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New view of Antarctica in 3D

11 May 2018

Thanks to ESA's CryoSat mission, a new map of Antarctica provides the most accurate 3D view ever of the continent's vast ice sheet and floating ice shelves.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B’s altimeter has Earth’s ocean’s measure

11 May 2018

Just two weeks after the launch of the environment-monitoring satellite Sentinel-3B, the third of its payload of instruments – its radar altimeter - has begun sending high-precision measurements back to Earth.

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Chinese satellite successfully launched to monitor environment

09 May 2018

China launched a civilian-operated Earth-observing satellite on Tuesday 08 May to survey global land and water resources, air pollutants, greenhouse gases and other environmental parameters.
 

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images

09 May 2018

Less than two weeks after it was launched, the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite has delivered its first images of Earth. Exceeding expectations, this first set of images include the sunset over Antarctica, sea ice in the Arctic and a view of northern Europe.

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ESA will continue to provide ocean colour data from Indian mission

08 May 2018

To further promote scientific research and applications, ESA and a leading geo-information company have agreed to continue data acquisition from the OceanSat-2 satellite.

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Lasers in space: Earth mission tests new technology

08 May 2018

GRACE-FO, scheduled to launch on 19 May, carries on the rich legacy of the original GRACE mission, which launched in 2002 on a planned five-year mission and concluded operations in October 2017. Among its insights, GRACE transformed our understanding of the global water cycle by showing how masses of liquid water and ice are changing each month. 

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GEDI moves toward launch to Space Station

04 May 2018

A first-of-its-kind laser instrument designed to map the world's forests in 3-D is moving toward an earlier launch to the International Space Station than previously expected.

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CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers

02 May 2018

While ESA's CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again surpassed its original scope by revealing exactly how mountain glaciers are also succumbing to change.

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Twin spacecraft to weigh in on Earth’s changing water

30 April 2018

A pair of new spacecraft that will observe our planet's ever-changing water cycle, ice sheets, and crust is in final preparations for a California launch no earlier than 19 May. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, a partnership between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), will take over where the first GRACE mission left off when it completed its 15-year mission in 2017.

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Sentinel tracks ships’ dirty emissions from orbit

27 April 2018

The new EU satellite tasked with tracking dirty air has demonstrated how it will become a powerful tool to monitor emissions from shipping.

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Long March 11 rocket delivers five commercial satellites to orbit

26 April 2018

Five commercial Chinese satellites carrying video and hyperspectral imaging sensors took off on 26 April, aboard a Long March 11 booster.

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Seventh Sentinel satellite launched for Copernicus

25 April 2018

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched on 25 April, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union's Copernicus environment programme.

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Sentinel-3B on launch pad

23 April 2018

The next Sentinel satellite for Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme is poised for liftoff from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.

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Hyperspectral instrument DESIS en route to International Space Station in 2018

19 April 2018

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United States corporation Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) are announcing the completion of the development and manufacturing process of the DESIS hardware.

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SSTL releases first full colour video from CARBONITE-2

16 April 2018

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has today released a set of videos taken from orbit by CARBONITE-2, a technology demonstration satellite launched into a 505km low Earth orbit on 12 January 2018. The videos have been released to mark the end of spacecraft commissioning, and the start of the imagery demonstration phase of the mission. SSTL is supplying image and video data from CARBONITE-2 to Earth-i, a global satellite operator and Earth Observation insights and analytics company, headquartered in the UK, and to the Royal Air Force to expand further their growing Air and Space capabilities.

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Sentinel-3B fully tanked

13 April 2018

Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular ‘to do' list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April.

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Swarm turns to whistlers and storms

13 April 2018

The batch of new results from ESA's Swarm mission has not only included the highest-resolution map of the magnetic field generated by Earth's crust and a map of the tiny magnetic signals from the oceans, but also, remarkably, some unexpected insight into lightning in the upper atmosphere and geomagnetic storms.

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Four years in space for Copernicus Sentinel-1A

11 April 2018

Launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 3 April 2014, the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite continues to gather radar imagery of Earth for a wide range of applications.

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Swarm tracks elusive ocean magnetism

10 April 2018

The magnetic field is arguably one of the most mysterious features of our planet. ESA's Swarm mission is continually yielding more insight into how our protective shield is generated, how it behaves and how it is changing. Adding yet another string to its bow, Swarm is now tracking changes in the magnetic field produced in the oceans in more detail that ever before.

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Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

07 April 2018

Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning.

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