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Meet the Sentinel-3 Data Quality Manager

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.

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From orbit to core: Scientific synergy between NASA and the USGS

14 April 2017

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.

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Jason-3 teamwork recognised with NASA award

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.

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Earth observation and satellite navigation: DLR special prizes

11 April 2017

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.

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New EO data hosted-processing offer for R&D users

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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Italian radar satellite, European exoplanet telescope to launch on Soyuz next year

07 April 2017

The Italian government has decided to launch two next-generation radar reconnaissance satellites on Soyuz and Vega rockets from French Guiana, and a European Space Agency telescope to study the structures of planets around other stars will likely ride to orbit as a co-passenger on one of the missions.

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Copernicus Masters bigger than ever

06 April 2017

This year's Copernicus Masters competition is now open. With prizes totalling more than €1.5 million, the chance to design and launch a small satellite mission and much more, Europe's leading competition for the novel use of Earth observation has never been so impressive.

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Knowing Earth

03 April 2017

NASA's Langley facility has been working for nearly 50 years to understand the complex systems driving changes to Earth's atmosphere and the environment that it sustains, devising better ways to measure and monitor those changes so that the resultant data can be translated into meaningful knowledge.

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Where old satellites go to die

02 April 2017

After almost 20 years of service - a remarkable feat, given its expected lifetime of five years - a series of manoeuvres will be carried out to take the Meteosat-7 satellite out of its current geostationary orbit, 36,000km above the Earth, to its new and final resting place.

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CanX-7 nanosatellite validates aircraft tracking, prepares deorbit demo

30 March 2017

The CanX-7 nanosatellite built by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) has validated real-time detection and tracking of aircraft by satellite in low-Earth orbit. The next mission phase will begin in early May with deployment of drag sails developed by SFL to accelerate the deorbiting of small satellites as a practical solution to the space debris problem.

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Meet the head of the Sentinel data quality managers

30 March 2017

Today we are interviewing ESA's Philippe Goryl, who is responsible for leading the data quality managers of the various Sentinel missions.

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Climate at your fingertips

28 March 2017

Discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

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Timing a space laser with a NASA-style stopwatch

27 March 2017

To time how long it takes a pulse of laser light to travel from space to Earth and back, you need a really good stopwatch — one that can measure within a fraction of a billionth of a second.

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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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