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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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UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSar constellation by a year

15 August 2017

An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast's proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation.

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FV3: The next step for NOAA’s global forecast modelling

03 August 2017

NOAA is developing its next generation global prediction system, and at its heart is the Finite­ Volume Cubed-Sphere dynamical core (FV3) modernizing the National Weather Service's approach to weather modelling.

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NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide

01 August 2017

A team of NASA scientists plan at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is further enhancing the Planetary Spectrum Generator, or PSG, which has attracted hundreds of expert and non-expert users worldwide, mainly through word-of-mouth advertising, since going online just a year ago.

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DSTL leads effort to de-orbit satellites

27 July 2017

CanX-7 is part of the Daedalus experiment, an effort led by scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to tackle space junk.

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Surfers, satellites and sea

25 July 2017

Measuring the temperature at the surface of the ocean is crucial to understanding its biological, physical and chemical environment. The sea surface temperature (SST) influences how gases move between the sea and the atmosphere, the distribution and feeding of marine animals such as fish, whales and seabirds, and may impact global and regional climates. Any changes in SST can have major effects on how the ocean behaves and on the life it sustains. Understanding the changing environment and the potential ramifications of climate change depends on accurate measurements and regular monitoring.

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NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth’s energy system

20 July 2017

It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on 03 Aug, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the event in Boulder, NASA scientists will explore the moon's eclipse of the sun to learn more about Earth's energy system.

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Model upgrade improves forecast quality

12 July 2017

An upgrade of ECMWF's Integrated Forecasting System (IFS) implemented on 11 July improves forecast skill in medium-range and monthly forecasts.

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Challenges and opportunities for coastal altimetry

06 July 2017

Satellite altimetry—long established as an essential tool for open-ocean oceanography and sea level studies—is now also supporting diverse applications in the coastal zone. These applications include monitoring storm surges and mapping coastal dynamics, wind, and waves, information that can be assimilated in coastal models.

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Unlocking the power of research data

29 June 2017

The JRC Data Catalogue is an online platform which provides scientists, policy makers, data journalists and other users quick access to science data on a wide range of topics.

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Rideshare demand grows despite development of small launch vehicles

23 June 2017

Despite the ongoing development of a fleet of small launch vehicles, both launch providers and customers continue to see demand for flying small satellites as secondary payloads on larger rockets.

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Airbus and partners launch ‘Starling’ satellite service

22 June 2017

Airbus, together with non-profit organisation The Forest Trust (TFT) and radar satellite imagery expert SarVision, have launched Starling, an innovative satellite service enabling companies to demonstrate how they are implementing their ‘No Deforestation' commitments.

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China to launch four more probes before 2021

16 June 2017

China will launch a further four space probes before 2021 as part of the efforts to develop space science, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

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