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Handing over MetOp-C

12 November 2018

Mission teams at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Germany handed control of the recently launched MetOp-C satellite to Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, on Saturday morning, just three days after launch.

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Distant NASA Camera Yields New Earth Views

08 November 2018

A NASA camera observing the sunlit side of Earth from a million miles away is providing new data on daily changes to our planet.

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ESA’s gravity-mapper reveals relics of ancient continents under Antarctic ice

07 November 2018

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure – giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

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MetOp-C ready for big day

05 November 2018

With liftoff set for 7 November, the latest MetOp weather satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad and positioned on the Soyuz rocket for its ride into space from French Guiana.

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GRACE-FO Resumes Data Collection

01 November 2018

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has resumed collecting science-quality data and planned in-orbit checks after successfully completing a switchover to a backup system in the microwave instrument (MWI) on one of the mission's twin spacecraft. 

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JAXA receives telemetry data from Ibuki-2 satellite in orbit

31 October 2018

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has received telemetry data from the second Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2), Ibuki-2.

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MHI Successfully Launches UAE's KhalifaSat Satellite

29 October 2018

Tanegashima Space center, October 29, 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully delivered UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's (MBRSC) KhalifaSat satellite into orbit today via the H-IIA launch vehicle F40.

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GOSAT-2 satellite launched

29 October 2018

A rocket carrying Japanese and United Arab Emirates earth observation satellites blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Monday.

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China launches ocean-observing satellite under closer Sino-European cooperation

29 October 2018

China successfully sent an ocean-observing satellite into space on Monday, a joint mission pursued under close Sino-French space cooperation that will enable scientists to simultaneously study, for the first time, ocean surface winds and waves.

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Chinese oceanography satellite launches successfully

25 October 2018

China's Haiyang 2B oceanography satellite, the follow-on to a space mission launched seven years ago, lifted off Wednesday from the country's Taiyuan launch base aboard a Long March 4B booster.

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Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties

24 October 2018

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July and now other polluting nasties such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have joined the list of data products available to monitor the air we breathe.

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First Buccaneer satellite mission hailed as a success

23 October 2018

A satellite jointly developed by UNSW Canberra Space and Defence Science and Technology (DST) has been operating on-orbit successfully for more than nine months.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals new insight on tropical cyclones

18 October 2018

A team of experts from the French institutes IFREMER and CLS recently implemented a strategy with ESA, in order to acquire Sentinel-1 images over tropical cyclones, while developing an algorithm that enables the extraction of hurricane characteristics at a very high resolution from space. Information such as the ocean surface wind field provided at 1 km resolution could trigger perspectives for improving hurricane forecast information.

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Key components of tree-counting Biomass radar cleared for space

16 October 2018

How many trees are there on Earth? ESA's Biomass mission will perform a global forest survey, harnessing the longest radar wavelength to pierce through woodland canopies. New microwave transistors made with the most promising semiconductor since silicon make this possible – and are now qualified for spaceflight.

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Megha-Tropiques Successfully Completes Seven Years in Orbit

13 October 2018

Megha-Tropiques satellite was built by ISRO and CNES as a Joint Venture. Megha-Tropiques was launched on 12th October 2011 from SDSC, Shriharikota. The satellite has successfully completed seven years of on-orbit observations with four Science instruments on board.

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After Two Long Careers, QuikSCAT Rings Down the Curtain

12 October 2018

Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA's SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on 2 October in accordance with its end-of-mission plan.

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NASA’s Terra Satellite Celebrates 100,000 Orbits

10 October 2018

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On 6 October NASA's Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. 

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Global 3D elevation model from the TanDEM-X mission now freely available

08 October 2018

The 90-metre TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model has been released for scientific use and is now available as a global dataset. By providing this data, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) follows the EU data policy under the Copernicus Earth observation programme, which encourages free and open access to satellite data.

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SpaceX's NightLight launches SAOCOM 1A satellite and a successful return of Falcon 9

08 October 2018

It was a text book launch and then recovery of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Sunday, 07 October at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

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Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake

05 October 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia on 28 September, destroying homes and hundreds of lives. As the death toll continues to rise, the effects of this natural disaster are far-reaching, with hundreds of thousands of people seeking access food, water and shelter in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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