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One of every five cubesats launched between 2003 and 2014 is in violation of international guidelines calling for satellites to deorbit - by force of nature or their on-board systems - within 25 years of retirement, NASA said.
Nigeria has made a case for the use of Earth observation satellites (EO) to manage fisheries resources and ensure safety at sea.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 July, which sets out common objectives and areas of cooperation in the field of Earth observation and the environment over the coming years.
Planet Labs, seeking to accelerate its growth in the Earth observation market, announced on 15 July that it is acquiring BlackBridge and its RapidEye constellation of satellites.
UrtheCast Corp., announced on 22 June that its subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement with Elecnor, S.A. to acquire Elecnor's Earth Observation business dba Deimos Imaging for an aggregate price of €74.2 million, subject to customary working capital adjustments, with €69 million due at closing and €5.2 million to be paid over the next five years.
22 May 2015
A EUMETSAT delegation headed by its Director-General, Alain Ratier, is attending the 43rd plenary session of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, on 18-22 May 2015.
The 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE), opened in Berlin on 11 May 2015. At the invitation of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), approximately 750 experts from over 65 countries will take part in this biennial meeting.
A two-day meeting of the EC-Earth consortium, hosted by ECMWF on 5 and 6 May, reviewed progress in developing an improved Earth system model for fresh insights into climate change.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is hosting the 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) in Berlin from 11 to 15 May 2015.
19 March 2015
ESA and the UK Space Agency have signed an arrangement that establishes access to data from the Sentinel satellites, marking a significant step in their exploitation.
18 March 2015
With the second Copernicus-dedicated Sentinel satellite just months away from launch, ESA and France's CNES space agency, have signed a collaborative agreement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.
UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial solutions, have signed a memorandum of understanding to take stock of their combined expertise in the use of Earth observation technologies for economic, social, and scientific development and improved decision-making, particularly in developing countries.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United Nations University (UNU) have agreed to continue to strengthen their cooperation. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, and Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector of UNU in Europe and Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, signed an agreement to this effect on 23 February 2015.
12 January 2015
The year 2015 has been marked as a year of "climate challenges", the one in which a legally binding international agreement on climate will be negotiated.
05 January 2015
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press recently in the Salle de l'Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency's strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.
19 December 2014
An Africa-wide satellite data provider run by the African Union (AU) plans to expand its service coverage to the countries of North Africa, an official with the provider said Friday.
03 December 2014
Over the last two years, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has made gathering visible and invisible information about the Earth a priority. Now, the office is looking for a way to capture that data from the sky for less.
A ground-breaking agreement was signed in Brussels on 11 November 2014 between the European Commission and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). This agreement means that ECMWF will be managing the Copernicus Climate Change and Atmosphere Monitoring Services.
With the first Copernicus satellite now operational, ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.
EUMETSAT to provide space data and operational support to Copernicus marine, atmosphere and climate change services
07 November 2014
Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, signed the Agreement between the European Union and EUMETSAT on the implementation of the Copernicus Programme on 07 November 2014.
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