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European radar satellite operators see partnership as key to commercial success

14 October 2013

The Spanish and German governments and their industrial partners are counting on an unprecedented bilateral partnership in radar satellite surveillance to establish a firm commercial footing in a sector that has been resistant to commercial success.

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Seventh issue of the International Charter Newsletter available

14 October 2013

The seventh issue of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters newsletter is now available to download.

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CNES study details pros, cons of alternative imagery architectures

10 October 2013

The French space agency, CNES, is exploring three different types of next-generation high-resolution optical imaging satellite systems, including one that would operate in an unusual elliptical orbit to provide up to 45 minutes of "staring" time over a given target area, with a 1-metre ground resolution.

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South African Space Agency to offer children a different view of Earth

08 October 2013

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on 09 October, as part of Global Space Week, launched Fundisa: satellite imagery tools to support the high school geography curriculum.

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Astrium contract boosts Kazakhstan's satellite efforts

04 October 2013

The Kazakh government is on track to leverage its contract with Astrium of Europe into an ability to build and operate optical Earth observation satellites, according to the company managing the work.

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DLR to be first user of Earth sensing platform MUSES on ISS

02 October 2013

On 1 October 2013, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) signed a memorandum of agreement to develop an instrument for the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), which will be mounted on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Space junk cleanup satellite launching on Swiss space plane in 2018

02 October 2013

A Switzerland-based spaceflight company is finalising plans with Canada over a potential launch site for a new private space plane, which is slated to launch a satellite to clean up space junk by 2018.

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Satellite-based Earth observation growth to be driven by commercial vertical markets

01 October 2013

NSR's Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 5th Edition report, projects satellite-based EO revenues from Data, Processing and Information Products will reach $6 billion in the coming ten years, up from $2.2 billion in 2012.

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Outback Rover helps sharpen satellite signals

26 September 2013

A prototype autonomous vehicle, or rover, developed by CSIRO is helping scientists improve the accuracy of Earth observation satellites that provide valuable data to our mining and agricultural industries.

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Ultra-fast electrons explain third radiation ring around Earth

23 September 2013

In the already complicated science of what creates - and causes constant change in - two giant doughnuts of radiation surrounding Earth, researchers have added a new piece of information: some of the electrons reach such enormous energies that they are driven by an entirely different set of physical processes. These results were published in a paper in Nature Physics on 22 September 2013.

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African dust storms in our air

20 September 2013

You might find it hard to believe that dust clouds from the African Sahara can travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, but it does every year and in large quantities. In a recent study, Joseph Prospero, professor emeritus at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and collaborators at the University of Houston and Arizona State University found that the average air concentrations of inhalable particles more than doubled during a major Saharan dust intrusion in Houston, Texas.

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Students learn to observe the Earth at the Living Planet Symposium School Lab

20 September 2013

Over 100 students and educators from the UK took part in a School Lab in Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Living Planet Symposium 2013. The Lab gave participants the opportunity to learn about the science and technology behind Earth Observation through half day sessions of lab experiments and demonstrations.

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Jack Dangermond to receive UN top environment award for pioneering geo-spatial technology for conservation and development

18 September 2013

An environmental scientist and entrepreneur who revolutionised the use of geo-spatial technology for conservation is to receive the 2013 Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental accolade.

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ESA EO publishes Request for Information for Thematic Exploitation Platforms

17 September 2013

ESA's Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (D-EOP) has opened a Request For Information (RFI) directed at collecting ideas for the implementation of some Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEPs) as part of the evolution of the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) operations concept.

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Looking to the future of Earth observation

13 September 2013

The Living Planet Symposium has come to a close in Edinburgh, and a week of talking about past, present and future satellite missions, as well as the scientific challenges facing us, has prepared Earth observation for a new chapter.

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China's satellite imagery capabilities coming into sharper focus

13 September 2013

The Chinese government, which over the past 20 years has been one of the world's biggest markets for commercial Earth observation satellite imagery, has achieved autonomy in medium-resolution imagery and expects to reach that goal in submetric imagery within three to five years, according to China's Center for Resource Satellite Data and Applications (CRESDA).

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Earth observation opportunities expected to develop in emerging markets

11 September 2013

According to Euroconsult's recently published research report, Satellite-Based Earth Observation: Market Prospects to 2022, the number of Earth observation (EO) satellites launched by civil government and commercial entities is expected to more than double over the next decade to 360 satellites, translating into $35.8 billion in manufacturing revenues over 2013 to 2022, an 88% increase over the previous decade.

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This September, ask a climate scientist

04 September 2013

The topic of climate change inspires a lot of debate. At NASA, it has also inspired a lot of science.

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School lab comes to the UK

30 August 2013

Students and educators are invited to sign up for the School Lab to be held at ESA's largest scientific conference of the year, the Living Planet Symposium.

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NOAA, EUMETSAT sign long-term agreement for weather, climate monitoring

28 August 2013

Building on a 30-year relationship, top officials from NOAA and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a long-term cooperative agreement, ensuring continued space-based weather, water and climate monitoring.

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