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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

NASA Launches New Era of Earth Science from Space Station

The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation that will leverage the space station’s unique vantage point in space. Before the end of the decade, six NASA Earth science instruments will be mounted to the station to help scientists study

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Satellites: Make Earth Observations Open Access

Detailed assessments — regional, global, daily and seasonal — of land use and land cover are needed to monitor biodiversity loss and ecosystem dynamics and to aid in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Satellite imagery is the best source of such data, especially over large areas. Observations need to be extensive, regular and

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Sentinel-1 Poised to Monitor Motion

Although it was only launched a few months ago and is still being commissioned, the new Sentinel-1A radar satellite has already shown that it can be used to generate 3D models of Earth’s surface and will be able to closely monitor land and ice surface deformation.

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Peruvian Satellite Tossed by Hand from the International Space Station

The Peruvian nanosatellite Chasqui-1 was tossed by hand by Russian astronauts from the International Space Station today. The two Expedition 40 spacewalkers, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, wrapped up a 5-hour, 11-minute excursion outside the International Space Station at 3:13 p.m. EDT Monday.  Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev deployed a small science satellite,

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Imaging Satellite Pioneers Global Sensing

With the WorldView-3 satellite launch today, it joins the extensive and capable set of DigitalGlobe satellites, greatly expanding commercial satellite imaging capacity as well as the domains where this imagery can be applied. In so many ways, this satellite is a pioneering effort that is highly calibrated and tuned to deliver unprecedented resolution, sensing capabilities,

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Canadian Space Agency Invests in Improved Radar Earth Observation

Industry Minister James Moore announced support for the development of new Earth Observation (EO) products that will provide crucial data to better understand our planet and manage our resources.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

DigitalGlobe Announces Second 30-Centimeter Satellite to Launch in Mid-2016

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), the leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, today announced its plans to accelerate the launch of WorldView-4, previously named GeoEye-2, to mid-2016 to meet demand from DigitalGlobe’s Direct Access and other commercial customers. A significant catalyst for this increased opportunity was the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi) Announces $25 Million Series A Financing

Spire, a satellite-powered data company, announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Spire is changing its name from Nanosatisfi, with rebranding rolling out through the end of the year.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Report: Earth Observation Priorities 2014

Within the borders of the world’s third largest country resides the most dynamic and technologically advanced economy on the globe. From smartphones and cars to supercomputers and nanotechnology, the United States is a global leader in innovation. As a vast country with a diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, plains, coasts, wetlands, lakes, and forests, and

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Understand Global Change

Global warming is affecting more than just atmospheric temperatures — it is also changing water cycles, soil conditions, and animal migrations. Earth observation satellites aid scientists in measuring and monitoring these changes so societies can better adapt. Here is a gallery of satellite projects that scientists are using to better understand how the planet is

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