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Sentinel-1B launched to complete radar pair

25 April 2016

The second Sentinel-1 satellite – Sentinel-1B – was launched today to provide more ‘radar vision' for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme.

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Lake Saint Pierre, Canada

Lake Saint Pierre in Quebec, Canada, is pictured in this Flock-1 image, acquired on 14 April 2016. The lake is recognised as a Ramsar site and biosphere reserve.

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CALIPSO celebrates ten years of cloud observations from space

21 April 2016

After 10 years, CALIPSO continues to overachieve in its mission to gather unique data about our home planet's clouds and other tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere. Originally designed as a three-year mission, it's approaching its 10th anniversary without missing a step.

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The Arctic is facing a decline in sea ice that might equal the negative record of 2012

21 April 2016

Data collected by the CryoSat-2 satellite reveal large amounts of thin ice that are unlikely to survive the summer

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Sentinels in constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

22 April 2016

The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.

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Satellite project to protect threatened ecosystems will monitor Kenya’s forests in near real-time

21 April 2016

University of Leicester researchers will visit Kenya from 25 – 29 April to start a new climate change initiative

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4S Symposium

30 May - 03 June 2016

Organisations: ESA / CNES

Location: Valletta, Malta

Symposium Overview:

The special topic of 2016 is Small Satellites Go Viral! and describes the rapid increase in the usage of small satellites, the new constellations, and how these changes may affect the satellite community. The topic will be addressed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. Contributions addressing this topic are highly welcome.

As in previous years, the programme will also cover technical sessions: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

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