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Business in the ever-changing digital world

06 October 2016

In an era of profound digital transformation, business leaders and IT experts are convening at ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, today for the first SAP Digital Leaders' Summit.

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How democratised Earth observation data can radically change environmental debates

04 October 2016

When it comes to environmental regulation, Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has been extremely clear: Social license or ‘community buy-in' will be absolutely necessary.

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Two companies win first NOAA commercial weather contracts

15 September 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded contracts on 15 September to two companies who will provide weather data as part of a pilot program that could lead to greater uses of data from commercial satellites.

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Estonia signs up to Sentinel agreement

13 September 2016

ESA and Enterprise Estonia have signed an arrangement that gives one of ESA's newest Member States access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites.

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ECMWF launches new Strategy

12 September 2016

ECMWF has launched its new ten-year Strategy, which sets ambitious goals that push the limits of predictability in weather forecasting.

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USGS and India Space Research Organisation to cooperate further in observing Earth

26 August 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have finalized an agreement for new levels of cooperation in the exchange and use of Earth observation data.

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DARPA to establish satellite-servicing consortium to discuss on-orbit repair standards

22 August 2016

The U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency plans to establish a consortium to discuss standards and practices for on-orbit satellite servicing as a corollary to Robotic Servicing of Geostationary Satellites (RSGS), an effort to develop robotic spacecraft to inspect, repair and move other satellites.

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EUMETSAT and NOAA secure data exchange for Copernicus

08 August 2016

EUMETSAT and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed a Technical Operating Arrangement (TOA) to support the exchange of data related to Copernicus, the Earth Observation Programme of the European Union.

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NASA, USAID open environmental monitoring hub in west Africa

14 July 2016

NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have opened a new environmental monitoring program in West Africa that will enhance the role of space-based observations in the management of climate-sensitive issues facing the world today.

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Technologies for humanitarian assistance

11 July 2016

The German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been actively involved in humanitarian aid for many years. Alongside government partners, the private sector and scientific institutions, DLR is supporting the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) work towards a world with zero hunger.

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ESA’s Dragon cooperation with China extended to 2020

08 July 2016

ESA and China have launched the fourth phase of the collaborative Dragon programme in Wuhan City, on the Yangtze River, which recently experienced major floods witnessed by Europe's Sentinel-1 satellite.

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EUMETSAT approves new strategy and move of Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean

29 June 2016

Named "Challenge 2025", the new strategy targets the smooth transition from the current to the next generation of EUMETSAT satellite systems and responds to the "big data" challenge with a roadmap of pathfinder projects for future data services aimed at providing more and better data access services for users.

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Increased use of satellite technology set to improve on-the-spot-checks and reduce costs of administering the CAP

22 June 2016

Following a visit to the JRC, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, expressed confidence that increased use of satellite technology can help Member States to significantly increase the efficiency of on-the-spot checks necessary for CAP payments.

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Environmental knowledge of the future

15 June 2016

The European environmental data landscape has changed considerably over the last four decades. The complex nature of environmental degradation calls for more systemic analysis and relevant data to underpin it. In recent years, the European Environment Agency's work has increasingly included systemic analyses. The EEA will continue to identify emerging issues and help expand Europe's environmental knowledge.

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Estonia’s first contract with ESA focuses on ocean health

07 June 2016

Estonia has been awarded its first contract since becoming an ESA Member State in 2015. Over the next three years, scientists from Estonia's Tartu Observatory will head an international team to ensure that Sentinel-3's measurements of ocean colour are of the highest quality possible.

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World’s space agencies unite to face the climate challenge

03 June 2016

For the first time, under the impetus of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the French Space Agency (CNES), space agencies of more than 60 countries agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

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DLR and CNES renew their framework agreement for bilateral cooperation

02 June 2016

At the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) in the presence of Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and also German Aerospace Coordinator, and Thierry Mandon, French Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, renewed their 2002 cooperation agreement on 2 June 2016. The agreement was signed by Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, Gerd Gruppe, Member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the German Space Administration, and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall.

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Le Gall calls for more satellites to help fight climate change

04 May 2016

Satellites will play a vital role in ensuring the agreements reached last year at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference are followed through, but more are needed, according to Jean Yves Le Gall, president of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency.

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Ready to build the Biomass forest mission

03 May 2016

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space UK signed a €229 million contract on 29 April to build the next Earth Explorer: the Biomass satellite, due to begin its mission in 2021.

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UNITAR signs MoU with BlackSky ensuring future satellite constellation can benefit UN and developing countries through UNOSAT

28 April 2016

UNITAR has signed a collaboration agreement with BlackSky Global, a new provider of satellite imagery aiming to launch a 60-satellite constellation of earth observation satellites in orbit starting this year. The Memorandum of Understanding includes joint work on research and innovative applications of satellite imagery, as well as training and capacity development towards developing countries. Thematic areas covered in the collaboration includes humanitarian relief and early recovery, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, cultural heritage and environmental monitoring and sustainable development.

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