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Joining forces on Earth science to benefit society

13 May 2019

With human activity leaving its indelible mark on the landscape and affecting the climate, our natural world is changing faster than at any other time in history. Science is fundamental to understanding environmental change so that these huge challenges can be tackled. To ensure a more efficient approach on Earth-system science and to bring direct benefits to society, ESA and the European Commission are working to join forces.

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SSTL announces new Earth observation data contract with Airbus

30 April 2019

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018.

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Global 5G Wireless Networks Threaten Weather Forecasts

29 April 2019

The U.S. government has begun auctioning off blocks of wireless radio frequencies to be used for the next-generation communications network known as 5G. But some of these frequencies lie close to those that satellites use for crucial Earth observations—and meteorologists are worried that 5G transmissions could interfere with their data collection.

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Partnerships boost UAE's space ambitions

26 April 2019

The UAE space programme is striking partnerships with established space players as it seeks to turn its space dreams of Mars exploration and human spaceflight into reality.

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South Korea To Aid Turkmenistan In Remote Sensing Satellite Development

23 April 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Turkmenistan last week as part of a tour of Central Asian republics, and pledged South Korean expertise in helping the country to develop its first remote sensing satellite.

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NASA awards Planet $6.7 million for climate campaign

11 April 2019

NASA awarded Planet a $6.7 million contract to provide Earth imagery for climate research.

Under the award Planet revealed in an 11 April blog, NASA will supply Planet data to 35 researchers to evaluate its utility alongside data provided by government Earth observation sensors, including NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, and the second Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite.

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PlanetObserver Enters Partnership with Airbus to Distribute VHR Geospatial Data in Europe

26 March 2019

PlanetObserver, provider of value-added geospatial data for civil and military solutions, has announced a new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services, to distribute their portfolio of very high resolution imagery and elevation products and services in Europe.

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Central Asian states discuss cooperation on common Earth observation satellite project

23 March 2019

Kazakhstan proposed an Earth observation satellite programme to the official governmental delegations of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan at a meeting of the first Central Asian Economic Forum at Uzexpocenter, according to a Trend News Agency report via Uzbek media.

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Kenya Space Agency to lead efforts in use of Earth data to curb drought

21 March 2019

Kenya's newly formed Space Agency will lead the country's work with the ground breaking Africa Regional Data Cube to mine almost two decades of satellite imagery for crucial insights on farming strategies as climate stresses mount, according to a new partnership announced today.

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New strategy to help Australian industry use satellite data

18 March 2019

Geoscience Australia and FrontierSI have engaged with more than 500 stakeholders on the development of its industry strategy for the Digital Earth Australia (DEA) program.

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EU brings Copernicus Earth observation program to Philippines

11 March 2019

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines on Monday introduced the regional bloc's Earth observation program, which is seen to help the country mitigate climate change impacts and improve security for communities faces with the threat of natural disasters.

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New observations for the new economy

08 March 2019

We all listen to weather forecasts and know they rely on satellite data. What may not be so obvious is that many other aspects of our lives depend on robust satellite data, from growing crops to tackling the major issue of climate change. The socio-economic benefits of Earth observation are huge, and increasing. In Europe, ESA, Eumetsat and the EU work closely together, in long-term partnerships, to make sure these benefits are delivered.

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NASA and NOAA emphasize value of commercial Earth science data

05 March 2019

The new acting administrator of NOAA and the retiring head of NASA's Earth sciences division praised the potential of commercial satellite data purchases to augment their own satellite systems.

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Declaration on transition to MTG adopted at ministerial level

22 February 2019

The 4th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) took place this week in Cairo, Egypt. Yesterday, ministers endorsed the Abidjan Declaration in support of the new generation of meteorological satellite products.

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SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation data contract

02 February 2019

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) signed a £25M contract in Beijing yesterday with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd (21AT) to provide data from a new Earth Observation satellite (SSTL-S1) due for launch on PSLV in the middle of this year. The contract was signed by Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of SSTL, and Mme Wu Shuang, President and Chairman of 21AT, and witnessed by the UK Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox.

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Chinese company inks deal to launch 90 commercial smallsats

30 January 2019

Satellogic's recent agreement with a Chinese company to launch 90 commercial Earth observation satellites on five or six dedicated Long March rocket flights marks one of China's biggest wins in the global launch market.

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Desertification, land degradation and climate change go hand in hand

28 January 2019

The link between desertification, land degradation and climate change is among several issues occupying the attention of the 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the next three days.

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New financial resources for Copernicus space component

22 January 2019

An amendment to the current Copernicus Agreement has been signed by the EU and ESA, adding €96 million to ESA's space component budget for the world's largest environmental monitoring programme: Copernicus.

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CGWIC Signs Agreement with Satellogic to Launch Earth Observation Constellation of 90 Satellites

15 January 2019

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) today announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic, the world's first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company. CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic's spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – will deliver a dedicated payload of 13 of Satellogic's spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit on a Long March 6 (LM-6) rocket.

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International focus on greenhouse gas monitoring satellites, sensors

11 January 2019

Greenhouse gas monitoring was a hot topic at the American Meteorological Society's annual conference with international agencies discussing a global constellation and companies showing a new generation of sensors.

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