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Taking Aeolus to the next level

11 February 2019

Since ESA's Aeolus satellite was launched in August, engineers and scientists have been carefully checking the information that this pioneering mission is delivering on the world's winds – and now it's time for the next phase.

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NASA and USGS Celebrate 5 Year Launch Anniversary of Landsat 8

08 February 2019

11 February will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8!

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Swarm helps pinpoint new magnetic north for smartphones

08 February 2019

Since it was first measured in 1831, we have known that the magnetic north is constantly on the move. However, its tendency to slowly roam has stepped up a pace recently – so much so that the World Magnetic Model has had to be updated urgently with the pole's new location, vital for navigation on smartphones, for example. ESA's magnetic field Swarm mission has been key for this update.

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More of Africa scarred by fires than thought

04 February 2019

Wildfires can cause devastation and are also to blame for more than a quarter of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Satellites play a key role in mapping landscape scarred by fire – but the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has revealed that there are more fires than previously thought.

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NASA's AIRS Captures Polar Vortex Moving in Over US

31 January 2019

The U.S. Midwest has been gripped by the lowest temperatures it has seen in years. An unusually cold Arctic air mass, called a polar vortex, is responsible for the severe temperatures, which in many areas have plunged well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius).

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China’s Long March 11 rocket lofts Earth-imaging and tech demo satellites

22 January 2019

China's second space launch of the year released four satellites into orbits more than 300 miles (500 kilometers) in altitude, adding two spacecraft to the Chinese-owned Jilin 1 commercial Earth-imaging constellation and deploying two smallsats on tech demo missions.

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Thales Alenia Space leads the build of photosynthesis mission

18 January 2019

A new contract seals the deal for Thales Alenia Space to lead the consortium that is building ESA's photosynthesis mission: FLEX.

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VN Micro Dragon satellite launched into orbit

18 January 2019

Viet Nam has made another step towards exploring the galaxy as a satellite made by Vietnamese engineers was successfully launched into orbit on Friday morning.

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Continued high precision measurement of Earth’s sea level is assured

17 January 2019

The most accurate source of measurements of the Earth's rising sea levels – the Jason-3 satellite mission – will continue for at least two more years from today after the extension of its mission.

Jason-3 today (17 January) celebrates the third anniversary of its launch after having orbited the Earth more than 14,000 times. But it's not just any anniversary.

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Made-in-Vietnam satellite to enter space next week

10 January 2019

MicroDragon, a made-in-Vietnam earth observation satellite, will be launched into orbit by an Epsilon-4 rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture at 7:50 of 17 January (Hanoi time), the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) announced on 9 January.

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Anak Krakatau: Finnish radar satellite eyes tsunami volcano

10 January 2019

Here's a new view of Anak Krakatau, the collapsed Indonesian volcano that generated the 22 December tsunami that devastated local coastlines.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 data fuel Norwegian ground motion service

10 January 2019

Launched in late November 2018 by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC), InSAR Norway is a service that aims to monitor and measure ground movements on a national scale, using Copernicus Sentinel-1 data.

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Hurricane satellites reveal flooding

09 January 2019

Researchers examining data produced by small satellites launched in 2016 to track ocean winds were surprised the mission produced valuable information on soil moisture and flooding.

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DigitalGlobe loses WorldView-4 satellite to gyro failure

07 January 2019

DigitalGlobe announced Monday that its WorldView-4 satellite has malfunctioned.

In a statement, DigitalGlobe, a division of Maxar Technologies, said the control moment gyros on WorldView-4, launched in November 2016, have failed, preventing the spacecraft from pointing accurately.

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Anak Krakatau volcano: Satellites get clear view of collapse

03 January 2019

There is now some very good optical satellite imagery of the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano, which generated the devastating tsunami on 22 December.

Poor weather conditions over Indonesia's Sunda Strait had frustrated spacecraft that view the Earth in the same type of light as our eyes.

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Axelspace’s first sat for Earth Observation constellation successfully orbited

28 December 2018

On 27th December 2018 at 11:07 JST (02:07 UTC), the microsatellite GRUS, developed by Japanese startup Axelspace Corporation, was successfully orbited. The launch took place from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome using the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle, with Russia's Kanopus-V-5/6 remote sensing satellite as its main payload and with 26 piggyback satellites. Axelspace has confirmed that GRUS has been located and tested, and is performing basic operations as expected.

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Mission accomplished for ESA’s butane-propelled CubeSat

24 December 2018

The cereal-box sized GomX-4B – ESA's biggest small CubeSat yet flown – has completed its mission for the Agency, testing out new miniaturised technologies including: intersatellite link communication with its GomX-4A twin, a hyperspectral imager, star tracker and butane-based propulsion system.

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MetOp-C launch closes final chapter on historic POES program

17 December 2018

The Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) project can claim a number of firsts in its 40-year history. It was the nation's first to provide global search and rescue capabilities from space. Its NOAA-10 and NOAA-11 satellites captured the first cloudless photograph of the entire planet Earth, pieced together using thousands of images. And its advanced data collection system, which pulled environmental data from buoys, balloons, tagged sea animals and streams, inspired a major citizen science effort on the ground and in classrooms around the country.

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Sentinel satellites study climate-threatened Camargue

14 December 2018

The most recent trends in sea level size mean the low-lying Camargue region of southern France could be submerged by the sea by the end of the century.

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MetOp-C’s IASI instrument delivers first spectrum

13 December 2018

A critical element of polar-orbiting meteorological satellite Metop-C's payload – the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) – delivered its first spectrum today.

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