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Magnetic field mission fuelled for launch

16 October 2013

With launch just a month away, ESA's Swarm constellation has been fuelled. Engineers will soon be focusing on the careful task of attaching the three identical satellites to the upper stage of the rocket for simultaneous release into orbit around Earth.

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Skybox Imaging's hopes high as launch of first satellites draws near

14 October 2013

Skybox Imaging executives gathered 09 October in the company's parking lot to see the startup imagery provider's first satellite boxed up for its journey to the Yasny launch site in Russia, where it is scheduled to lift off 21 November on a Russian Dnepr rocket.

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GOCE completes its mission

10 October 2013

After nearly tripling its planned lifetime, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer - GOCE - is nearing its end of mission and will soon re-enter our atmosphere.

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Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite

02 October 2013

Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA's next geostationary weather satellite.

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China launches satellite to monitor natural disaster

25 September 2013

A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center has announced.

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China launches new weather satellite

23 September 2013

China successfully launched a meteorological satellite into orbit at 11:07 a.m. Monday, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center said.

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Pakistan's first remote sensing satellite system to be launched soon

22 September 2013

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan's first Remote Sensing Satellite System (RSSS) will be launched soon to meet the national and international user requirements in the field of satellite imagery.

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Exploring the Sentinels' potential

19 September 2013

ESA is sponsoring an initiative to explore the possible benefits that the Copernicus programme's Sentinel satellites can bring to geo-information communities in over 20 European countries.

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Preparing to launch Swarm

19 September 2013

With the launch of ESA's Swarm trio set for 14 November, the first satellite has arrived safely at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. This new mission will unravel one of the most mysterious aspects of our planet: the magnetic field.

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Satellites to serve

13 September 2013

ESA's first Sentinel satellite dedicated to Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is nearing completion in readiness for launch. The series of Sentinels and this ambitious programme were much in focus at the Living Planet Symposium.

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Water mission versatility

12 September 2013

While ESA's SMOS satellite continues to provide key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for a better understanding of the water cycle, Living Planet Symposium participants in Edinburgh heard how the mission is also set to improve weather forecasts.

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'Supermodel' GOCE satellite to fall to Earth

11 September 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing for the fiery fall to Earth of its GOCE gravity-mapping satellite.

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ESA's CryoSat mission observes continuing Arctic winter ice decline

11 September 2013

The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat mission.

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NASA satellites and HS3 Mission cover Tropical Storm Gabrielle's demise, watch other areas

06 September 2013

Two NASA satellites and one of NASA's Global Hawk aircraft got good looks at Gabrielle when it weakened from a tropical storm to a depression. Although Gabrielle is now a remnant low pressure area, there are a couple of other developing low pressure areas in the Atlantic Ocean basin to keep an eye on.

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Vietnam takes over control of nation's first remote sensing satellite

05 September 2013

Control of Vietnam's first remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1, has been officially handed over to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) four months after its launch, local media reported Thursday.

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New Landsat data just a few clicks away

05 September 2013

Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the US Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat-8, are now accessible in near-real time through a new portal hosted by ESA.

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Wide-angle view from space

30 August 2013

Officially, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X should have been out of service for over a year and a half - that's how long it has exceeded its intended lifespan. But engineers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have switched the satellite, which was launched to space on 15 June 2007, to yet another mode: TerraSAR-X can now record image strips over 200 kilometres wide.

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NASA's TRMM sees heavy rain over Taiwan from Tropical Storm Kong-Rey

30 August 2013

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew directly above western Taiwan on 28 August 2013 at 2108 UTC when Tropical Storm Kong-Rey was dropping enormous amounts of rain. Kong-Rey is expected to affect Japan over the next several days while moving parallel to its western coastline.

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Italy in an espresso cup

22 August 2013

A cloudless view of central and northern Italy, the snow-capped Alps and the European heartland was snapped by an experimental camera, smaller than an espresso cup, aboard ESA's minisatellite PROBA-2.

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Soviet-era missile boosts South Korean satellite

22 August 2013

A converted Russian ballistic missile rocketed out of an underground silo in southern Russia on Thursday and delivered a radar-equipped South Korean observing satellite to a 340-mile-high orbit, kicking off a five-year mission to collect high-resolution imagery to aid urban planners, emergency responders and environmental scientists.

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