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Monday, September 11th, 2017

Darkness Blooms off Brazil

In early September 2017, ocean scientists noticed something swirling in the waters off the coast of the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The sinuous threads of darkness amid the blue Atlantic Ocean were not caused by oil; they were the result of a phytoplankton bloom. The dark colors are probably high concentrations of dinoflagellates, according

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a satellite laser-ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in ice sheets, and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture. The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Satellites Predicting Locust Plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favorable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

New Report Projects $1.7 Billion Polar Revenue Opportunity

A new report from Northern Sky Research (NSR), Polar Satellite Markets, 2ndEdition, shows more than $1.7 billion in revenue growth generated by the Arctic and Antarctic regions across a range of applications and frequency bands, driven by new bandwidth and capacity opportunities. Maritime demand will drive the growth of this nascent market, resulting in a

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Detecting Methane Before It Becomes a Disaster

Methane leaks and explosions are uncommon, but they can be fatal, as witnessed in the April 2017 Firestone, Colo., explosion that killed two men and seriously injured one woman. In May 2017, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued a Notice to Operators that requires systematic inspection of their inventory of flowlines—active as well

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Satellite Navigation Monitors Water Supplies

Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the United States, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. To help alleviate this problem, a European Space Agency (ESA) spin-off that hopes to help preserve water supplies while guaranteeing crop irrigation is now

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Satellite Manufacturing & Launch Market to Generate $258 Billion in Next Decade

The Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 7th Edition (SMLS7) report from Northern Sky Research forecasts 2,356 satellites are expected to launch during the coming decade, with both GEO and non-GEO satellite operators turning to diverse solutions to remain competitive with space-based and terrestrial players. NSR identified a growing focus on leveraging advanced technologies and new

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Scientists, Satellites Monitor ‘Golden Tides’

The Atlantic Ocean’s Sargasso Sea is named for its floating masses of Sargassum algae that are essential to local marine life. However, these drifting “islands” may be shifting to new areas on both sides of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. If they reach land, the massive algal blooms can affect local fisheries and tourism. The authors

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Research Partnership Uses Satellite Technology for Oceanic Flow Study

The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) will deploy 550 SPOT Trace satellite trackers from Globalstar Inc. in its continued research expedition with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), which is dedicated to forecasting the fate of oil dispersed into the environment to

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Swarm Satellites Help Scientists Understand Earth’s Magnetic Field

Earth’s magnetic field is like a huge cocoon, protecting the planet from cosmic radiation and charged particles found in solar wind. European Space Agency (ESA) Swarm satellites are recording details about one of the most difficult to observe layers of Earth’s magnetic field—as well as the magnetic history imprinted on Earth’s crust. Most of Earth’s

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