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Friday, June 20th, 2014

SSTL Announces the Successful Launch of KazEOSat-2

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) today announced the successful launch of KazEOSat-2, a medium resolution Earth observation satellite for the Republic of Kazakhstan, at UTC 19:11:1. The spacecraft was launched into a 630km sun-synchronous orbit on board a DNEPR rocket from Yasny in Russia.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

QuikScat’s Eye on Ocean Winds Lives on with RapidScat

Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data. Built in less than 12 months, QuikScat has watched ocean wind patterns for 15 years and improved weather forecasting worldwide. Despite a partial instrument failure in 2009, it provides

Friday, June 20th, 2014

NASA’s OCO-2 Observatory Ready for Launch

The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at VAFB is targeted for 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) at the opening of a 30-second launch

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

DigitalGlobe Announces New Oil & Gas Offerings From Spatial Energy

DigitalGlobe, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, today announced the availability of the first in a series of new commercial offerings for the energy market from recently acquired Spatial Energy.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

NPL Leads Metrology for Earth Observation and Climate Project and Receives €2M Funding

The National Physical Laboratory’s work on Earth Observation and Climate Change has been highlighted by David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, during an event today at the Royal Society in London, entitled ‘Space: The new view on climate change’.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

EU Enhances Commercial Access to Earth Observation Data

Businesses and research institutions will soon have more reliable access to commercial earth observation satellite data, according to a proposal presented by the European Commission in Brussels today. It aims to ensure better access to high resolution earth observation satellite data (HRSD) in particular, which, together with HRSD-based applications, are an essential tool for environment

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

CASIS Announces Grant Awards for Remote Sensing

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has announced grant awards for five projects focused on remote sensing and Earth observation. These awards stem from the CASIS Request for Proposals (RFP) “Remote Sensing From the International Space Station.” CASIS is the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Iran Launches Satellite Monitoring System

Iran launched a satellite monitoring system dubbed “Iran Sat” in Alborz Space Center, in the Central part of the country. The center includes a receiving system of “Unisean-36” for receiving satellite images of “Modis” and another system for receiving image and data from Eumetcast satellite network. Read More

Monday, June 16th, 2014

What’s the significance of Google’s purchase of Skybox, and the removal of imagery restrictions?

Last week was a remarkable one for earth observation announcements. First was the news that Google would purchase Skybox Imaging and their low Earth orbit satellites and planned constellation for more than $500 million. Then there was the news that the Commerce Department was lifting imagery resolution restriction on DigitalGlobe, opening up what the company

Monday, June 16th, 2014

How Copernicus Supports Bathing Water Quality Monitoring

Diving into refreshing coastal waters is one of the summer pleasures enjoyed by millions of European citizens. During the last few years most beaches proved to be clean and healthy, meeting compulsory EU Bathing Water Directive standards. However, industrial and domestic sewage or intensive farming as well as natural phenomena may pollute bathing water, causing

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