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Flotilla of tiny satellites will photograph the entire Earth every day

23 February 2017

On 14 February, earth scientists and ecologists received a Valentine's Day gift from the San Francisco, California-based company Planet, which launched 88 shoebox-sized satellites on a single Indian rocket. They joined dozens already in orbit, bringing the constellation of "Doves," as these tiny imaging satellites are known, to 144.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The Flock constellation acquired this clear view of San Francisco on 11 February 2017.

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Sentinel-1 lends a hand in Poland’s wetlands

23 February 2017

Poland's Biebrza National Park, protected by the Wetlands Convention, experiences certain disturbances in its water levels and water transfer, which could threaten its biodiversity.

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Genghis Khan: Could satellites help find his tomb?

24 February 2017

For Shay Har-Noy it was an 800-year-old puzzle about the burial place of Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan that sparked a very 21st Century business.

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MDA to acquire DigitalGlobe

24 February 2017

WASHINGTON — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates announced Feb. 24 that it will acquire commercial remote sensing company DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion, the biggest deal to date in the ongoing consolidation in the Earth imaging market.

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India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket

15 February 2017

An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on 14 February, the largest pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.

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10th EARSeL SIG Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop

19 - 21 April 2017

Organisation: EARSel

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Conference overview:

EARSeL's Special Interest Group on Imaging Spectroscopy aims at encouraging interdisciplinary discussions among specialists working with innovative Earth Observation methods and technologies.

After almost 20 years, the 10th workshop goes back to its roots at the University of Zurich where the first meeting took place at the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) in 1998.

For this anniversary, we welcome contributions related to any topic in spectroscopy!

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