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Commercial remote sensing companies seek streamlined regulations

17 March 2017

A regulatory system crafted a quarter-century ago is failing to keep up with an evolving commercial remote sensing industry, which companies say is slowing down their efforts to develop new satellite systems and capabilities.

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EUMETSAT and China National Space Administration sign Framework Agreement

15 March 2017

Today, Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement that provides the policy framework for the continuation and expansion of EUMETSAT's cooperation with China on monitoring the atmosphere, oceans and climate from space.

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MDA to acquire DigitalGlobe

24 February 2017

WASHINGTON — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates announced Feb. 24 that it will acquire commercial remote sensing company DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion, the biggest deal to date in the ongoing consolidation in the Earth imaging market.

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Farmers to benefit from ESA-BASF collaboration

10 February 2017

With farming an exacting science, ESA and the world's leading chemical company, BASF, have joined forces to see how data from satellites can best serve the agricultural community.

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EUMETSAT and NOAA sign Polar System Programme Implementation Plan

21 December 2016

On 15 December, Europe and the US achieved another milestone in the cooperation on meteorological satellite systems when Marc Cohen, EUMETSAT Associate Director for LEO Programmes and Harry A. Cikanek III, NOAA Director, Joint Polar Satellite System signed the plan that will implement the Joint Polar System (JPS).

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Sentinels down under

09 December 2016

The European Union's Sentinel satellites, developed and operated by ESA, will play a critical role in Australia's efforts to manage its vast land and marine environment.

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CNES and IFREMER sign framework agreement

09 December 2016

Thursday 8 December at CNES's Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and François Jacq, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ifremer, the French institute of marine research, signed a framework agreement on space to advance knowledge of the marine environment.

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European ministers ready ESA for a united space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0

02 December 2016

ESA today concluded a two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ministers in charge for space matters from ESA's 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities and programmes based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.

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Agreement between ASI and JAXA

25 November 2016

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have signed an important agreement to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on Disaster Risk Management through the joint data use of Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation radar satellites and the Japanese radar satellite ALOS-2.

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Space agencies combine efforts for space hydrology

11 November 2016

Heads of space agencies are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco at the COP22 climate change summit to reaffirm their commitment to a coordinated approach for monitoring Earth's climate, with particular focus on the water cycle.

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GEONETCast to bring Earth observation data to more users

10 November 2016

The GEO-XIII Plenary meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, today, has adopted a new work programme incorporating GEONETCast as one of its foundational tasks, with the aim of bringing Earth observation data to more users around the world

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ESA and Asian Development Bank join forces

09 November 2016

ESA and the Asian Development Bank have signed an agreement to collaborate over the next five years to use information from space to support sustainable development.

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Science meets Parliaments: deepening cooperation

08 November 2016

In the second edition of 'Science meets Parliaments', European, national and regional policy-makers met scientists from across Europe on 8 November to discuss closer collaboration in the interest of better policy making based on scientific evidence. The conference in Brussels was organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in cooperation with the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA).

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The Paris Climate Agreement enters into force

04 November 2016

The Paris Agreement legally enters into force today; 30 days after the EU's ratification pushed it past the threshold to take effect.

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Access to crucial satellite environmental data assured through Geoscience Australia-EUMETSAT cooperation

03 November 2016

A technical operating arrangement between Geoscience Australia and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will enhance access to environmental Earth observation data for Australia and the South East Asia - South Pacific region.

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New Commission space policy puts focus on improving people’s daily lives and boosting Europe’s competitiveness

26 October 2016

EU space programmes already deliver services that benefit millions of people. The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today's proposal for a new space policy will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space.

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CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

24 October 2016

Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".

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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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