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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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Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

13 October 2017

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

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ESA’s Optics Lab runs tests for the EU’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P payload

12 October 2017

ESA's Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality, equipped with a suite of specialised laboratories and expert personnel, applied their expertise to help verify Sentinel-5P's air-monitoring instrument would perform as planned.

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New insights from OCO-2 showcased in Science

12 October 2017

High-resolution satellite data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth – the ocean, land, atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human activities. Scientists using the first 2 1/2 years of OCO-2 data have published a special collection of five papers today in the journal Science that demonstrates the breadth of this research.

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30-day countdown to JPSS-1 launch

10 October 2017

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, is scheduled to lift off 10 November, at 1:47 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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Sentinel-5P sealed from view

04 October 2017

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Lift-off is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST).

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A RAVAN in the Sun

27 September 2017

While people across the nation gazed at August's total solar eclipse from Earth, a bread loaf-sized NASA satellite had a front row seat for the astronomical event.

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CSIRO invests in one of the world's most sophisticated satellites

26 September 2017

CSIRO has secured access to one of the world's most sophisticated high-performance satellites, giving Australian scientists direct control over which data the satellite collects over our region and placing the national science agency at the forefront of Australia's civilian space science sector.

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Preparing to fly Sentinel-5P

26 September 2017

The teams that will fly Sentinel-5P are training intensively for launch, ensuring that everyone knows their job and can react to any emergency.

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Sentinel-5P satellite fuelled

25 September 2017

Engineers have been at Russia's Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the 'to do' list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone.

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Sentinel-2 cloudless mosaic: the first global (almost) cloud-free view of the planet

22 September 2017

About 70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered by clouds any given day. Imagery obtained by satellite sensors operating in the visible light range is constantly constrained by clouds blocking the view of the surface of the Earth and shadows obscuring or distorting features on the ground.

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GRACE making plans for final science data collection

14 September 2017

With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection.

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Sentinel-5P launch preparations in full swing

14 September 2017

With lift-off set for 13 October, engineers at Russia's Plesetsk launch site are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe's next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.

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EUMETSAT and Arianespace sign contract for the launch of the first MetOp-SG satellites

11 September 2017

EUMETSAT and Arianespace announced the signature of a contract entrusting Arianespace with the launch of the first two Metop-SG satellites of the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation plus an option for the launch of a third satellite.

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NASA sees Hurricane Irma affecting South Florida

10 September 2017

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured night-time look at Hurricane Irma as it weakened to a large tropical storm and the GOES East satellite provided a daytime view as the large storm continued moving north over Florida.

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New era in air-quality monitoring a step away

04 September 2017

The Sentinel-5P satellite has arrived in Plesetsk in northern Russia to be prepared for liftoff on 13 October. Built to deliver global maps of air pollutants every day and in more detail than ever before, this latest Copernicus mission will set a new standard for monitoring air quality.

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JPSS-1 has new target launch date

01 September 2017

The launch of JPSS-1, the first in a series of NOAA's four next-generation operational polar-orbiting weather satellites that will give scientists the most advanced tools to aid in weather forecasting and earth observations, is scheduled for 10 November at 1:47 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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