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An Argentine company will launch two ground observation microsatellites on Tuesday

12 January 2020

Designed and manufactured by Satellogic engineers, Sophie and Marie will be integrated into a constellation of a dozen devices operating from a low orbit.

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Aeolus winds now in daily weather forecasts

10 January 2020

ESA's Aeolus satellite has been returning profiles of Earth's winds since 3 September 2018, just after it was launched – and after months of careful testing these measurements are considered so good that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is now using them in their forecasts.

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ETRSS-1 Captures First Test Images

06 January 2020

Ethiopia's newly launched ETRSS-1 has captured its first few test images. The imageries captured near China were published by the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and primarily test run the imagery capacities of the micro-satellite launched on 20 December 2019.

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Japan’s Tsubame records lowest ever satellite altitude

06 January 2020

Tsubame, an Earth Observation satellite developed by Japan's space agency JAXA, has been registered by the Guinness World Records as having achieved the "lowest altitude by an Earth observation satellite in orbit," for an altitude of 167.4 km. The 383kg satellite was decommissioned on 01 Oct, 2019.

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First Images CBERS 04A

30 December 2019

The reception in Brazil of the first images of the satellite CBERS 04A occurred on 27 December, 2019. After a week of testing with all satellite subsystems and the sequence of manoeuvres to put it into its nominal orbit, the three CBERS 04A cameras were connected for 11 minutes from 10h56 to 11h07, local time in Brasilia. INPE's ground station in Cuiaba, MT, received and recorded the raw data from WPM cameras, MUX and WFI, which were processed in São José dos Campos, SP.

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Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way

16 December 2019

Spare a thought this Christmas for researchers hunkered down on their Polarstern icebreaker, adrift in the frozen Arctic Ocean. Subjected to temperatures as low as –45°C and the perpetual darkness of the polar winter, they are willing participants in MOSAiC – the world's largest and longest polar research expedition.

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Pléiades Neo moves a step closer to launch with latest development

13 December 2019

Airbus has reached a very significant milestone in the development of the new Pléiades Neo satellite constellation, with assembly of the first two high-resolution optical satellites completed in November.

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India’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 to be launched tomorrow

26 November 2019

India's latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 will be launched tomorrow morning. The national space agency ISRO says, the satellite will be launched along with 13 customer payloads from the US from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikotta at 09:28 hours on Wednesday, using the workhorse rocket PSLV-C47.

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French earthquake fault mapped

17 November 2019

This week, southeast France was hit by a magnitude 5 earthquake with tremors felt between Lyon and Montélimar. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission has been used to map the way the ground shifted as a result of the quake.

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Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing

15 November 2019

The next satellite tasked with maintaining the "gold standard" measurement of sea-level rise is about to enter final testing. Sentinel-6a will pick up from the long-running Jason series of spacecraft when it launches in November 2020.

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Ozone hole set to close

08 November 2019

The size of the ozone hole fluctuates – usually forming each year in August, with its peak in October, before finally closing in late November or December. Not only will the hole close earlier than usual in 2019, but it is also the smallest it has been in 30 years owing to unusual atmospheric conditions.

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SSTL announces NovaSAR-1 data deal with the Philippines

07 November 2019

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has signed an agreement with Republic of the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) to provide a share of the tasking and data acquisition services from NovaSAR-1, the innovative small S-Band radar satellite launched into a 580km sun synchronous orbit in September 2018.

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China launches new Earth observation satellite

03 November 2019

China have launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-7, which will play an important role in land surveying and mapping, urban and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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SMOS 10 years in orbit

31 October 2019

SMOS has been in orbit for a decade. This remarkable satellite has not only exceeded its planned life in orbit, but also surpassed its original scientific goals.

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Arianespace and ESA announce EarthCare launch contract

28 October 2019

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) today announced the signature of a launch services contract with a Soyuz launch vehicle for the EarthCARE satellite.

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Tiny NASA Satellite Will Soon See ‘Rainbows’ In Clouds

28 October 2019

NASA's next attempt to map invisible specks in the atmosphere that impact climate change and air quality started from a window seat over the Pacific.

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Brazil and China to launch sixth Earth observation satellite

28 October 2019

The sixth remote observation satellite developed in partnership between Brazil and China will be launched into space and put into orbit on 17 December, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said in a statement issued in São José dos Campos.

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Contract seals deal for Biomass satellite’s ride into space

28 October 2019

Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract that secures the launch of the Earth Explorer Biomass satellite. With liftoff scheduled for 2022 on a Vega launch vehicle from French Guiana, this new mission is another step closer to mapping the amount of carbon stored in forests and how it changes over time though deforestation, for example.

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Celebrating a Mission that changed how we use Radar

11 October 2019

11 October, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of the end of a space mission that transformed the way we use radar to observe large-scale environmental processes on our home planet. The Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) mission made available to people worldwide the scientific data used to this day to inform decisions to slow and mitigate climate change.

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ICON begins study of Earth’s Ionosphere

10 October 2019

A Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket launched NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite at 9:59 p.m. EDT on 10 October from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) to study the dynamic zone in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather from above.

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