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1 in 5 cubesats violates international orbit disposal guidelines

23 July 2015

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.

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Nigeria makes case for Earth observation satellite to combat illegal fishing

22 July 2015

Nigeria has made a case for the use of Earth observation satellites (EO) to manage fisheries resources and ensure safety at sea.

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Strengthening cooperation on Earth observation and the environment

15 July 2015

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.

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Planet Labs buying BlackBridge and its RapidEye constellation

15 July 2015

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.

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UrtheCast to acquire the Deimos Imaging Earth observation business from Elecnor S.A.

22 June 2015

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.

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EUMETSAT participates in CGMS-43

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.

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Satellites - A reliable source for Earth observation

11 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.

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EC-Earth moves towards improved Earth system model

07 May 2015

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.

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DLR Earth Observation conference - In contact with MERLIN and Copernicus

30 April 2015

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.

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UK joins Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment

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.

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France guaranteed access to Sentinel data

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.

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UNOOSA and DigitaGlobe sign agreement to collaborate on satellite imagery

27 February 2015

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.

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Global change - DLR and the United Nations University agree on closer cooperation

23 February 2015

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.

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Climate Symposium outcomes carry into crucial year

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.

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In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy

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.

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African satellite information provider expands services

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.

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Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

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.

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Copernicus Climate Change and Atmospheric Monitoring Services launched

11 November 2014

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.

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DLR and ESA sign the Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for Sentinel data

10 November 2014

With the first Copernicus satellite now operational, ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.

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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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