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European Commission chairs the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites for the first time

05 November 2018

The European Commission's role as Chair of CEOS has offered a remarkable opportunity to further advance CEOS priorities. The European Commission worked with the past chair USGS, the 2018-2019 Chair of the Strategic Implementation Team, NOAA, and the relevant stakeholders to ensure substantive and timely continuity of CEOS activities.

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Revised remote sensing regulatory rule nears release

26 October 2018

The Commerce Department plans to soon release a new rule designed to streamline licensing of commercial remote sensing systems with what one official called a "fundamentally different" approach for licensing.

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Airbus leveraging partnerships, investments to deliver greater ground truth

19 October 2018

In August, Airbus Intelligence, a key player in the global geospatial industry, announced its Zephyr high-altitude drone set a world record, remaining aloft for nearly 26 days while gathering high-resolution imagery of Arizona.

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Space agencies welcome new entrants developing satellites for tracking greenhouse gases

09 October 2018

As a growing number of organizations propose satellites to monitor greenhouse gases, national space agencies who already operate such spacecraft welcome those new entrants — as long as they're willing to share their results.

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HyperSat reveals hyperspectral plans

05 October 2018

HyperSat LLC emerged from stealth mode in September to announce it raised $85 million to launch two high-resolution hyperspectral imaging satellites in 2020.

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NASA evaluates commercial small-sat Earth data for science

04 October 2018

NASA has launched a pilot program to evaluate how Earth science data from commercial small-satellite constellations could supplement observations from the agency's fleet of orbiting Earth science missions. On 28 September, the agency awarded sole-source contracts to acquire test data sets from three private sector organizations.

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Airbus and Australian Space Agency deepen partnership

28 September 2018

Airbus and the Australian Space Agency (ASA) have signed a statement of intent confirming the European manufacturer's commitment towards enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the country's space sector.

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Abidjan forum discusses using satellite data for sustainable development

24 September 2018

About 170 participants from national meteorological and hydrological services, government agencies and regional institutions in more than 50 African nations are attending the 13th biennial forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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Arianespace signs fifth Vega C contract

20 September 2018

European launch provider Arianespace signed a contract with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute for a Vega C mission 20 Sept., growing the rocket's backlog to five as its debut launch nears.

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Planet and Orbital Insight expand satellite imagery partnership

19 September 2018

Planet, who operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites, and Orbital Insight, the leader in geospatial analytics, announced today a multi-year contract for Orbital Insight to source daily, global satellite imagery from Planet. The contract is an expansion of their previous imagery-sharing agreement.

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With its Vega/Vega C launcher, Arianespace to orbit THEOS-2

12 September 2018

Arianespace announced today that it will orbit THEOS-2, the very-high-resolution Earth observation optical satellite for Thailand, under the terms of a turnkey contract between Airbus Defence and Space and the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA).

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How does Copernicus support the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

03 August 2018

Copernicus, the European Union's flagship programme for Earth Observation and Monitoring, can be used to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as set out by the United Nations (UN), in Europe and worldwide.

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Airbus backs VietNam’s space industry development

02 August 2018

Airbus will work with Việt Nam to develop the country's space sector following a recent letter of intent inked between the company and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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Enhancing competitiveness of European space Sector with increased investments

13 July 2018

ESA's Director General Jan Wörner and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle signed a joint statement on enhancing the competitiveness of the European space sector by supporting investments in actors of the sector with promising short- or medium-term perspectives on 13 July 2018.

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EUMETSAT approves funding for storage of recurrent MTG Satellites, new cooperation agreements with ESA and China and elects new chairman

06 July 2018

Meeting in Oslo, Norway, this week, the EUMETSAT Council approved funding for industrial activities required by EUMETSAT for the long term storage of the four Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) recurrent satellites after their acceptance at the Pre-Storage Reviews, their de-storage, the preparation and execution of their launch campaigns and support to in orbit commissioning.

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Theos-2 contract

03 July 2018

On 22 June, Nicolas Chamussy, EVP Space Systems for Airbus Defence and Space and Sarah Parker, SSTL's Managing Director, signed a contract for the provision of a small satellite system and delivery of a training programme for Thailand's THEOS-2 programme.

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Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space

02 July 2018

Airbus and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the UNISPACE+50 conference celebrating half a century of international cooperation in outer space.

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Planet, Airbus start joint satellite-imagery product initiative

25 June 2018

WASHINGTON — Planet and Airbus Defense and Space's geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery products that leverage both companies' satellites.

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JAXA signs Implementation Arrangement (IA) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements

20 June 2018

JAXA and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning cooperation on validations, improvements, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements.

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Copernicus: a booster for the onshore wind energy sector

15 June 2018

The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets 17 Goals to be reached by 2030 including to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all". In line with the pursuit of this goal, onshore wind is an expanding source of energy in the European Union.

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