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DigitalGlobe announces second 30-centimetre satellite to launch in mid-2016

31 July 2014

DigitalGlobe announced on 31 July 2014 its plans to accelerate the launch of WorldView-4, previously named GeoEye-2, to mid-2016 to meet demand from DigitalGlobe's Direct Access and other commercial customers.

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Microsatellites Hodoyoshi-3 and 4 start capturing Earth images

31 July 2014

Two micro-satellites "Hodoyoshi-3 & 4″ developed by the University of Tokyo under the FIRST program of the Cabinet Office of Japan were launched at local time 01:11 on 20 June (04:11 am Japanese Standard Time) by the Dnepr Launch Vehicle at Yasny Launch Base in Russia. The satellites are now in their initial operation phase and are capturing Earth images with wide angle, 40m, and 240m resolution cameras.

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Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning

30 July 2014

Although ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes of our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science

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NASA's TRMM satellite measures up Super Typhoon Rammasun

22 July 2014

NASA's TRMM satellite measured up Super Typhoon Rammasun's rainfall rates, rainfall totals and cloud heights providing a look at the inner workings and aftermath of the storm.

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China to launch HD observation satellite this year

21 July 2014

China will launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, to space this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).

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ESA releases the fifth generation of GOCE gravity field solutions

18 July 2014

The fifth generation GOCE gravity field solutions based on the so-called Time-wise (TIM) and Direct (DIR) methodologies, have been processed and verified by the GOCE HPF team, and are now made available to the public by ESA.

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Versatility extends life of water mission

18 July 2014

SMOS is not only delivering key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for science, but its data are also being used for a growing number of practical applications. Reflecting this versatility along with new synergistic opportunities, the mission will now remain operational until at least 2017.

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Rising-2 captured highest resolution image of Earth's surface

16 July 2014

Microsatellite Rising-2 has succeeded in capturing high precision images of the Earth's surface. Using a High Precision Telescope (HPT), it has successfully taken colour images at a spatial resolution of 5m, the highest in the world among 50kg-class satellites.

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Ten-year endeavour: NASA's Aura tracks pollutants

15 July 2014

NASA's Aura satellite, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on 15 July, has provided vital data about the cause, concentrations and impact of major air pollutants. With its four instruments measuring various gas concentrations, Aura gives a comprehensive view of one of the most important parts of Earth - the atmosphere.

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Space station-bound supply ship launched from Virginia

13 July 2014

A fresh load of supplies and research experiments began a three-day journey to the International Space Station on Sunday after a successful midday launch aboard an Antares rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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How does a beer cooler help understand climate?

09 July 2014

While engineers have almost finished building the first Sentinel-3 satellite for ocean forecasting and marine safety, a beer cooler has an unusual role in supporting the long-term record of sea-surface temperatures.

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Successful launch for UK Space Agency's first cubesat mission

09 July 2014

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first cubesat mission, was successfully launched on 08 July 2014 at 16:58 BST.

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NASA-JAXA's new precipitation satellite sees first Atlantic hurricane

08 July 2014

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times between 1 and 5 July 2014. Arthur is the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

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NASA's RapidScat to unveil hidden cycles of sea winds

07 July 2014

Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Scientists would especially like to understand the role that the daily heat of the sun plays in creating winds.

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First images from SPOT 7 satellite within three days after launch

04 July 2014

Airbus Defence and Space has published the first images obtained from the SPOT 7 satellite, a mere three days after its launch on 30 June.

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OCO-2 lifts off on carbon-counting mission

02 July 2014

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere.

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French imaging satellite in orbit after launch from India

30 June 2014

A commercial imaging satellite blasted off on top of an Indian rocket Monday, reaching orbit a few minutes later to punctuate the deployment of a fleet of French spacecraft designed to monitor Earth with regularity and precision.

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WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base for mid-August launch

27 June 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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First image data acquisition by Daichi-2 (ALOS-2)

27 June 2014

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has acquired images from the Phased Array Type L-band Aperture Radar-2 (PALSAR-2) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2).

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NASA's OCO-2 will track our impact on airborne carbon

25 June 2014

Every time we get in a car and drive, we burn gasoline, releasing carbon dioxide and other compounds into the air and disturbing Earth's climate. Our use of fossil fuels continues to increase exponentially, with more than half of all fossil fuels ever used by humans being consumed in the last 20 years.

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