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40 years of GOES: The anniversary of GOES-1

16 October 2015

40 years ago, on 16 October 1975, NOAA's first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Known as GOES-A when it launched, the satellite was designated GOES-1 once operational.

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Deep blue Red Sea reefs

This beautiful true-colour image, acquired by the Sentinel-2A satellite on 28 June 2015, features the Red Sea coral reefs off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

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Sentinel-3A shows off

15 October 2015

Before the latest satellite for Copernicus is packed up and shipped to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia for launch at the end of the year, the media and specialists were given the chance to see this next-generation mission centre-stage in the cleanroom.

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FormoSat-5 slated for February 2016 launch

16 October 2015

Taiwan's FormoSat-5, an ultra-high-resolution Earth observation satellite operated by the Hsinchu City-headquartered National Space Organization, is scheduled for launch in February 2016, according to the NSPO.

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China launches commercial remote-sensing satellite

07 October 2015

China launched a group of four satellites on 7 October at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology.

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2015 Antarctic maximum sea ice extent breaks streak of record highs

15 October 2015

The sea ice cover of the Southern Ocean reached its yearly maximum extent on 6 October. At 7.27 million square miles (18.83 million square kilometres), the new maximum extent falls roughly in the middle of the record of Antarctic maximum extents compiled during the 37 years of satellite measurements - this year's maximum extent is both the 22nd lowest and the 16th highest.

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36th EARSeL Symposium

20 - 24 June 2016

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Bonn, Germany

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:

  • Agriculture
  • Archaeology
  • Biogeophysical/ Biogeochemical parameters
  • Climate Change
  • Land Degradation and desertification
  • Developing countries
  • Disaster management
  • Forestry and forest fires
  • Heritage conservation
  • Ice and snow
  • Land use and land cover
  • Oceans, coastal zones, and inland waters
  • SDSS and monitoring systems
  • Urban areas
  • Vegetation and chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Water management
  • Wetlands

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