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Central Asian states discuss cooperation on common Earth observation satellite project

23 March 2019

Kazakhstan proposed an Earth observation satellite programme to the official governmental delegations of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan at a meeting of the first Central Asian Economic Forum at Uzexpocenter, according to a Trend News Agency report via Uzbek media.

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Kenya Space Agency to lead efforts in use of Earth data to curb drought

21 March 2019

Kenya's newly formed Space Agency will lead the country's work with the ground breaking Africa Regional Data Cube to mine almost two decades of satellite imagery for crucial insights on farming strategies as climate stresses mount, according to a new partnership announced today.

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New strategy to help Australian industry use satellite data

18 March 2019

Geoscience Australia and FrontierSI have engaged with more than 500 stakeholders on the development of its industry strategy for the Digital Earth Australia (DEA) program.

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EU brings Copernicus Earth observation program to Philippines

11 March 2019

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines on Monday introduced the regional bloc's Earth observation program, which is seen to help the country mitigate climate change impacts and improve security for communities faces with the threat of natural disasters.

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New observations for the new economy

08 March 2019

We all listen to weather forecasts and know they rely on satellite data. What may not be so obvious is that many other aspects of our lives depend on robust satellite data, from growing crops to tackling the major issue of climate change. The socio-economic benefits of Earth observation are huge, and increasing. In Europe, ESA, Eumetsat and the EU work closely together, in long-term partnerships, to make sure these benefits are delivered.

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NASA and NOAA emphasize value of commercial Earth science data

05 March 2019

The new acting administrator of NOAA and the retiring head of NASA's Earth sciences division praised the potential of commercial satellite data purchases to augment their own satellite systems.

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Declaration on transition to MTG adopted at ministerial level

22 February 2019

The 4th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) took place this week in Cairo, Egypt. Yesterday, ministers endorsed the Abidjan Declaration in support of the new generation of meteorological satellite products.

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SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation data contract

02 February 2019

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) signed a £25M contract in Beijing yesterday with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd (21AT) to provide data from a new Earth Observation satellite (SSTL-S1) due for launch on PSLV in the middle of this year. The contract was signed by Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of SSTL, and Mme Wu Shuang, President and Chairman of 21AT, and witnessed by the UK Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox.

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Chinese company inks deal to launch 90 commercial smallsats

30 January 2019

Satellogic's recent agreement with a Chinese company to launch 90 commercial Earth observation satellites on five or six dedicated Long March rocket flights marks one of China's biggest wins in the global launch market.

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Desertification, land degradation and climate change go hand in hand

28 January 2019

The link between desertification, land degradation and climate change is among several issues occupying the attention of the 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the next three days.

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New financial resources for Copernicus space component

22 January 2019

An amendment to the current Copernicus Agreement has been signed by the EU and ESA, adding €96 million to ESA's space component budget for the world's largest environmental monitoring programme: Copernicus.

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CGWIC Signs Agreement with Satellogic to Launch Earth Observation Constellation of 90 Satellites

15 January 2019

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) today announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic, the world's first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company. CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic's spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – will deliver a dedicated payload of 13 of Satellogic's spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit on a Long March 6 (LM-6) rocket.

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International focus on greenhouse gas monitoring satellites, sensors

11 January 2019

Greenhouse gas monitoring was a hot topic at the American Meteorological Society's annual conference with international agencies discussing a global constellation and companies showing a new generation of sensors.

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Ball and SSL win study contracts for methane emission tracking satellite

11 January 2019

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has awarded contracts to Ball Aerospace and Space Systems Loral to develop designs for a privately funded satellite to track methane emissions.

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EU Awards €2 Million to HiSea Project to Provide High Resolution Data on Sea Water Quality

07 January 2019

The European Union (EU) has awarded the HiSea consortium close to €2 million to develop, test and demonstrate information services that provide high resolution data of sea water quality.

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Climate leaders measure global impact of the EU’s Earth observation programme

17 December 2018

Over the past two weeks, leaders from around the world gathered in Katowice (Poland) to discuss the state of play and future of the international agreements on climate change.

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Update from ESA Council, December 2018

14 December 2018

The ESA Council held its 277th meeting at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt on 12 and 13 December 2018.

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Axelspace raises $22.8 million for remote-sensing constellation

07 December 2018

Japanese startup Axelspace secured $22.8 million from investors to fund a constellation of specialised remote-sensing satellites.

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Helping countries verify their CO2 emission reductions

29 November 2018

With last month's release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C , it has become even more apparent that current pledges fall short of limiting global warming to the objectives stated in the Paris Agreement.

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Thales Alenia Space Practicing Prudent Optimism for GEO

29 November 2018

According to the star-gazing horoscope aficionados, Leo is action-oriented, loves to be in the limelight and has a distinct strength, able to earn "king of the jungle" status. Applied to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, there are some similarities. There certainly is a lot of activity in LEO, and with it being such a buzz word, it's hard to not hear people within the industry talking about LEO. But is it destined to be the king of the stars? It seems we'll soon be finding out but for now, it certainly has some of the industry's big hitters getting involved.

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