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Theos-2 contract

03 July 2018

On 22 June, Nicolas Chamussy, EVP Space Systems for Airbus Defence and Space and Sarah Parker, SSTL's Managing Director, signed a contract for the provision of a small satellite system and delivery of a training programme for Thailand's THEOS-2 programme.

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Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space

02 July 2018

Airbus and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the UNISPACE+50 conference celebrating half a century of international cooperation in outer space.

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Planet, Airbus start joint satellite-imagery product initiative

25 June 2018

WASHINGTON — Planet and Airbus Defense and Space's geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery products that leverage both companies' satellites.

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JAXA signs Implementation Arrangement (IA) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements

20 June 2018

JAXA and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning cooperation on validations, improvements, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements.

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Copernicus: a booster for the onshore wind energy sector

15 June 2018

The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets 17 Goals to be reached by 2030 including to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all". In line with the pursuit of this goal, onshore wind is an expanding source of energy in the European Union.

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Study estimates Copernicus benefits to be 10 times its costs

08 June 2018

With its full, free and open data policy, Copernicus is a global game-changer in Earth Observation and is supporting a stronger Europe. Since 2014, the Copernicus ecosystem has displayed an annual growth of 17% and the number of users has doubled every year, currently reaching over 150,000. During the period 2017 – 2035, Copernicus is expected to generate €67 to €131 billion in benefits to the European society, which is 10 to 20 times the cost of the programme.

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Sentinels modernise Europe’s agricultural policy

25 May 2018

In a move that could benefit around 22 million farmers, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy has entered the space age. Offering detailed and timely information on crops and farmland, the Copernicus Sentinels are now being used to simplify and modernise this longest-serving EU policy.

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ESA and SAP look to World Space Alliance

26 April 2018

With the launch of Sentinel-3B, the first set of Sentinels for Copernicus is now in orbit delivering an almost mind-boggling amount of data. While this wealth of information advances environmental monitoring, it also opens up huge business opportunities. To help bring these data to market, ESA and SAP have joined forces to create the World Space Alliance.

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Copernicus EMS and the International Charter Space & Disasters join forces

25 April 2018

After two years of intensive brainstorming and talks, Copernicus EMS and International Charter agreed how to join forces to better understand and manage the impact of emergencies and large disasters.

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China, Finland to enhance Arctic research cooperation

18 April 2018

China and Finland have signed an agreement to establish a joint research center for Arctic space observation and data sharing services, the China Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced.

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Innovation Radar to support EU-funded research and innovation projects

11 April 2018

On 10 April 2018, the European Commission launched the Innovation Radar – a data-driven online tool to help match innovators with those who can help get their innovations to market.

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Scepter Inc. unveils plan for global atmospheric monitoring constellation

23 March 2018

Scepter Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, unveiled plans 22 March to launch a constellation of satellites to provide global atmospheric monitoring services for government and commercial customers.

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ESA forms new Earth observation advisory group

22 March 2018

ESA's former Earth Science Advisory Committee has been changed, in name and in fact. Now called the Advisory Committee for Earth Observation, it is the senior advisory body to the Director of Earth Observation Programmes, acting as the Director General's representative, on all matters concerning Earth sciences included in ESA's Earth observation science programme.

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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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