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NOAA's GOES-S satellite arrives in Florida ahead of 2018 launch

08 December 2017

NOAA's GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, headed south for the winter this week as it readies for launch in March 2018.

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NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station

06 December 2017

A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather.

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EUMETSAT ground segment is ready for the launch of Copernicus Sentinel-3B

05 December 2017

EUMETSAT has confirmed the readiness of its teams and the new version of its ground segment to support the launch and commissioning of the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite in a two-satellite configuration with Sentinel-3A.

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New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

01 December 2017

It's been working less than a month but already the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth's atmosphere.

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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus

01 December 2017

Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era.

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How to drift a satellite: What happens when NOAA GOES-16 is moved into operational position

30 November 2017

NOAA GOES-16, the newest and most advanced geostationary weather satellite, will begin moving into its operational orbit on November 30 - just over a year after it was first launched. After a three-week transition period known as "drift", NOAA GOES-16 will replace NOAA GOES-13 as the primary satellite monitoring the skies over the Western Hemisphere. Here is everything you need to know about GOES-16's journey to its new orbital position.

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SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch

23 November 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped two small satellites, CARBONITE-2 and LEO-1, to India in preparation for a late December launch on ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Sriharikota launch site.

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Forty years of Meteosat

22 November 2017

ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today.

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NASA's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone

21 November 2017

High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. But ozone is vulnerable to certain gases made by humans that reach the upper atmosphere. Once there, they react in the presence of sunlight to destroy ozone molecules.

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Three video imaging satellites launched from China

21 November 2017

A Long March 6 booster took off on Tuesday from China with three Earth observation satellites designed to record high-definition video and colour imagery from a perch more than 300 miles above the planet.

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ESA Member States approve Swarm extension

20 November 2017

At its 172nd meeting on 15-16 November, ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board approved the extension of the Swarm mission until the end of 2021.

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JPSS-1 heads to orbit

18 November 2017

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:47 a.m. PST on 18 November. The satellite's next-generation technology will help improve the timeliness and accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts three to seven days out.

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SSTL to build UrtheCast's UrtheDaily Constellation

14 November 2017

A signed contract for the Earth Observation satellites for the UrtheDailyTM Constellation was announced today by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and UrtheCast of Canada. The UrtheDailyTM Constellation, planned for launch in 2020, will be capable of scientific-grade quality, multi-spectral imagery, high-resolution, targeted specifically at geo-analytics applications.

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China's weather satellite launched into polar orbit

14 November 2017

A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched on Tuesday with a new polar-orbiting weather observatory named Fengyun 3D, replacing an ageing satellite for the China Meteorological Administration.

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Portuguese company embarks on first domestic satellite project

10 November 2017

Tekever, a Portugal-based company, is pulling together a team of domestic companies and organisations to build the first made-in-Portugal satellite.

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Thales Alenia Space signs contract with the UK Space Agency to work on climate change mission

09 November 2017

A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

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NASA CubeSat to test miniaturised weather satellite

08 November 2017

Behind every weather forecast - from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update - are the satellites that make them possible. 

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Aeolus wind satellite vacuum packed

02 November 2017

With liftoff on the horizon, ESA's Aeolus satellite is going through its last round of tests to make sure that this complex mission will work in orbit. Over the next month, it is sitting in a large chamber that has had all the air sucked out to simulate the vacuum of space.

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JPSS-1 to provide more accurate environmental forecasts

01 November 2017

NASA is preparing to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide essential data for timely and accurate weather forecasts and for tracking environmental events such as forest fires and droughts.

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Blue Canyon Technologies will build cubesat constellation for NASA hurricane observation

01 November 2017

To help understand drastic changes in tropical storm patterns, Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) will build a constellation of CubeSats for an observing system for NASA to measure environmental inner-core conditions for tropical cyclones.

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