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Third Sentinel satellite launched for Copernicus

16 February 2016

The third ESA-developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched on 16 February, ready to provide a 'bigger picture' for Europe's Copernicus environment programme.

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Icy Sumy Oblast, Ukraine

This Flock-1 image, acquired on 17 February 2016, shows icy fields during winter in Sumy Oblast, Ukraine.

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The first complete CYGNSS spacecraft

12 February 2016

NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission has reached a new milestone in its goal of improving hurricane forecasts. Southwest Research Institute has finished assembling one of the eight microsatellites for the constellation at its facility in San Antonio, Texas.

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The unique radar signature of rain falling on water

19 February 2016

If rain falls on an ocean and nobody's there to see it, how can we determine its effect on the Earth's climate? A new study shows us how space-based radar could help.

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Safer seafaring with satellites

17 February 2016

The 'Ocean Change' expedition is receiving support from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). The crew of the expedition vessel, which is currently navigating the Antarctic Peninsula, is receiving high-resolution radar images acquired by TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X.

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NOAA satellites helped save 250 lives in 2015

16 February 2016

Last November in the skies north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a U.S. Air Force pilot ejected from his F-16 fighter jet. When he safely reached the ground, the signal from his personal locator beacon, or PLB, was promptly picked up by NOAA satellites; the same spacecraft that help predict and track weather in the United States. That distress signal set into motion a coordinated rescue mission that brought him safely back to his family.

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AARSE 2016 Conference

24 - 28 October 2016

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing Environment (AARSE)

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Application submission deadline: July 2016

Conference Overview:

The AARSE 2016 conference is expected to bring together about 700 global delegates entailing scientists, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, technology developers/experts and business entities from various interdisciplinary fields of geo-information science, hazard and disaster science, humanitarian assistance, geography, engineering, geology, water, ecology, agriculture, social sciences and space science to deliberate on issues of enhancing and accelerating sustainable development in Africa in the midst of natural resource degradation, conflict, global environmental changes and rapid demographic changes.

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Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.

This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.