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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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China Launches 5 New Earth Observation Satellites into Orbit

19 September 2019

A Chinese Long March 11 rocket successfully launched five new remote-sensing satellites today (19 September).

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China launches Earth-observing satellites, solar sail experiment

12 September 2019

Two Earth-imaging satellites and an experimental solar sail payload rocketed into orbit Thursday aboard a Chinese Long March 4B launcher, the first flight for China's Long March 4 rocket family since an upper stage failure in May.

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Two Recently Launched ICEYE SAR Satellites Commissioned - Added to Commercial Constellation

12 September 2019

ICEYE, the leader in small synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology, today announced its two SAR satellites launched in July 2019 have finalized their initial commissioning, and are available for customer data orders.

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First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch

12 September 2019

A few months from now will see the launch of the first European satellite to demonstrate how onboard artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of sending Earth observation data back to Earth. Dubbed ɸ-Sat, or PhiSat, this revolutionary artificial intelligence technology will fly on one of the two CubeSats that make up the FSSCat mission – a Copernicus Masters winning idea.

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BNU-1 Polar observation satellite to debut soon

09 September 2019

China will soon launch the first satellite in its space-based polar observation network in an attempt to improve the nation's polar research capability, according to project insiders.

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Monitoring air pollution from fires

09 September 2019

The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks. These fires are not only an environmental tragedy in terms of lost forest and biodiversity, but they are also leaving their mark on the atmosphere, affecting air quality and, potentially, the global climate.

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Airbus Completes Ocean Satellite Sentinel-6A

03 September 2019

Airbus has completed the ocean satellite ‘Copernicus Sentinel-6A', and is now sending it on its first journey. Its destination: Ottobrunn near Munich in Germany, where over the next six months the satellite will undergo an extensive series of tests at Industrieanlagen Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) to prove its readiness for space.

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WildFireSat: Enhancing Canada's ability to manage wildfires

30 August 2019

Eighty-eight percent of Canada's 4 million km2 of forested lands is characterized as boreal forest, and is home to some of the largest and most intense wildfires in the world. Every year, Canada sees about 7,500 wildfires burn over 2.5 million hectares of forest, a territory about half the size of Nova Scotia.

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India to launch Cartosat-3 satellite by November

26 August 2019

India will launch its advanced cartography satellite, Cartosat-3, towards the end of October or early November, said K.Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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New Landsat infrared instrument ships from NASA

23 August 2019

From orbit aboard the Landsat 9 satellite, the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2, or TIRS-2, will measure the temperature of Earth's land surfaces, detecting everything from a smoldering wildfire, to the amount of irrigation used on crop fields, to wispy clouds that are all but invisible to other instruments. First, however, it had to survive tests that simulated the harsh environment of space.

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NASA's AIRS Maps Carbon Monoxide from Brazil Fires

23 August 2019

New data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, aboard the Aqua satellite, shows the movement high in the atmosphere of carbon monoxide associated with fires in the Amazon region of Brazil.

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