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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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The evolution of the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment

12 January 2017

ESA and its Member States created the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment (CollGS) to further enhance the Sentinel missions exploitation in various areas. Today, the cooperation is also open to all European countries and Copernicus Participating States.

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NASA plans another busy year for Earth Science fieldwork

12 January 2017

NASA scientists are criss-crossing the globe in 2017 - from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands - to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.

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From College Park to Earth orbit, UMD scientists improve quality of global weather satellite data

09 January 2017

"Traffic and weather, together on the hour!" blasts your local radio station, while your smartphone knows the weather halfway across the world. A network of satellites whizzing around Earth collecting mountains of data makes such constant and wide-ranging access to accurate weather forecasts possible. Just one satellite, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R that launched in 2016, can collect 3.5 terabytes of weather data per day.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine data flow to users in Africa

19 December 2016

The new information on Sea Surface Height, Ocean Colour and Sea Surface Temperature, disseminated via EUMETCast, EUMETSAT's flexible data dissemination system, will ensure improved management of fishing zones and security for fishermen at sea as well as the forecast of harmful algae bloom and coastal protection.

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A quest to put sea level rise data in your pocket

15 December 2016

A new climate change app uses interactive data maps to engage users and prompt the exploration of questions related to changing sea levels and climate vulnerability.

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Reissued: Call for Earth Explorer 9 proposals

14 December 2016

Scientists involved in Earth observation have another opportunity to submit a proposal for ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite mission.

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A paradigm shift for NASA via small satellite missions

11 December 2016

NASA has announced what it hopes will mark a new era for Earth observation missions using small satellites. Also known as CubeSats, nanosatellites and microsatellites, small satellites have for quite some time been a cost-effective and agile method of testing technology destined for larger missions.

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NASA selects builder for robotic satellite servicing craft

09 December 2016

NASA has a builder to construct a five-ton spacecraft to catch up with the aging Landsat 7 Earth observation satellite and refuel it in 2020, employing robotic tools mastered in years of rehearsals on the International Space Station.

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Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

09 December 2016

Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a half mile- (700m)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth's orbit.

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