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Spire Global is expanding cubesat constellation to offer persistent global view

10 January 2018

A constellation of 100 to 200 radio occultation satellites, which provide detailed observations of atmospheric temperature and moisture, could be used in conjunction with geostationary weather satellites like NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16 to dramatically improve the accuracy and spatial resolution of global weather prediction models, Spire's global validation model director, MacDonald said.

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NOAA sees great promise and challenges in using data from small satellite constellations

08 January 2018

NOAA is concerned whether data products from small satellite constellations will be available over the long-term and if so, whether prices will remain stable or fluctuate over time.

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What happened to the 2007 Earth science decadal survey missions?

05 January 2018

Ten years after the National Academies published the first Earth science decadal survey, NASA has flown one of the 15 recommended missions with two more scheduled to launch in 2018.

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We need one global network of 1000 stations to build an Earth observatory

04 January 2018

Environmental challenges, climate change, water and food security and urban air pollution, they are all interlinked, yet each is studied as such, separately. This is not a sustainable situation, for anybody anymore. To tackle this, professor Markku Kulmala calls for a continuous, comprehensive monitoring of interactions between the planet's surface and atmosphere in his article "Build a global Earth observatory" published in Nature on 04 January, 2018.

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Nationwide search begins for young space entrepreneurs

02 January 2018

The UK Space Agency is offering young people expert advice for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth and a share of a £50,000 prize.

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Philippines to focus on space agency and satellites in 2018

02 January 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines is on the verge of creating a national space agency in 2018.

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2017 space launch statistics

31 December 2017

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 

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The best moments of 2017 from NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service

26 December 2017

As the Earth completes its 2017 journey around the Sun, NOAA's fleet of satellites had an amazing view along the way. This year, the NOAA Satellite and Information Services (NESDIS) team championed its commitment to provide data that matters to the American people, and helped create a Weather-Ready Nation.

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Incredible photos from space reveal the biggest news stories on Earth in 2017

18 December 2017

The year 2017 was a torrent of monumental world events, with a string of crippling natural disasters, jaw-dropping technological achievements, and geopolitical actions that ranged from uplifting to egregious.

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SSTL ships RemoveDEBRIS mission for ISS launch

18 December 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped the RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) inside a Dragon capsule on board the SpaceX CRS-14 re-supply mission, a service provided through supply agent, Nanoracks. RemoveDEBRIS is an Active Debris Removal (ADR) demonstration mission led by the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey and co-funded by the European Commission and partners.

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EUMETSAT takes ownership of two MTG ground stations after successful acceptance review

15 December 2017

The two Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) mission data acquisition (MDA) ground stations developed under a EUMETSAT contract by a European consortium led by Telespazio passed their Preliminary Acceptance Review on 30 November, after a comprehensive validation test campaign.

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Accessing Copernicus data made easier

14 December 2017

With such a lot of data available, the European Commission is making efforts to make sure that the process of accessing these data and information is easier so that issues associated with downloading and storing can be avoided.

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How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

13 December 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by CU Boulder students.

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Sentinels provide valuable support to International Disasters Charter

07 December 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel satellites have proven to be invaluable for various activations of the International Disasters Charter.

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US firm picks UK for weather satellites

06 December 2017

A miniaturised instrument to monitor the weather will be the first payload to fly on one of the UK's new publicly funded demonstration satellites.

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EarthServer: 1-plus Petabyte Analysis-ready Datacubes

05 December 2017

EarthServer, the European Union big data initiative, has reached the next milestone: in the second phase extending through April 2018, the Italian data provider MEEO S.R.L. exceeds 1 Petabyte of spatio-temporal, analysis-ready data processed through its operational Earth Observation Data Service.

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How Earth observation became Europe’s “Silicon Valley”

01 December 2017

The Copernicus Programme with its full, free and open data policy is tapping into the core of the open data movement that is powering today's tech breakthroughs, just like open source has been key to most of the innovation in the last decades.

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Soyuz satellites feared lost in launch failure

29 November 2017

Nineteen satellites launched on a Soyuz rocket on 28 November are now widely assumed to be lost, with one of the companies involved in the mission stating that the launch was a failure.

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Can satellites see you? Can you see a satellite?

27 November 2017

NOAA satellites have the capability to provide astounding views of the Earth. But many people want to know if these satellites can see their house, or even through their roofs and walls to the people inside.

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Exact moonlight measurements could aid Earth-observing missions

27 November 2017

A new telescope's unprecedented study of subtle variations in lunar light could finally give Earth-facing satellites a common reference point for their observations.

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