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09 September 2019
Following the success of last year's ɸ-week, this year's event promises to be even more exciting. With the conference room packed to the gunwales, ɸ-week 2019 kicked off this afternoon at ESA's centre of Earth observation in Italy with a series of stimulating talks, lively debate and an announcement of a new initiative.
27 August 2019
Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York after a two-week sail across the Atlantic, ready to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit at the end of September.
17 August 2019
For the fourth time in less than 10 months – and the second one to claim a successful flight – China has debuted a new small satellite launch vehicle based on solid rocket motors with a payload of less than one tonne to Low Earth Orbit. The Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1) rocket, also known by its Chinese name Jielong-1, lifted off from the mobile launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China today at 04:11 UTC. Chinese media has later declared the launch a success.
15 August 2019
Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.
LeoLabs, a space situational awareness company, unveiled a small satellite tracking service called LeoTrack Aug. 5 at the Small Satellite Conference here.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is considering proposals from potential new partners for its program to send a robot to space to repair satellites. DARPA suffered a major setback in January when Maxar withdrew from the project known as Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, or RSGS. Now the agency wants to give it one more try.
25 July 2019
European Union and Member States' investment into the development and operation of Copernicus provides the necessary data resources for the realization of innovative solutions to crucial societal challenges.
23 July 2019
Innovations in sensor technology, small satellites and new constellations are opening a plethora of opportunities in earth observation industry, opening the doors for NewSpace startups
The UK's capabilities were boosted today with 10 projects receiving a share of £2m to develop technologies that could transform weather forecasting and the study of climate change.
The loss of the Falcon Eye 1 satellite last week will not deter the UAE from pursuing its ambitious space programme but will propel it to soar higher with its Falcon Eye 2 launch "very soon", a senior official said.
09 July 2019
Rain – and plenty of it – was the big weather story in June, adding to a record-breaking 12 months of precipitation for the contiguous U.S. It's the third consecutive time in 2019 (April, May and June) the past 12-month precipitation record has hit an all-time high.
The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM).
The EUMETSAT Council has agreed to open four pilot 'big data' services to all users of the organisation's meteorological and climate data in Autumn 2019.
28 June 2019
Government space agencies and multinational corporations have well-established mechanisms in place to respond to requests for imagery in the wake of fires, floods or other disasters. For Iceye, the Finnish firm that launched the first small radar satellite in 2018, the frequent requests pose challenges.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. This was possible thanks to an extraordinary acceleration of space technology. Within a remarkably short period of time leading up to the event, engineers had mastered rocket propulsion, on-board computing and space operations, partially thanks to an essentially unlimited budget.
Set up towards the end of 2000, the International Charter Space and Major Disasters has so far provided satellite images to support rescue operations in 610 major disasters in 125 countries.
China is to deliver customised data services to 22 more countries along the Belt and Road through its Fengyun meteorological satellites.
In a bid to attract more customers and employees into Firefly's aerospace activities, the startup plans to offer valuable payload space to these two groups on its first Alpha rocket flight in December.
Indian scientists say that Indian space station can double up as earth observation satellites with the installation of necessary instruments like cameras.
07 June 2019
Poland's space sector rides the astral wave as Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit signs a letter of intent to cooperate with Wrocław-based SatRevolution startup to put nanosatellites in space.
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