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Update from ESA Council, December 2018

14 December 2018

The ESA Council held its 277th meeting at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt on 12 and 13 December 2018.

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Axelspace raises $22.8 million for remote-sensing constellation

07 December 2018

Japanese startup Axelspace secured $22.8 million from investors to fund a constellation of specialised remote-sensing satellites.

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Helping countries verify their CO2 emission reductions

29 November 2018

With last month's release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C , it has become even more apparent that current pledges fall short of limiting global warming to the objectives stated in the Paris Agreement.

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Thales Alenia Space Practicing Prudent Optimism for GEO

29 November 2018

According to the star-gazing horoscope aficionados, Leo is action-oriented, loves to be in the limelight and has a distinct strength, able to earn "king of the jungle" status. Applied to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, there are some similarities. There certainly is a lot of activity in LEO, and with it being such a buzz word, it's hard to not hear people within the industry talking about LEO. But is it destined to be the king of the stars? It seems we'll soon be finding out but for now, it certainly has some of the industry's big hitters getting involved.

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Observing the Arctic provides benefits beyond climate change insights

14 November 2018

The societal benefits of Arctic observation far outweigh the investment required to conduct it, according to a new study from the JRC.

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Countdown to the 1st GMES & Africa forum in Gabon

08 November 2018

The African Union Commission is Organizing the 1st forum of the GMES and Africa Programme, under the theme "Unlocking the Potential for Earth Observation as a key drivier of Africa's sustainable development". It will be held from 19 to 23 November 2018, in Libreville, Gabon.

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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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