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ESA Member States approve Swarm extension

20 November 2017

At its 172nd meeting on 15-16 November, ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board approved the extension of the Swarm mission until the end of 2021.

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JPSS-1 heads to orbit

18 November 2017

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:47 a.m. PST on 18 November. The satellite's next-generation technology will help improve the timeliness and accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts three to seven days out.

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SSTL to build UrtheCast's UrtheDaily Constellation

14 November 2017

A signed contract for the Earth Observation satellites for the UrtheDailyTM Constellation was announced today by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and UrtheCast of Canada. The UrtheDailyTM Constellation, planned for launch in 2020, will be capable of scientific-grade quality, multi-spectral imagery, high-resolution, targeted specifically at geo-analytics applications.

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China's weather satellite launched into polar orbit

14 November 2017

A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched on Tuesday with a new polar-orbiting weather observatory named Fengyun 3D, replacing an ageing satellite for the China Meteorological Administration.

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Portuguese company embarks on first domestic satellite project

10 November 2017

Tekever, a Portugal-based company, is pulling together a team of domestic companies and organisations to build the first made-in-Portugal satellite.

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Thales Alenia Space signs contract with the UK Space Agency to work on climate change mission

09 November 2017

A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

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NASA CubeSat to test miniaturised weather satellite

08 November 2017

Behind every weather forecast - from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update - are the satellites that make them possible. 

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Aeolus wind satellite vacuum packed

02 November 2017

With liftoff on the horizon, ESA's Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simulate the vacuum of space.

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JPSS-1 to provide more accurate environmental forecasts

01 November 2017

NASA is preparing to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide essential data for timely and accurate weather forecasts and for tracking environmental events such as forest fires and droughts.

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Blue Canyon Technologies will build cubesat constellation for NASA hurricane observation

01 November 2017

To help understand drastic changes in tropical storm patterns, Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) will build a constellation of CubeSats for an observing system for NASA to measure environmental inner-core conditions for tropical cyclones.

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Ten commercial Earth observing satellites launched aboard Minotaur-C rocket

31 October 2017

Returning to service after a six-year hiatus, Orbital ATK's revamped Minotaur-C rocket soared into space on 31 October from California's Central Coast with 10 commercial Earth-imaging spacecraft for Planet, a San Francisco-based company with a globe-spanning satellite fleet mapping the world's land masses every day.

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Ready to reap the benefits from Copernicus Sentinel-5P

31 October 2017

Now that Sentinel-5P is safely in orbit, engineers have started commissioning the satellite for the task of delivering extremely high-quality information on air quality. Meanwhile, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is poised to ensure we all reap the benefits from this latest mission.

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GRACE mission comes to an end after 15 years of successful operation

27 October 2017

After more than 15 years, the German-US Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) for precise measuring of Earth's gravity field has come to an end.

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First SAGE III atmospheric data released for public use

25 October 2017

The first wave of atmospheric data from the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III), a NASA instrument that launched to the International Space Station earlier this year, is now available for public use.

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Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

25 October 2017

This year's Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning weather systems, measuring the sea surface below to help predict the storm's path.

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GOES-T satellite "brains" and "body" come together

23 October 2017

While meteorologists continue marvelling at the startling imagery and data from NOAA's new Geostationary Operational Environmental (GOES) satellite, GOES-16, progress continues on the remaining satellites in the series.

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NASA awards launch services contract for Sentinel-6A mission

19 October 2017

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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NASA awards launch services contract for Landsat 9 mission

19 October 2017

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June 2021, while protecting for the ability to launch as early as December 2020, on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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NASA’s ICON explores the boundary between Earth and space

18 October 2017

On 8 December 2017, NASA launches the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, a low-Earth orbiting satellite that will give us new information about how Earth's atmosphere interacts with near-Earth space — a give-and-take that plays a major role in the safety of our satellites and reliability of communications signals.

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Sentinel-5P: Satellite in excellent health

16 October 2017

Launched last week, Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health.

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