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ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter

16 October 2017

When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable.

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International Charter space data to support Red Cross and Red Crescent disaster relief efforts

13 October 2017

On the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' agreement with the UNITAR-UNOSAT is to be extended to include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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Tracking debris in Earth's orbit with centimetre precision using efficient laser technology

05 October 2017

Uncontrollable Flying objects in orbit are a massive risk in low Earth orbit space flight. Therefore, a research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Germany, has now especially developed a fibre laser that reliably determines the position and direction of the space debris' movement to mitigate these risks.

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Ideas wanted in science for society

04 October 2017

ESA is offering over 100 opportunities for industry, start-ups and scientific institutions to develop innovative ideas that bring Earth observation science closer to society.

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Europe plans Sentinel satellite expansion

28 September 2017

Europe has begun the process of scoping an expansion to its Sentinel Earth observation network.

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Free course shows satellites’ role in monitoring oceans’ influence on weather, climate

28 September 2017

The devastation wrought in America and the Caribbean by hurricanes, the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the impact of sea surface temperature in the Pacific on weather in Europe might not seem to have much in common.

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Why don’t satellites fall out of the sky?

27 September 2017

If you've ever wondered how satellites maintain their orbit and don't just drop out of the sky you're not alone. It turns out this is one of the most asked questions about how satellites work.

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UNOOSA and JAXA open third round of KiboCUBE

26 September 2017

On 26 September, the Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced the opening of the third round of the KiboCUBE initiative.

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Australia to create national space agency

25 September 2017

Australia will establish a national space agency, the government has said. The country is largely reliant on overseas nations like the United States for its satellite and earth observation data.

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Call for new Earth Explorer mission ideas

25 September 2017

As part of ESA's commitment to realise new satellite missions that advance our understanding of Earth, benefit society and demonstrate innovative space technologies, a call is now open for new Earth Explorer ideas.

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Sentinels shine at Earth Observation data exploitation course

21 September 2017

Nearly 100 young scientists from 30 countries recently gathered at the Szent István University in Hungary, to attend a training course on land applications using satellite data and tools.

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Travel app wins top prize at App Camp

18 September 2017

An app that uses satellite imagery to give flight travellers an interactive, bird's-eye view of their routes took the top prize at this year's Space App Camp at ESA's centre in Frascati, Italy.

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Earth through different eyes

15 September 2017

In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragility of our planet. But astronauts were not the only ones with their eyes on Earth.

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Hurricane Watch: How satellites track huge storms from space

09 September 2017

Sophisticated satellites are helping scientists monitor the volatility of Hurricanes Irma, Katia and Jose in the Atlantic basin.

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When disaster strikes, NASA brings the power of space

05 September 2017

NASA's Earth Science Disasters Program has ramped up to build the infrastructure and the personal relationships and institutional partnerships needed to save lives and property worldwide.

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How weather satellites have changed the view from up there

30 August 2017

The world's first weather satellite, the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1) launched 57 years ago on 01 April, 1960. Weather satellites have changed how humans view the future, making it possible to foresee weather-related disasters before they arrive and better prepare for them.

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Accessing Copernicus data in near-real-time via CODA and EUMETCast

30 August 2017

On 28 August, EUMETSAT's near-real-time dissemination service went to the next level when CODA, EUMETSAT's Copernicus Online Data Access service, became operationally available to users via the new single-sign on option.

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Microsatellite radar imaging startup raises $13M to launch new constellation

28 August 2017

Finland-based ICEYE is launching a constellation of microsatellites with the aim of helping provide a view from space where traditional imaging cannot, with images delivered within a few hours using a technology that is typically very expensive and difficult to deploy. The startup uses something called synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to observe Earth even through clouds and in darkness, and it's gearing up to launch its first three SAR-equipped microsatellites within the next year.

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New portal for EVDC

22 August 2017

The ESA Atmospheric Validation Data Center (EVDC) has been migrated to a new portal with upgraded functionalities and new tools. The portal offers access to both Cal/Val data and Satellite products for specific missions. The user community is invited to exploit these new features and to contact the EVDC team for any further information.

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Options grow for smallsats seeking secondary payload opportunities

17 August 2017

The latest entrant in the field is Precious Payload, a company that seeks to provide a global reservation service for smallsat secondary payloads analogous to booking airline tickets or hotel rooms.

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