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SAGE III lifts off to the Space Station

19 February 2017

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) on the International Space Station lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 19 February 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft.

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German-French climate mission enters its implementation phase

17 February 2017

On 17 February 2017, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH signed a contract for the design and construction phases of the German-French climate satellite MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission). From 2021, this small satellite mission will measure the methane concentration in Earth's atmosphere to an unprecedented level of accuracy and thus contribute to research into the causes of climate change.

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Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

16 February 2017

Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month's liftoff.

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Fuel Sentinel-2B: Done

16 February 2017

As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.

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NASA to launch sequel to successful lightning study mission

15 February 2017

A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth's lightning from space -- this time from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station (ISS)

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New data from NOAA GOES-16's Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument

10 February 2017

The new Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to Earth.

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Iridium to share Falcon 9 launch with NASA-German gravity satellites

07 February 2017

Iridium has secured a launch for five more of its next-generation communications craft in a rideshare arrangement with two U.S.-German research satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by early 2018.

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Release of Swarm-Aurora and the Conjunction Finder

07 February 2017

ESA's Swarm mission explores Earth's magnetic environment. Its observations are taken in the ionosphere, where currents powered by the solar-terrestrial interaction produce magnetic fields that add to that of the Earth. These external currents flow throughout the vast magnetosphere, along magnetic field lines to Earth's ionosphere, couple to global-scale ionospheric currents, and are of fundamental importance in auroral processes. Swarm offers an exciting opportunity for studying the aurora and geospace.

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NASA Langley ozone sensor set for launch to Space Station

03 February 2017

Brooke Thornton has devoted eight years to a project that aims to check on the atmospheric health of the Earth. Needless to say, when NASA's Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III on the International Space Station (SAGE III on ISS) launches, she'll be among the many cheering and working for its success in space.

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WorldView-4 high-resolution satellite now open for business in space

03 February 2017

Less than three months after rocketing into space, the commercial WorldView 4 Earth-imagery satellite has finished in-orbit testing and calibration to begin operations for DigitalGlobe.

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The 2nd Generation Meteosat-8 satellite takes over Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean

01 February 2017

Meteosat-8 belongs to the second generation of Meteosats and is much more capable than the first generation Meteosat-7. It delivers imagery from 12 instead of 3 spectral channels with higher spatial resolution and with an increased frequency, every 15 instead of 30 minutes. Of the 12 spectral channels, 11 provide measurements with a resolution of 3 km at the sub-satellite point. The twelfth, so-called High Resolution Visible channel, provides measurements with a resolution of 1 km.

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Wind satellite heads for final testing

30 January 2017

The road to realising ESA's Aeolus mission may have been long and bumpy, but developing novel space technology is, by its very nature, challenging. With the satellite now equipped with its revolutionary instrument, the path ahead is much smoother as it heads to France to begin the last round of tests before being shipped to the launch site at the end of the year.

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China's hi-res SAR imaging satellite put into use

23 January 2017

China's first high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite has passed all its in-orbit tests and is now operational, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Monday.

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NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite sends first images of Earth

23 January 2017

Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on 19 November, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for the first photos from NOAA's newest weather satellite, GOES-16, formerly GOES-R.

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Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch

18 January 2017

British engineers have finished assembling a satellite that experts believe could have a transformative impact on our weather forecasts.

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SAGE III to look back at Earth's atmospheric 'sunscreen'

17 January 2017

On the upcoming SpaceX CRS-10 resupply mission to the International Space Station, a Dragon spacecraft will deliver the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument to further study ozone in the atmosphere.

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Diwata-1 microsatellite circles Earth over 4,000 times

16 January 2017

The Philippines' first microsatellite, Diwata-1, has circled the Earth over 4,000 times while taking images not just of the Philippines but also of other parts of the globe, according to the PHL-Microsat Program.

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Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start

12 January 2017

Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead.

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Meteosat-8 to become prime IODC spacecraft

12 January 2017

Meteosat-8 will replace Meteosat-7 as prime spacecraft for the IODC service from 1 February 2017.

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Commercial Earth-observing craft recover from off-target launch

11 January 2017

Two Chinese satellites launched into the wrong orbit last month have reached their planned perch at an altitude of around 300 miles (500 kilometres) and sent back their first high-resolution views of Earth for their Beijing-based commercial owner.

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