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ESA's Sentinel-3A is now complete

Sentinel-3A in the cleanroom at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France.

ESA has recently announced that its satellite Sentinel-3A is now fully formed, after 18 months of careful assembling.

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Mon, 22/12/2014 - 08:13
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48.8481
longitude: 
2.30457

Ground instability in Mexico City shown by satellite radar images

Radar satellites images showing Mexico City subsidence

Five radar scans from ESA's Sentinel-1A have been been combined to create an image showing ground deformation in Mexico City.

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Thu, 18/12/2014 - 12:14
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19.4326
longitude: 
-99.1332

ESA and the Asian Development Bank to employ Earth observation data for sustainable development

Earth observation image for agriculture and rural development applications

In October 2014 a new cooperative project between ESA and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), called Earth Observation for a Transforming Asia Pacific (EOTAP), was launched.

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Mon, 15/12/2014 - 14:12

GOCE satellite data will improve our understanding of ocean currents

Ocean currents from GOCE

Satellite data collected by ESA’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) have been used to create a more accurate gravity map of global ocean currents.

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Mon, 01/12/2014 - 11:00
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48.873
longitude: 
2.37017

ESA: Agreement on implementation of Copernicus space component

Signature of Copernicus Space Component Agreement

On 28 October 2014, representatives of the European Space Agency ESA and the European Commission signed an agreement that nominates the ESA as coordinator of the Space Component of the Copernicus p

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Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:09

Weather forecasting: Second generation MetOp satellites to be developed

Signature MetOp Second Generation

On 16 October 2014, at ESA's headquarters in Paris, France, a contract was signed by ESA and Airbus Defence and Space for creating the second series of MetOp weather forecasting satellites.

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Fri, 17/10/2014 - 10:08
latitude: 
48.8481
longitude: 
2.30457

ESA announces the beginning of Sentinel-1A operational life

Flood delineation map provided by Sentinel-1A

The European Copernicus Programme's first satellite Sentinel-1A has officially entered the operational phase on 6 October.

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Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:59
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49.8707
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8.62308

Radar Images: Sentinel-1A maps California earthquake

Napa Valley earthquake captured in an interferogram.

The European radar satellite Sentinel-1A has captured the rupture of the recent major earthquake in Napa Valley, California, USA. The quake on 24 August 2014 was the biggest one in 25 years.

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Tue, 02/09/2014 - 14:30
latitude: 
38.4274
longitude: 
-122.394

Sentinel-1 mission makes use of InSAR to track land deformation

Sentinel 1-A images

ESA’s Sentinel-1A satellite ws launched on 3 April carrying an advanced radar instrument system able to generate images of the Earth’s surface regardless of weather or time of day.

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Fri, 29/08/2014 - 15:21
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50.7374
longitude: 
7.09821

NASA to Launch SMAP Satellite to Combat Drought

Soil Moister Active Passive Satellite

At present no ground or satellite based global network infrastructure exists for monitoring soil moisture on a local level.

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Wed, 20/08/2014 - 14:24
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34.1478
longitude: 
-118.145