eoPortal News: Did you know?
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.
Do three events constitute a trend? For many in the Earth-observation industry, the answer seems to be yes.
'Sentinel Stories' is presented by Malì Cecere. In this video, produced by ESA, Professor Andreas Kääb of the University of Oslo describes his work with data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and what sort of benefits these bring to him and his team.
06 June 2017
On 17 May 2007, ECMWF scientist Johannes Flemming initiated the Centre's first atmospheric composition forecast.
05 June 2017
Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet.
05 June 2017
Wearing white sneakers, a cowboy hat and overalls, Bernie Fowler walks into Maryland's Patuxent River every June to see how deep he can go and still see the tops of his shoes. As a young man he could see his feet on the river bottom as he stood chest-deep to net blue crabs. Now in his nineties, he ventures into the river to assess the water clarity. Fowler has been collecting this data point for the past 29 years and counting, calling it "sneaker depth".
30 May 2017
A British company has announced its intention to launch a big constellation of Earth observation satellites.
Work on exploiting new satellite instruments that will provide unprecedented details of the weather at different levels of the atmosphere is making good progress, an international meeting hosted by ECMWF has heard.
X-Cubesat, the satellite designed by students from the French École Polytechnique, was placed in orbit from the International Space Station on 17 May at 3.45am (local). The cubesat is operational, and the very first telemetry was received by an amateur radio station in the Netherlands and sent to the École Polytechnique.
AN UNMARKED WHITE semi-truck rests on orange steel plates—Rent Me, they proclaim—protecting the soft ground outside a glass-fronted office building in Westminster, Colorado. Inside the cargo container, locked up in refrigerated drives, is a photo album of Earth. Over 17 years, a company called DigitalGlobe has painstakingly collected those images from its high-resolution satellite network. And on this May morning, it's set to ship those precious 100 petabytes to Amazon and its cloud-based Web Services.
Fires, whether naturally occurring or man-made, have substantial impacts on both the landscape and air quality. Fortunately, satellites can detect and monitor fires large and small, and provide data on a range of factors, including location, duration, size, temperature and intensity.
02 May 2017
The two GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO = Follow-On) Earth observation satellites, which Airbus Friedrichshafen developed and constructed for NASA/JPL, were ‘given an earful' during recent acoustic tests.
When American astronaut Alfred Worden, who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, was asked what he was feeling at that time, he replied: "Now I know why I'm here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth."
How best to use satellite observations of microwave signals affected by clouds and precipitation in numerical weather prediction is a thorny problem.
20 April 2017
Steffen Dransfeld is in charge of the quality of the data from the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI) and Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) instruments on Sentinel-3.
Building on a 50-year-old partnership, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are expanding their cooperation with the relocation of one of the largest USGS science groups in the western United States to the NASA Ames Research Center campus in Silicon Valley.
13 April 2017
NASA has recognised the teamwork behind the Jason-3 mission as an "exemplary model for multiple partners working together" with a Programme and Project Management Excellence Award.
DLR is looking for the best application ideas in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth observation for the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Copernicus Masters.
07 April 2017
ESA has opened an EO data hosted-processing offer to R&D users. The CloudEO managed service is available from the EOhopS portal.
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