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Vanguard 1 celebrates its 59th anniversary in space

23 March 2017

This year marks the 59th Anniversary of the Vanguard I satellite's launch into space. Part of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Vanguard Program, this satellite was launched on 17 March, 1958. The first of three successful Vanguard launches, this satellite was America's second foray into space after Explorer I, the first of which to be powered by solar energy.

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ISRO joins 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica

21 March 2017

Climate change is the thrust area of the 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (36-ISEA). The main objective of this expedition is to install stakes on ice for Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) measurements around Bharati and Maitri to validate glacier surface velocity derived from satellite data to estimate thickness of snow over land and sea ice using Ground Penetrating Radars (GPR's) and also to verify conditions of snow over sea and land ice.

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Sentinel-3 Validation Team forge ahead with satellite data

16 March 2017

Feedback from the Sentinel-3 Validation Team meeting provided essential information to ESA and EUMETSAT to progress with the evolution and improvement of Sentinel-3's core data products.

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Drawing found at NOAA forecasted the potential of meteorological satellites

13 March 2017

Dr. Harry Wexler, director of meteorological research for the U.S. Weather Bureau (the precursor to the National Weather Service), was a strong proponent of the idea that satellites would be of "great value," for both warning people about approaching severe weather and gathering information about the atmosphere. Yet, despite his advocacy, Wexler knew he needed to do more than tell his colleagues about the scientific advantages of satellites, he had to show them. In 1954, he did just that.

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How low can you go? New project to bring satellites nearer to Earth

03 March 2017

The University of Manchester is leading a multi-million pound project to develop satellites which will orbit much closer to the Earth – making them smaller, cheaper, helping to dodge space debris and improving the quality of images they can send back.

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A photon debut: Student short film for NASA mission premieres

03 March 2017

He's one in a trillion. He travels at 186,000 miles per second, avoiding obstacles as he zooms toward Earth on an essential mission. But will he return safely? This hero is Pho, a plucky bright green photon that is the star of an animation created by art students in collaboration with NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission.

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Flotilla of tiny satellites will photograph the entire Earth every day

23 February 2017

On 14 February, earth scientists and ecologists received a Valentine's Day gift from the San Francisco, California-based company Planet, which launched 88 shoebox-sized satellites on a single Indian rocket. They joined dozens already in orbit, bringing the constellation of "Doves," as these tiny imaging satellites are known, to 144.

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GEOSS users and Data Provider Workshops to benefit from GEOSS enhancements

21 February 2017

ESA is an active member of the intergovernmental Group of Earth Observation (GEO), being responsible for the implementation and operations of the GEOSS Portal, the main graphical user interface of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that allows for discovery and access to Earth observation data from more than 150 national and regional providers, covering more than 200 million open data resources already.

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ESA affirms Open Access policy for images, videos and data

20 February 2017

ESA today announced it has adopted an Open Access policy for its content such as still images, videos and selected sets of data.

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India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket

15 February 2017

An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on 14 February, the largest pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.

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Browse, plot and download CryoSat products with VtCryoSat

14 February 2017

VtCryoSat is a new ESA tool developed by VisioTerra (France) in order to easily browse and download CryoSat products through an interactive and graphical web interface.

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Smallsat builders admit a little bigger might be better

09 February 2017

What's the perfect size for a small satellite? "The answer is 42 kilograms," said Martin Sweeting, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. founder and executive chairman said at the Small Satellite Symposium here.

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Meet the Sentinel-2 Data Quality Manager

09 February 2017

Today we are interviewing ESA's Dr Ferran Gascon who is responsible for the quality of the data from the Sentinel-2 mission.

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NASA makes an EPIC upgrade to website for daily Earth pictures

02 February 2017

NASA has upgraded its website that provides daily views of the Earth from one million miles away. NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera imagery website was recently updated allowing the public to choose natural or enhanced colour images of the Earth and even zoom into an area on the globe.

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Launch woes diminish demand for small satellites

02 February 2017

Challenges finding launches for small satellites not only decreased the number of such spacecraft launched last year but also have depressed long-term demand, according to a new forecast.

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Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs

31 January 2017

Young people have the chance to win £10,000 in a competition to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth.

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NOAA satellites helped save 307 lives in 2016

19 January 2017

Forty-six crew members, with their lives hanging in the balance, were safely pulled from a sinking fishing vessel in the Bering Sea near Alaska last July. It was the largest single rescue in, or around, the United States credited to NOAA satellites and ground systems.

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Meet the Sentinel-1 Data Quality Manager

19 January 2017

An interview was conducted recently with ESA's Dr Nuno Miranda, who is responsible for the quality of the data from the Sentinel-1 mission.

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