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MetOp-C launch closes final chapter on historic POES program

17 December 2018

The Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) project can claim a number of firsts in its 40-year history. It was the nation's first to provide global search and rescue capabilities from space. Its NOAA-10 and NOAA-11 satellites captured the first cloudless photograph of the entire planet Earth, pieced together using thousands of images. And its advanced data collection system, which pulled environmental data from buoys, balloons, tagged sea animals and streams, inspired a major citizen science effort on the ground and in classrooms around the country.

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Sentinel satellites study climate-threatened Camargue

14 December 2018

The most recent trends in sea level size mean the low-lying Camargue region of southern France could be submerged by the sea by the end of the century.

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MetOp-C’s IASI instrument delivers first spectrum

13 December 2018

A critical element of polar-orbiting meteorological satellite Metop-C's payload – the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) – delivered its first spectrum today.

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ICESat-2 reveals profile of ice sheets, sea ice, forests

11 December 2018

Less than three months into its mission, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists' expectations. The satellite is measuring the height of sea ice to within an inch, tracing the terrain of previously unmapped Antarctic valleys, surveying remote ice sheets, and peering through forest canopies and shallow coastal waters.

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NASA’s TEMPO air pollution space sensor completed

07 December 2018

An Earth science instrument to measure air pollution over North America has successfully completed development by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colorado, and has been formally accepted by NASA.

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China launches satellites for Saudi Arabia

07 December 2018

Two Saudi Arabian Earth observation satellites and 10 small secondary payloads rode a Long March 2D rocket into orbit Friday from the Jiuquan space base in China's northwestern Inner Mongolia region, hours before the launch of a Chinese lunar probe targeting the first soft landing on the far side of the moon.

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NOAA targets January 2019 to declare GOES-17 operational

06 December 2018

On 20 November, 2018, technicians observed an error from NOAA's GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) – unrelated to the ongoing issues with the loop heat pipe – that resulted in degraded infrared imagery.

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CubeSat to lift veil on our environment’s extremes

05 December 2018

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, today announced that it would be extending its Earth observation capabilities by acquiring Australia's first CubeSat designed to detect invisible infrared light.

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Ariane 5 launches India’s biggest satellite, South Korean weather observer

04 December 2018

An Ariane 5 rocket fired off a launch pad in French Guiana Tuesday with nearly 3 million pounds of thundering thrust, heading to orbit with India's heaviest satellite designed to expand broadband coverage across the South Asian nation, and a South Korean weather satellite carrying an U.S.-built imager to track storms and cyclones across the Asia-Pacific.

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MicroDragon satellite set for 2019 lift-off

03 December 2018

MicroDragon, a made-in-Việt Nam earth observation satellite, will be launched into space early next year.

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GEDI Scientists Share Space Laser Excitement

30 November 2018

A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world's temperate and tropical forests. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, is scheduled to launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. From the station, GEDI's advanced laser technology will reveal the three-dimensional structure of forest ecosystems around the globe.

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Indian rocket launches 31 satellites

29 November 2018

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Thursday and deployed in orbit a hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite designed to assess vegetation, soil conditions and pollution in rich detail, then maneuvered to a lower altitude to release 30 more smallsats, including reinforcements for Planet and Spire's commercial Earth-observing constellations.

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‘Pint sized’ Scottish satellites launched into orbit

29 November 2018

The Glasgow built satellites, funded by the UK Space Agency will monitor weather and help combat global climate change.

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ISRO successfully launches HysIS and 30 customer satellites

29 November 2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) on Thursday successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

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ISRO to launch hyperspectral imaging satellite with 30 foreign satellites on 29 November

26 November 2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch hyperspectral imaging satellite (HySIS), an earth observation satellite, from the Sriharikota launch centre on Thursday morning. Over 30 foreign commercial satellites will be launched along with primary payload HySIS by the PSLV C43 rocket.

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SSTL releases first images from S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, NovaSAR-1

23 November 2018

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has today released the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images taken from orbit by NovaSAR-1, a technology demonstration mission launched into a 580km sun-synchronous orbit on 16 September 2018.

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Arianespace Vega launches second Moroccan Earth-observation satellite

20 November 2018

An Arianespace Vega rocket launched the Mohammed 6-B satellite for Morocco the evening of 20 Nov., placing the satellite in the same orbit as its twin satellite Mohammed 6-A that launched a year ago, also on a Vega rocket.

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NOAA GOES-17 Shares First Images of Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific

15 November 2018

The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has sent its first images from the satellite's new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean.

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KazSTSat and VESTA due to lift-off on Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express Mission

15 November 2018

KazSTSat and VESTA, two small satellites designed and manufactured at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), are due to launch on Spaceflight's SSO-A SmallSat Express Mission on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base later this month.

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Handing over MetOp-C

12 November 2018

Mission teams at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Germany handed control of the recently launched MetOp-C satellite to Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, on Saturday morning, just three days after launch.

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