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Safeguarding our most precious resource: Water

22 March 2018

According to this year's Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum, water crises are one of the five biggest risks to society. ESA is working with development banks to help water-resource authorities use information from satellites to manage this precious resource.

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Polish Space Agency eyes $420 million program to develop satellites, space R&D

06 March 2018

The Polish Space Agency (POLSA) is currently consulting on its draft National Space Program under which it aims to spend close to 1.43 billion Polish zloty ($420 million) over an eight-year period. Senior agency officials say the program will allow them to team up Polish space industry players with foreign partners to develop two new satellites and acquire developed technologies.

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JAXA-ESA Joint Statement concerning bilateral cooperation

03 March 2018

On 03 March 2018, on the occasion of the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), JAXA and ESA held an Inter-Agency Meeting to discuss furthering their bilaterall cooperation. In the meeting JAXA and ESA announced a joint statement concerning the results of the studies of the Joint Working Groups established last May and future collaboration between the two agencies.

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New partnership aids sustainable growth with Earth observations

23 February 2018

NASA and the non-profit Conservation International are partnering to use global Earth observations from space to improve regional efforts that assess natural resources for conservation and sustainable management.

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SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation data contract

02 February 2018

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.

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NASA-JAXA joint statement on space exploration

26 January 2018

On 24 January 2018, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) met to exchange their views on space exploration. The agencies signed a joint statement affirming their strong mutual interest in continued future cooperation in space exploration.

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Finnish presidents signs space act as country's first commercial SAR micro-satellite launched

19 January 2018

Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country's first commercial SAR micro-satellite, Finland's President Sauli Niinistö signed the country's first comprehensive space legislation.

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France and China step up space cooperation in the fields of climate and exploration

10 January 2018

On 09 January in Beijing, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a memorandum of understanding on climate actions and space exploration with Wu Yanhua, Acting Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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Long-awaited US report charts course for studies of Earth from space

05 January 2018

Improving weather forecasts, predicting sea-level rise, and understanding ecosystem change top a new list of priorities for future US Earth-observing satellites.

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Swedish company to acquire cubesat manufacturer Clyde Space

23 December 2017

Swedish space company ÅAC Microtec announced on 22 Dec. it plans to acquire Scottish cubesat manufacturer Clyde Space, creating what the companies believe will be a dominant force in a growing sector of the industry.

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Romania and ESA sign Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for Sentinel data

20 December 2017

At an event held on 13 December at ESA's Headquarters in Paris, France, an Understanding for the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation was signed to facilitate Sentinel data exploitation in Romania.

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NASA planning to purchase Earth science data from commercial smallsat systems

15 December 2017

NASA expects to purchase Earth science data from constellations of commercial satellites early next year to see how useful they are in meeting the agency's research needs.

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One Planet Summit drives forward climate action

12 December 2017

On 12 December 2017, two years after the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement was adopted, Heads of State, governments, civil society and the private sector gathered in Paris to drive forward climate action and financing of a Greener future.

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DLR and Japan sign collaboration agreement on climate research

12 December 2017

Around the time of the Paris climate summit on 12 December 2017, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) signed a collaboration agreement regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases. "Through this agreement, we will be actively involved in implementing the aims established at the Paris Climate Change Conference COP-21 of 2015, and also contribute to the resolutions of COP-23 in Bonn," explained Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. "Annual workshops involving additional Japanese and German greenhouse gas 'stakeholders' will complement our work."

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UN designates decade of ocean science

11 December 2017

The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development' to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.

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Space Climate Observatory agreed ahead of One Planet Summit in Paris

11 December 2017

At an event in Paris, the UK Space Agency signed up to the global agreement to improve long-term sustainability and accessibility of climate data captured by satellites.

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Enabling FAIR data across the Earth and space sciences

08 December 2017

Data experts from publishers, repositories, and other organisations met last month to kick off a project to promote open and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data principles.

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NASA policy provides new approach to space science and technology missions

08 December 2017

A new NASA policy will give science and engineering communities a revised roadmap to allow more opportunities to conduct innovative science and technology from space.

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EUMETSAT takes steps to extend Meteosat and EPS operations and approves ground segment contracts for next generation systems

06 December 2017

At its 88th session, the EUMETSAT Council agreed to exploit the Meteosat second generation (MSG) and EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) satellite systems for another seven years and opened the votes enabling the 30 Member States to formalise associated financial commitments in the course of 2018.

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EuroGEOSS: Tailored Earth Observation Services

06 December 2017

EuroGEOSS is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with a focus on coordinating and scaling up user-driven applications being developed in Europe.

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