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India’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 to be launched tomorrow

26 November 2019

India's latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 will be launched tomorrow morning. The national space agency ISRO says, the satellite will be launched along with 13 customer payloads from the US from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikotta at 09:28 hours on Wednesday, using the workhorse rocket PSLV-C47.

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French earthquake fault mapped

17 November 2019

This week, southeast France was hit by a magnitude 5 earthquake with tremors felt between Lyon and Montélimar. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission has been used to map the way the ground shifted as a result of the quake.

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Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing

15 November 2019

The next satellite tasked with maintaining the "gold standard" measurement of sea-level rise is about to enter final testing. Sentinel-6a will pick up from the long-running Jason series of spacecraft when it launches in November 2020.

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Ozone hole set to close

08 November 2019

The size of the ozone hole fluctuates – usually forming each year in August, with its peak in October, before finally closing in late November or December. Not only will the hole close earlier than usual in 2019, but it is also the smallest it has been in 30 years owing to unusual atmospheric conditions.

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SSTL announces NovaSAR-1 data deal with the Philippines

07 November 2019

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has signed an agreement with Republic of the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) to provide a share of the tasking and data acquisition services from NovaSAR-1, the innovative small S-Band radar satellite launched into a 580km sun synchronous orbit in September 2018.

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China launches new Earth observation satellite

03 November 2019

China have launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-7, which will play an important role in land surveying and mapping, urban and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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SMOS 10 years in orbit

31 October 2019

SMOS has been in orbit for a decade. This remarkable satellite has not only exceeded its planned life in orbit, but also surpassed its original scientific goals.

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Arianespace and ESA announce EarthCare launch contract

28 October 2019

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) today announced the signature of a launch services contract with a Soyuz launch vehicle for the EarthCARE satellite.

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Tiny NASA Satellite Will Soon See ‘Rainbows’ In Clouds

28 October 2019

NASA's next attempt to map invisible specks in the atmosphere that impact climate change and air quality started from a window seat over the Pacific.

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Brazil and China to launch sixth Earth observation satellite

28 October 2019

The sixth remote observation satellite developed in partnership between Brazil and China will be launched into space and put into orbit on 17 December, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said in a statement issued in São José dos Campos.

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Contract seals deal for Biomass satellite’s ride into space

28 October 2019

Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract that secures the launch of the Earth Explorer Biomass satellite. With liftoff scheduled for 2022 on a Vega launch vehicle from French Guiana, this new mission is another step closer to mapping the amount of carbon stored in forests and how it changes over time though deforestation, for example.

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Celebrating a Mission that changed how we use Radar

11 October 2019

11 October, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of the end of a space mission that transformed the way we use radar to observe large-scale environmental processes on our home planet. The Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) mission made available to people worldwide the scientific data used to this day to inform decisions to slow and mitigate climate change.

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ICON begins study of Earth’s Ionosphere

10 October 2019

A Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket launched NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite at 9:59 p.m. EDT on 10 October from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) to study the dynamic zone in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather from above.

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Gaofen satellite launched by Long March 4C

04 October 2019

China launched a new remote sensing satellite on Friday, with a Long March 4C lofting Gaofen-10's replacement. The launch took place at 18:50 UTC from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

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Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Successful Years

04 October 2019

The Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the third in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions designed to measure sea surface height, successfully ended its science mission on 01 October. NASA and its mission partners made the decision to end the mission after detecting deterioration in the spacecraft's power system.

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JASON-2 Announcement

30 September 2019

After more than 11 years in orbit and well beyond its three- to five-year mission baseline, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) on Jason-2 will permanently cease acquisition of scientific data at 06:48 UTC on 01 October 2019 due to ageing-related issues onboard the spacecraft.

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A Beam of LITE: 25 Years of Earth-observing Lidar in Space

30 September 2019

It wasn't even supposed to be a science mission. That wasn't the primary goal, anyway. It was a technology demonstration. Scientists and engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, wanted to prove that an Earth-observing lidar could work in space.

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Landsat 9 Instrument Ready for Spacecraft Assembly

27 September 2019

The Landsat 9 instrument that will help scientists detect deforestation, monitor crops and track potentially toxic algal blooms, among many other uses, is now built, tested, and in place to be assembled onto the spacecraft.

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A New Satellite to Understand how Earth is Losing its Cool

24 September 2019

Following a rigorous selection process, ESA has selected a new satellite mission to fill in a critical missing piece of the climate jigsaw. By measuring radiation emitted by Earth into space, FORUM will provide new insight into the planet's radiation budget and how it is controlled.

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NOAA weather satellite transferred to U.S. Air Force

19 September 2019

A retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration geostationary weather satellite is being handed over to the U.S. Air Force to fill in a gap in the service's forecasting requirements.

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