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Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides

23 August 2017

Scientists are investigating why mountain slopes can slip slowly for years and then suddenly speed up, with potentially fatal effects. Using improved sensor technology and help from the latest satellites these slow moving ground motions can be identified and studied.

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Hurricane Harvey

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite saw the temperature at the top of Hurricane Harvey on 25 August 2017 at 04:06 GMT as the storm approached the US state of Texas.

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Taiwanese satellite rides SpaceX rocket into orbit

25 August 2017

Flying with an exceptionally lightweight payload, a Falcon 9 rocket delivered a multipurpose research satellite into a nearly 450-mile-high orbit on 24 August for Taiwan following a smooth countdown and liftoff from California's Central Coast.

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New data record extends history of global air pollution

22 August 2017

Researchers extend long-term aerosol records to the past 40 years by combining two existing algorithms to process satellite data over both land and sea.

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Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts

17 August 2017

For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance payouts.

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Using satellites to monitor progress toward the SDGs

23 August 2017

The plummeting cost of satellite data in the past decade has made earth observation (EO) and geospatial information more attractive than ever for addressing poverty, monitoring environmental changes, and stimulating economic growth – among other objectives. It is especially valuable in developing countries, which often do not have adequate monitoring systems to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and national goals.

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HAPS4ESA

09 - 10 October 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

The objective of the workshop is to identify potential synergies between High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation.Contributions to the following topics are invited:

  • Platforms: State-of-the-Art and future HAPS.
  • Synergies of HAPS Payloads
  • Ground segment solutions for HAPS
  • Demonstration activities and prototyping campaigns
  • Operations solutions for HAPS
  • Regulatory topics: airspace regulation for HAPS with a focus on Europe, airworthiness, spectrum.

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