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Landsat 8 marks five years in orbit

09 February 2018

In its five years in space, the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite has racked up some impressive statistics: 26,500 orbits around the planet, 1.1 million "scenes" captured, a motherlode of images that represents 16 percent of all the observations in the 45-year Landsat archive.

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Suomi NPP satellite sees South Korea 2018 Winter Olympics

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the Korean Peninsula on 08 February 2018, one day before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Wind satellite survives vacuum

07 February 2018

ESA's Aeolus satellite has been particularly tricky to build. One of the main stumbling blocks has been getting its lasers to work in a vacuum, but recent tests on the satellite show that the vacuum or temperature of space won't get in the way of Aeolus measuring Earth's winds.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3 soon to be in tandem

08 February 2018

The Sentinel-3B satellite scheduled for launch this spring, will be flying 30 seconds apart from its twin, Sentinel-3A, during the commissioning phase. This temporary tandem arrangement is to obtain better cross-calibration between instruments, thus reducing uncertainties in the multi-satellite time series and ensuring an overall high data quality.

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Leading a new Earth observation project to help predict Dengue Fever outbreaks

08 February 2018

The prevalence of dengue fever poses a global health issue, with half the world's population now estimated to be at risk from this mosquito-borne viral infection.

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How will the Earth observation market evolve with the rise of AI?

07 February 2018

For the Earth-observation industry, 2017 was an eventful year. Several trends emerged that could transform the market landscape as profoundly as the proliferation of smallsats already have.

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Sentinel-3 Validation Team Meeting

13 - 15 March 2018

Organisation: ESA and EUMETSAT

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Registration deadline: 01 March 2018

Meeting overview:

The fourth S3VT meeting will take place at EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, in the week of 13-15 March 2018.

The meeting will feature in-depth discussion around the results from the scientific validation of the operational products after 2 years of the Sentinel-3 A mission, and plans and prospects for the calibration and validation for the upcoming Sentinel-3B.

Participation in the S3VT is open under the rolling S3VT Announcement of Opportunity throughout the operational phase of the mission.

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