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On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space?

17 November 2017

A team of researchers and Pentagon contractors was recently selected to organise a space industry consortium that will consider new "rules of the road" for commercial on-orbit activities like repairing and refueling satellites.

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USGS-NASA Pecora Award recognises excellence in Earth observation

15 November 2017

Two awardees have been presented with the 2017 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

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Two new Earth Explorer concepts to understand our rapidly changing world

15 November 2017

ESA has chosen two concepts, FORUM and SKIM, to be developed further and compete to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.

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The changing colours of our living planet

13 November 2017

Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, NASA is sharing stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds.

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Mapping our way out of disaster

10 November 2017

When natural or human-induced disasters strike, emergency services have to race against the clock to bring timely support to populations in trouble. First off the blocks are crisis-mapper - like those at the SERTI - whose vital role is to track a catastrophe's impact so that aid can follow.

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Call for contributions to Copernicus publication

10 November 2017

The European Commission, European Space Agency and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) invite you to submit contributions for a new publication titled The ever growing use of Copernicus across Europe's regions.

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New ground network gives forecasters quicker access to satellite weather data

08 November 2017

Raytheon announced on 07 November that it has upgraded the Common Ground System that NASA and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will use to support the new weather satellite, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) -1 scheduled to launch on 14 November, and 10 U.S., European and Japanese spacecraft already in orbit.

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Smallsats win big prize at Copernicus Masters

08 November 2017

A constellation of small satellites that provide data on Earth's ice and soil moisture content to complement the Sentinel fleet took the top prize at this year's Copernicus Masters Competition.

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Sentinels on call for the CEMS

02 November 2017

Between May and September this year, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated more than ever, with many users needing its rapid mapping products to help respond to a range of environmental disasters.

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Terrascope: Sentinel data now readily available for all Belgian users

27 October 2017

BELSPO (the Federal Science Policy Office) has launched Terrascope, Belgium's contribution to the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment (CollGS). The CollGS is a series of agreements between ESA and its Member States and international partners to offer data distribution platforms for the Sentinel missions.

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Keeping an eye on Earth’s energy budget

24 October 2017

Observations from CERES Flight Model 6 provide a critical top-of-atmosphere dataset for Earth's "energy budget" — the balance between energy received from the Sun, and the amount of energy emitted by the Earth as thermal radiation.

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The place spacecraft go to die

21 October 2017

China's Tiangong-1 space station is currently out of control and expected to fall back to Earth next year. But not in the remote place where many other spacecraft end their days.

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How satellites can play a role in the future of farming on Prince Edward Island

20 October 2017

Agricultural specialists met in Charlottetown to learn how satellites can teach them about farming on Prince Edward Island.

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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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