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Elon Musk’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

Elon Musk is attempting to fly the world’s most powerful rocket with his own sports car on the top. The US entrepreneur’s Falcon Heavy launcher is designed to have twice the lifting capacity of any other vehicle, but because of the historic high failure rate of maiden flights, only a dummy payload is being risked.…
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Op-ed: The Golden Age of European Earth Observation

In the past two decades, European priorities for space have had a clear focus: not about a race to space, but about making what we do in space relevant to humans down on Earth. Last month, the world watched as Europe launched their latest satellite, Sentinel-5p, making the Copernicus program fully operational and collecting terabytes…
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UrtheCast and Twenty First Aerospace Technology Sign a Strategic Partnership

UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”), and Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd (“21AT”), China’s largest independent commercial satellite operator and non-governmental investor in remote sensing satellite systems, today announced a long-term strategic partnership to acquire geospatial data from the UrtheDailyTM Constellation, UrtheCast’s planned constellation of Earth observation satellites which will deliver daily,…
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Crossing Drones with Satellites: ESA Eyes High-Altitude Aerial Platforms

ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a ‘missing link’ between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or HAPS, are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites – except that rather than working…
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Sentinel-5P Brings Air Pollution into Focus

Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This…
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International Charter Wins Prestigious Pecora Award

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has received a distinguished award for providing free satellite imagery, data and information to the global community during times of crises. The William Thomas Pecora Award is presented annually to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand Earth, educate the next generation of…
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Secrets of Hidden Ice Canyons Revealed

We are all aware that Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden world. Antarctica is surrounded by ice shelves, which are…
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ESA Takes the Reins of the Disaster Charter

When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable. Every six months, a different member…
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Sentinel-5P: Satellite in Excellent Health

Launched last week, Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health. The 820 kg satellite was lofted into orbit from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia last Friday on a Rockot. The satellite will use its state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument to monitor our atmosphere,…
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Ireland Signs Up To Copernicus Sentinel Agreement

ESA and Enterprise Ireland have signed an agreement that gives Ireland access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and helps Ireland to exploit these data to benefit their country. The agreement was signed on 13 October at ESA in the Netherlands just before the Copernicus Sentinel-5P launch event. Sentinel-5P, which will monitor air pollution,…
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