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Jason-2 moves to a new orbit

30 June 2017

Jason-2, the European/US cooperative mission between EUMETSAT, the French Space Agency CNES, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will change orbit and take on an additional role next month.

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South Patagonian Icefield

Often shrouded in clouds and mist, the entirety of the South Patagonian Icefield is rarely visible from space. This mosaic combines cloud-free images acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on 29 April, 01 and 24 May, 2016.

Patagonia is one of the windiest and wettest regions on Earth. Westerlies gain moisture and momentum as they cross the Pacific Ocean. When they reach South America, they ride up and over the Andes, through fjords, and across two icefields.

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Great expectations from Sentinel-5 Precursor

22 June 2017

A low Earth-orbiting satellite, the Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) mission is dedicated to monitoring the composition of the atmosphere. Its data will be used largely by the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. The mission will deliver information to monitor air quality, stratospheric ozone and will also be used for climate variables monitoring, and support European policy-making.

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NASA detects drop in global fires

29 June 2017

Shifting livelihoods across the tropical forest frontiers of South America, the Eurasian Steppe, and the savannas of Africa are altering landscapes and leading to a significant decline in the amount of land burned by fire each year, a trend that NASA satellites have detected from space.

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Celebrating 60 years of EU and the EU Space Policy

16 June 2017

Rome became the epicentre of the European Space sector this week, as the eternal city hosted the high-level event 'Space Policy for EU integration' organised by the European Commission.

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Airbus and partners launch ‘Starling’ satellite service

22 June 2017

Airbus, together with non-profit organisation The Forest Trust (TFT) and radar satellite imagery expert SarVision, have launched Starling, an innovative satellite service enabling companies to demonstrate how they are implementing their ‘No Deforestation' commitments.

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HAPS4ESA

09 - 10 October 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

The objective of the workshop is to identify potential synergies between High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation.Contributions to the following topics are invited:

  • Platforms: State-of-the-Art and future HAPS.
  • Synergies of HAPS Payloads
  • Ground segment solutions for HAPS
  • Demonstration activities and prototyping campaigns
  • Operations solutions for HAPS
  • Regulatory topics: airspace regulation for HAPS with a focus on Europe, airworthiness, spectrum.

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