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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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Full house for EDRS

13 March 2018

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

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Calling all cloud gazers: NASA needs your help!

13 March 2018

It's almost spring, the time of year when the looming change in seasons could lead to some pretty fascinating cloud activity in the sky. NASA and the GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a citizen science cloud observation challenge.

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Voyaging for the Sentinels

09 March 2018

Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26,000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.

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Aerospace Corp's iLab encourages out-of-the-box thinking without leaving home

07 March 2018

Instead of designing satellites years before they launch to perform specific tasks, what if small multi-purpose satellites were designed for a variety of jobs? And what if those satellites could be launched separately before linking in orbit to perform one mission, then reconfigured to tackle a different job?

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2018 Farming by Satellite Prize launched in European Parliament

06 March 2018

Registration for the 4th Farming by Satellite Prize was officially opened at the conference "Agriculture: a new frontier for the European space policy" in the European Parliament on 06 March. The aim of the prize is to promote Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) services in agriculture.

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Toward a satellite-based monitoring system for water quality

06 March 2018

A workshop last September introduced the concept and possible capabilities of using satellite imagery to monitor water quality in near-real time.

Special Issue of ISPRS journal - Urban environment mapping using GIS

26 February 2018

An upcoming special issue of the ISPRS international journal is dedicated to providing an overview of space-borne and airborne remote sensing and GIS research. It will focus on applications for urban areas and will explore future trends of concepts, methods, implementations, validations and applications.

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