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‘Ocean’ satellite Sentinel-6A beginning to take shape

30 August 2018

The integration of Sentinel-6A, the first of two satellites to continue measuring sea levels from 2020, has reached a new milestone and its critical phase: the propulsion module has been "mated" with the main structure of the satellite at Airbus.

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Vredefort Crater

The Vredefort Dome, which measures about 90 kilometres across, was observed on 27 June 2018, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

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Wind mission ready for next phase

24 August 2018

Having worked around the clock since the launch of Aeolus on Wednesday, teams at ESA's control centre in Germany have declared today that the critical first phase for Europe's wind mission is complete.

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One Year After Hurricane Irma: How Data Helped Track the Storm

30 August 2018

A year ago today, a tropical storm named Irma formed near the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Within days, Irma morphed into a monster Category 5 hurricane, barreling across the Atlantic and causing widespread damage across the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The storm's 5-day track forecasts were remarkably successful – in no small part thanks to improvements in weather prediction models and data from NOAA satellites.

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Counting on NASA's ICESat-2

28 August 2018

NASA is about to launch the agency's most advanced laser instrument of its kind into space. The Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, will provide critical observations of how ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice are changing, leading to insights into how those changes impact people where they live.

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Copernicus Research and User Support (RUS) celebrates its first anniversary

31 August 2018

The Copernicus Research and User Support (RUS) is a free-of-charge service funded by the European Commission. It offers a scalable cloud environment that enables users to remotely store and process Earth Observation (EO) data. This vast amount of free and open-source global data from Copernicus (which is produced at a rate of around 20 TB of data per day) comes from satellites, in addition to ground-based, airborne and seaborne measurement systems. To unleash the benefits of this data, the RUS Service also provides training sessions and webinars, as well as a helpdesk and a team of EO and IT experts who address user queries.

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COSPAR 2019

4 - 8 November 2019

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Herzliya, Israel

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2019

Course Overview: The 4th COSPAR Symposium 'Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development' will take place between 4-8 November, 2019. A preliminary list of invited speakers has Jack Lissauer from NASA Ames, Alan Stern from SWRI, Jose Sobrano from Valencia, Avi Loeb from Harvard, and Eric Priest from St. Andrews. A more comprehensive list of speakers, as well as the topics of the symposium and a preliminary program, will become available following the Pasadena SA in August 2018.

The topics of the symposium include:

  • Satellite and nanosatellite observations of ground and underground soil
  • Ground water, seas, and oceans
  • Atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Magnetosphere
  • Solar system objects (planets, asteroids, interplanetary space)
  • Extrasolar planets and the interstellar medium
  • The Milky Way and intergalactic space
  • Education for space engineering
  • Space sciences.

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