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Space programs will boost development in Africa

11 August 2018

The fascinating space adventures of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the future of business and industry here on Earth.

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Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service enters a new phase

10 August 2018

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides data and information about the physical state variability and dynamics of the world's ocean, ice and marine ecosystems. A major CMEMS objective is to deliver and maintain a state-of-the-art service responding to public and private user needs.

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JAXA produces Collection of Good Practice in Disaster Emergency Observation

10 August 2018

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Authority (JAXA) has released a collection of good practices in disaster emergency observation using data captured by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) from 2014 to 2017.

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JRC analysis assists response to Laos dam collapse

03 August 2018

JRC scientists have carried out a dam break analysis to assist with emergency response efforts following catastrophic flooding in Attapeu Province in Laos.

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NASA’s Laser Communications Small Satellite Mission Demonstrates Technology First

02 August 2018

For the first time, a free-flying CubeSat has successfully completed space-to-ground optical communications. The Optical Communication and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission, designed and built by The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, sent a laser signal from low-Earth orbit to a ground station at the company's facilities.

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NOAA Offering Satellite Ride Share

31 July 2018

So, you thought ride sharing was just a new trend on Earth – it's also about to take off – literally – in space.

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Copernicus climate data boosts Europe's tourism sector

30 July 2018

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has commissioned a demonstrator project that will show the European tourism sector how to adapt to shifting trends in holiday travel due to the changing climate. Through the new Climate Data Store, a free operational service will ultimately deliver an interactive Web interface with pan-European data that allows users to find information on subjects ranging from forest-fire risk to locational suitability for a summer vacation.

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Happy Birthday Earth Observation!

25 July 2018

This week, arguably, marks the birth of the modern Earth Observation (EO). On the 23rd July 1972, the first Landsat satellite was launched.

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SpaceX’s fairing-catching boat heads to sea, this time with a bigger net

25 July 2018

After several near-misses in tries to catch payload shrouds jettisoned from Falcon 9 rockets climbing into space, a high-speed boat tasked with retrieving the fairings for SpaceX to reuse has been upgraded and dispatched into the Pacific Ocean ahead of a launch Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force in California.

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What are the tangible benefits of Copernicus?

20 July 2018

As the leading provider of full, free and open access to Earth Observation (EO) data across the globe, Copernicus impacts various economic sectors that influence the societal, economic and environmental progress of today's world.

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CAMS monitors long-range transport of Siberian wildfire smoke

20 July 2018

Since spring, several wildfires in central Russia and Siberia have sent huge quantities of smoke into the atmosphere, which travelled several thousands of kilometres across the Arctic Ocean to Alaska and North-West Canada and eventually the west coast of Greenland.

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Flashes in the sky: How the lightning sensor on a weather satellite can also track Meteoroids

20 July 2018

What do lightning strikes and meteoroids zipping through space have in common? It turns out they both can be tracked from a weather satellite. Scientists have discovered that the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on NOAA's GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites sees more than just lightning flashes in our skies.

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NASA Debuts online toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data

18 July 2018

While NASA's policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization. NASA's Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote commercial use of this data and the software tools needed to work with it.

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Lockheed Martin and Orbex to launch UK into new space age

16 July 2018

Lockheed Martin and Orbex are investing in space launch operations and bringing innovative new technology to Britain, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced on Monday, 16 July 2018, during the Farnborough International Airshow.

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Focus on the future of space transportation ESA’s call for ideas

16 July 2018

ESA is calling for ideas that will shape the future of space transportation services – to space, in space and returning from space.

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A scientist's final paper looks toward Earth's future climate

16 July 2018

A NASA scientist's final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the ocean and land in determining those levels.

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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

16 July 2018

A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland - A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland is set to become the UK's first spaceport.

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Simplified access to climate data from Copernicus and its partners

13 July 2018

The goal of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is to provide access to climate indicators, indexes and models to develop scenarios-based adaptation and mitigation measures. The Climate Data Store (CDS), launched on 14 June, simplifies the process of sharing authoritative climate data. At the heart of C3S, the newly released CDS will provide users with a single and centralised point-of-access to climate data from around the world.

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The 'monster' iceberg: What happened next?

09 July 2018

It was a wow! moment. The world's biggest berg, a block of ice a quarter the size of Wales, fell off the Antarctic exactly a year ago. But what then? 

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NASA uses Earth as a laboratory to study distant worlds

28 June 2018

 A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet, and shows that even with very little light - as little as one pixel - it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.

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