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Copernicus Sentinel-3 improves observation of inland waters

28 September 2018

While world-class scientists are meeting in the Azores to discuss how satellites have revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite has new reasons to shine.

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Tropical-like cyclone headed for Crete and Greece

A tropical-like cyclone, also known as a medicane, has now fully developed in the Mediterranean. The medicane, captured by the NOAA-20 polar orbiting satellite at 8 a.m. ET on 27 September, 2018, is expected to continue "organising and strengthening" on Friday, according to Severe Weather EU.

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Sister satellites, briefly separated, working together again

27 September 2018

CloudSat and CALIPSO: They were designed to complement each other in the 1990s. They launched together on the same rocket in 2006. Then they spent more than 10 years orbiting Earth in formation with a coterie of other satellites in what's known as the A-Train, or afternoon constellation.

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Arctic sea ice at minimum extent for 2018

27 September 2018

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.59 million square kilometers (1.77 million square miles) on 19 and 23 September, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2018 minimum ties with 2008 and 2010 as the sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record. 23 September is the latest day in the year the Arctic sea minimum has occurred in the satellite record—observed this year and in 1997.

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Airbus and Australian Space Agency deepen partnership

28 September 2018

Airbus and the Australian Space Agency (ASA) have signed a statement of intent confirming the European manufacturer's commitment towards enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the country's space sector.

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Satellites and satellite-based systems: Indispensable tools to keep us safe

27 September 2018

By providing accurate and timely information and connecting emergency response teams, satellites and satellite-based systems play a critical role supporting first responders and search and rescue teams in emergency situations.

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Satellite radar altimetry: past and future

27 September 2018

Satellite radar altimetry measures the time taken by a radar pulse to travel from the satellite antenna to the surface and back to the satellite receiver. This measurement yields a wealth of information that can be used for a wide range of applications – in particular, for understanding sea-level rise.

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COSPAR 2020

15 - 23 August 2020

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Sydney, Australia

Abstract submission deadline: February 2020

Course Overview: The 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will take place between 15-23 August, 2020 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The theme of the 2020 Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact.

There will be up to 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels, including the following topics:

  • The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB).

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