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Sentinel-2: Europe's 'Landsat' ready to picture planet Earth

25 February 2015

The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation (EO) programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

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Musa Bay, Iran

The Advanced Land Imager aboard NASA's EO-1 satellite acquired this view of Musa Bay, in Iran, on 20 January 2015.

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New NASA space cowboy successfully deploys its 'lasso'

26 February 2015

Like a cowboy at a rodeo, NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), has triumphantly raised its "arm" and unfurled a huge golden "lasso" (antenna) that it will soon spin up to rope the best soil moisture maps ever obtained from space.

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'Superhero vision' technology measures European lake's water quality from space

02 March 2015

New research by a team from the University of Leicester, the Hungarian Academy of Science and others shows how water quality can be checked from satellite images.

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Global change - DLR and the United Nations University agree on closer cooperation

23 February 2015

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United Nations University (UNU) have agreed to continue to strengthen their cooperation. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, and Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector of UNU in Europe and Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, signed an agreement to this effect on 23 February 2015.

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510 SmallSat launches planned over next five years

26 February 2015

According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or SmallSats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of SmallSats per year versus that of the past decade.

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35th EARSeL Symposium and Temporal Analysis Workshop

15 - 19 June 2015

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Symposium Overview:

EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and earth observations through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present their papers in many subjects including:

  • Scientific applications of remote sensing, emerging methods and techniques
  • Multitemporal analysis
  • Image processing, analysis and classification
  • Change detection
  • 3D remote sensing
  • RADAR, LiDAR, Thermal Remote Sensing

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