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Japanese craft launched with night-vision mapping radar

24 May 2014

A Japanese satellite equipped with a sharp-eyed synthetic aperture radar launched Saturday on a mission to map the globe every two weeks, helping authorities respond to natural disasters, track agricultural yields and monitor shipping lanes.

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Launch result of H-IIA launch vehicle with Daichi-2 (ALOS-2)

24 May 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 24 (H-IIA F24) with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) onboard at 12:05:14 p.m. on 24 May 24 2014 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services to launch WorldView-3 satellite on 13 August

22 May 2014

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services (LMCLS) will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft, placing it into orbit on 13 August for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions.

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Water mission boosts food security

21 May 2014

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle - this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.

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CryoSat finds sharp increase in Antarctica's ice losses

19 May 2014

Three years of observations from ESA's CryoSat satellite show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year - twice as much as when it was last surveyed.

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ESA makes first Swarm datasets available

16 May 2014

The European Space Agency is pleased to announce the release of the first set of products based on the Swarm satellites.

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NASA's newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

15 May 2014

A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.

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Scientists celebrate 10 years of images from FormoSat-2

15 May 2014

Celebrating 10 years since FormoSat-2 - the first Earth observation satellite developed in Taiwan - was launched, the National Applied Research Laboratories' National Space Organization (NSPO) said yesterday that a series of conferences and exhibitions are to be held to let the public know more about its contribution to the nation.

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BlackBridge unveils concept for its new mission

15 May 2014

Following its commitment to provide continuity to the existing RapidEye constellation, today BlackBridge has released the details of the RapidEye+ constellation concept at its ENABLE 2014 Partner Conference. RapidEye+ will be a constellation of five satellites with an imaging capacity that will far exceed the current RapidEye constellation’s capacity of 5 million km2 per day.

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Ice mission and extreme camping

14 May 2014

While camping may appeal to some, scientists recently took the pastime to punishing limits. Enduring the bitter Arctic cold out on the sea ice, they were part of a major international effort to ensure ESA's CryoSat satellite is delivering a true picture of Earth's changing ice.

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Dauria Aerospace partners with Elecnor Deimos to create the first daily full Earth imaging satellite constellation

13 May 2014

Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global data, communication and remote sensing information, and Elecnor Deimos, the technology-focused subsidiary of Elecnor, today announced a joint partnership to develop Deimos Perseus, the first satellite constellation to provide frequent imaging of the entire Earth.

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Solar generator for CBERS 4 satellite shipped to China

09 May 2014

The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) has shipped the solar generator to China for the fourth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS 4).

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Experts demonstrate versatility of Sentinel-1

08 May 2014

From climate change monitoring to supporting humanitarian aid and crisis situations, early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.

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Sentinel satellite spies ice cap speed-up

08 May 2014

Melting at one of the largest ice caps on Earth has produced a big jump in its flow speed, satellite imagery suggests.

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Swarm's precise sense of magnetism

07 May 2014

Although they were launched only five months ago, ESA's trio of Swarm satellites are already delivering results with a precision that took earlier missions 10 years to achieve.

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China's polar-orbiting meteorological satellite now operational

06 May 2014

China's third Fengyun-III satellite, a polar orbiting meteorological satellite, was put into operation on Monday, according to a news release posted on the website of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

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How does your garden glow? NASA's OCO-2 seeks answer

05 May 2014

Science is full of serendipity -- moments when discoveries happen by chance or accident while researchers are looking for something else. For example, penicillin was identified when a blue-green mold grew on a Petri dish that had been left open by mistake.

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NASA-CNES move forward with global water and ocean surface mission

02 May 2014

NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail.

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Swarm 'delivers on magnetic promise'

02 May 2014

Europe's Swarm mission to measure the Earth's magnetic field in unprecedented detail is achieving impressive levels of performance, scientists say.

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Suomi NPP is NOAA's primary polar-orbiting weather satellite

01 May 2014

The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite is now the primary operational polar-orbiting spacecraft for NOAA's operational weather forecasting mission.

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