ESA's Third Party Missions are bringing new benefits to users of Earth observation data worldwide.

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NASA, University of Twente join forces to connect space to village

20 April 2018

A new partnership between NASA and the University of Twente aims to help people in developing countries harness the power of Earth observations and geospatial technologies.

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EuroGEOSS Request for Expressions of Intent

17 April 2018

From 16 April to 30 June 2018, public or private organisations involved in developing innovative applications based on Earth Observations (EO) and located in European GEO member countries are invited to come forward with voluntary Expressions of Intent for networking along the value chain.

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Environmental group plans satellite to track greenhouse gas emissions

13 April 2018

An environmental group announced plans 11 April to develop and operate its own satellite to track one particular greenhouse gas, the latest sign of the proliferation of smallsat technology.

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Microlaunchers – A reorganisation of the route to space

11 April 2018

The Ariane launch vehicle family and the Vega launcher guarantee Europe's independent access to space. With an eye on the now rapidly changing situation in the launch market, the question is being asked - how can this successful portfolio of space launchers be expanded in the future? Additionally, what is the outlook in this for new and unconventional ideas?

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Exploring Patagonia with help from Copernicus

06 April 2018

The Incognita Patagonia expedition investigates glacial evolution, mapping for the first time one of the most remote and unknown areas of Patagonia. The explorers are using Copernicus Sentinel data to develop a new cartographic map of Hoste Island, the second largest island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

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Keeping a watch on sea surface temperature

05 April 2018

Sea surface temperature data are crucial for operational weather forecasting, operational ocean forecasting and for monitoring the Earth's climate.

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Copernicus Masters now open

03 April 2018

Awarding outstanding ideas and applications that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society, the Copernicus Masters 2018 competition is now open for submissions.

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China space lab burns up on re-entry over Pacific Ocean

02 April 2018

China's Tiangong 1 space lab, home to two astronaut crews in 2012 and 2013, fell back to Earth uncontrolled Sunday, likely burning up over the Pacific Ocean as satellite trackers monitored the module's gradual descent from orbit.

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Space junk demo mission launches

02 April 2018

A UK-led experiment to tackle space junk has been sent into orbit. It takes the form of a small satellite that will practise techniques for tracking debris and capturing it.

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NASA visualises the dance of a melting snowflake

29 March 2018

NASA has produced the first three-dimensional numerical model of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere. Snowflake research is one of many ways that NASA studies the frozen regions of Earth, collectively known as the cryosphere.

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African art is space-bound

22 March 2018

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) today announced a competition for African artists which will see the winner's creation gracing the launcher of a meteorological satellite in 2021.

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Water and the Data Cube revolution

22 March 2018

Every day satellites are orbiting the Earth and generating a massive amount of Earth observations data – much of which is left unused. As the amount of available open data grows exponentially, analysts have become unable to handle these raw datasets with traditional methods and technology.

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Could Africa’s agricultural challenges be solved by satellite data?

22 March 2018

There has been a significant growth in the availability of satellite data in recent years, providing access to information on air quality, soil composition, ocean currents, and seismic activity.

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New Ocean Monitoring Indicators provide key reference for climate change

21 March 2018

The Copernicus Marine Service has released a new ocean information product. The Ocean Monitoring Indicators (OMIs) are free downloadable datasets which cover the past 25 years of key variables used in monitoring oceanic trends in line with climate change, including ocean warming, sea level rise and melting of sea ice. This free and open ocean information allows users to track the vital health signs of the ocean over the past quarter of a century.

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Big harpoon is 'solution to space junk'

15 March 2018

Airbus is testing a big harpoon to snare rogue or redundant satellites and pull them out of the sky.

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