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UN-SPIDER facilitates use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction

13 October 2018

Disasters cause tremendous loss of lives and assets around the world. Over the last twenty years, more than 1.35 million people have died, while over 4 billion have been displaced, left homeless, injured or in need of emergency assistance as a result of disasters according to a new report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). Economic losses rose by 151 per cent compared to those suffered in the period between 1978 and 1997.

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Public competition to sharpen views from Proba-V minisatellite

12 October 2018

ESA is challenging ‘citizen scientists' to apply the latest AI and image processing techniques to upscale images acquired by the Earth-watching Proba-V minisatellite.

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Saudi Arabia’s KACST Completes SaudiSat-5A And -5B Earth Observation Satellites

08 October 2018

Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has developed and manufactured SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B, two high-resolution Earth observation satellites to be launched later this year from China.

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First foreign space agency opens in Abu Dhabi

07 October 2018

French space agency - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiale (CNES) - opened a representative office in Abu Dhabi, becoming the first foreign space agency opening a representative office in the UAE.

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Australia stakes its claim to valuable space data with new super-satellite

03 October 2018

The recently launched NovaSAR-1 satellite has the ability to provide high-resolution Earth imagery for disaster assessment or crop monitoring even at night or in cloudy conditions. And Australia will have direct control of the data collected.

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VTT's nanosat hyperspectral camera remains stable after enduring one year of space weather and even a severe solar storm

02 October 2018

VTT's hyperspectral imager continues to observe the Earth on board the Aalto-1 nano-satellite. For hyperspectral imagers it is unique to reach such a small size and weight, and also to prove a capability to survive in harsh space conditions on-board a small satellite. It has even survived a grade X solar storm while still continuing to supply high-quality data.

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Satellites and satellite-based systems: Indispensable tools to keep us safe

27 September 2018

By providing accurate and timely information and connecting emergency response teams, satellites and satellite-based systems play a critical role supporting first responders and search and rescue teams in emergency situations.

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Satellite radar altimetry: past and future

27 September 2018

Satellite radar altimetry measures the time taken by a radar pulse to travel from the satellite antenna to the surface and back to the satellite receiver. This measurement yields a wealth of information that can be used for a wide range of applications – in particular, for understanding sea-level rise.

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New tools to boost access to NASA Earth science data

26 September 2018

NASA has funded five new projects to develop tools and technology to make the agency's massive Earth science datasets more accessible and user-friendly.

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OSTST and 25 years of Altimetry

24 September 2018

Today marks the start of the "25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry" symposium, running the whole week and taking place in Ponta Delgada, Azores.

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Three Earth Explorer ideas selected

21 September 2018

As part of ESA's continuing commitment to realise cutting-edge satellite missions to advance scientific understanding of our planet and to show how new technologies can be used in space, three new ideas have been chosen to compete as the tenth Earth Explorer mission.

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Now you can be a part of global world land map project

21 September 2018

Upload photos of land cover change around you; join the open challenge from 22 Sept to 01 Oct.

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Copernicus Risk & Recovery Mapping: Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction around the globe

21 September 2018

Since 1989, the United Nations has facilitated global initiatives to reduce the impact of disasters. The latest agreement, the Sendai Framework, was adopted to guide collaborative efforts from 2015 to 2030. The framework encourages an increased use of Earth Observation (EO) technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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An artist's surreal view of Australia – created from satellite data

17 September 2018

There are more than 4,800 satellites orbiting Earth. They bristle with sensors – trained towards Earth and into space – recording and transmitting many different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.

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Hurricane Florence: How Satellites Are Tracking the Monster Storm from Space

13 September 2018

As Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the U.S. East Coast, several satellites are monitoring the dangerous storm system with a variety of instruments.

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Taiwan seeks collaboration with India in outer space

08 September 2018

Taiwan's space agency NSPO has sought collaboration with the ISRO, especially in the areas of the outer space and tracking extreme weather events, its officials have said.

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Copernicus data in action, 10 Hackathons across Europe!

07 September 2018

A series of ten Copernicus Hackathons will be organised across Europe from the end of September. These Hackathons will gather the most technically creative minds of Europe to develop new software prototypes that make use of Copernicus data.

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PlanetWatchers Announces Breakthrough SAR Analytics Platform

05 September 2018

PlanetWatchers has developed a new multi-source Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) platform that utilizes multiple SAR sources to deliver actionable insights without the usual delays due to weather, time of day, and environmental conditions.

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Earth’s Rich Textures, Seen by Satellite

31 August 2018

From the soaring peaks of the Himalayas to Baltic algae blooms, Earth-observing satellites showcase the breathtaking and seemingly tactile beauty of our planet.

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Copernicus Research and User Support (RUS) celebrates its first anniversary

31 August 2018

The Copernicus Research and User Support (RUS) is a free-of-charge service funded by the European Commission. It offers a scalable cloud environment that enables users to remotely store and process Earth Observation (EO) data. This vast amount of free and open-source global data from Copernicus (which is produced at a rate of around 20 TB of data per day) comes from satellites, in addition to ground-based, airborne and seaborne measurement systems. To unleash the benefits of this data, the RUS Service also provides training sessions and webinars, as well as a helpdesk and a team of EO and IT experts who address user queries.

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