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2009-02-12 08:25:00

Following word from Eurockot that launch of the Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can take place between July and October this year, ESA, CNES and the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space are now making detailed preparations for the last crucial steps before ESA's water mission is placed in orbit. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite has been in storage at Thales Alenia Space's facilities in Cannes, France since May last year awaiting for a third stage of the Rockot launcher to...

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2009-01-26 16:37:48

Entries are now being welcomed for the 4th Global Trajectory Optimization Competition. The competition seeks to find the best solution to an interplanetary trajectory problem. It has proved a unique playground for researchers to test new ideas and to compare methods. Space travel can often be a long process, with years or even decades of cruise time before any science can be done. This competition was initiated in 2005 by ESA's Advanced Concepts Team to stimulate research into techniques for...

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2008-12-16 14:16:53

Oceanography data that will help scientists around the world better understand climate change are now available. The data come from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, also known as OSTM/Jason-2, a spacecraft developed jointly by NASA and the French space agency. Launched June 20, 2008, the mission's first validated data products in support of improved weather, climate and ocean forecasts are now being distributed to the public within a few hours of observation. Beginning in 2009, other...

2008-12-16 10:24:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oceanography data that will help scientists around the world better understand climate change are now available. The data come from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, also known as OSTM/Jason-2, a spacecraft developed jointly by NASA and the French space agency. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Launched June 20, 2008, the mission's first validated data products in support of improved weather, climate and ocean...

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2008-12-15 10:47:15

Wind and wave data from ESA's Envisat satellite radar are being used to observe meteorological conditions in the track of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race. CLS, a subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES), acting through its new radar applications division (formerly the BOOST Technologies Company), is using the race to demonstrate the ability of Envisat radar imagery to operationally observe oceans at high resolution. Based on the trajectory and speed of the boats, CLS is...

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2008-11-13 15:15:00

Interest in so-called "weightless flights" continues to gain momentum among European politicians, space agency directors and even elementary, middle school and high school students. The Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery program is an initiative that places teachers on micro- and zero-gravity flights to test Newton's laws of motion so that the participants may energize students in the formative middle-school years. France's space agency CNES has made specific efforts...

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2008-10-31 10:25:00

Humanitarian aid workers responding to devastating flooding in Honduras have received assistance from space, with satellite images of affected areas provided rapidly following activation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced and 33 lives have been claimed by floods and landslides brought on by a tropical depression that hit the Central American country on October 16. On October 27, the UN Institute for Training and Research...

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2008-07-30 12:00:00

Less than a month after launch, the NASA-French space agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason 2 oceanography satellite has produced its first complete maps of global ocean surface topography, surface wave height and wind speed. The new data will help scientists monitor changes in global sea level and the distribution of heat in the ocean. This information is used to monitor climate change and ocean circulation, and to enable more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts. The...

2008-07-30 12:01:03

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Steve Cole, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-0918, stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov, or Alan Buis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., +1-818-354-0474, alan.buis@jpl.nasa.gov, both of NASA WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Less than a month after launch, the NASA-French space agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason 2 oceanography satellite has produced its first complete maps of global ocean surface topography, surface wave...

2008-07-08 03:00:20

Text of unattributed report headlined "ISRO, French space agency ink pact" published by Indian newspaper The Hindu website on 8 July Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French Space Agency Centre, National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), have recently signed an agreement on the policy for distribution of data received from Megha Tropiques, an Indo-French collaborative satellite for tropical weather monitoring scheduled for launch during 2009. This policy enables...


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