Policy and Legislation News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 April 2016
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.
21 April 2016
University of Leicester researchers will visit Kenya from 25 – 29 April to start a new climate change initiative
Assessing the impacts of building capacity in the use of Earth observations through the NASA DEVELOP Program
21 April 2016
With the growing need for interdisciplinary approaches to address environmental and social issues, Earth observations are becoming an increasingly valuable resource. The versatility of Earth observations enables their application to a variety of decision-making situations. With this increased use, there has been emerging interest in quantifying the impacts from these applications. As a capacity-building program that utilizes NASA Earth observations, NASA's DEVELOP National Program has begun to explore such assessments.
20 April 2016
Czech Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek has announced the country's government is considering establishing a national space agency to boost the Czech Republic's domestic space sector. The announcement was made following Belobradek's recent trade mission to Florida.
Satellite technology plays a crucial role in measuring greenhouse gas emissions globally, the heads of several space agencies agreed Sunday as they vowed to work together to develop a coordinated monitoring system.
31 March 2016
ESA and Australia's national geological survey, Geoscience Australia, today agreed to cooperate to ensure data from the EU's Sentinel satellites are accessible in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
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