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2011-04-20 13:13:14

A carefully executed operation to validate data from CryoSat has shown what can be accomplished when ESA, NASA and others join forces to further our understanding of how the fragile polar environment is responding to climate change. In support of ESA's CryoSat ice mission, which was launched a year ago to monitor changes in ice thickness, a grueling validation campaign is being carried out in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. The one-month Arctic expedition is a major...

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2011-04-11 06:15:00

To guarantee ESA's CryoSat mission is delivering the best data possible, scientists have set out on a major expedition to the Arctic "“ part of a collaborative effort between ESA and NASA to gather ice measurements as the satellite orbits above. CryoSat was launched a year ago today to monitor the changes in the thickness of marine ice in the polar oceans and in the vast ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica. Orbiting closer to the poles than any other satellite and carrying...

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2011-02-01 12:15:00

Scientists can now tap into a flow of new data that will help to determine exactly how Earth's ice is changing. This information from ESA's CryoSat mission is set to make a step change in our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate. Considering the loss of the original CryoSat satellite during launch in 2005, scientists around the world have had a long wait for information on ice thickness "“ making the release even more of a milestone for the mission....

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2010-12-20 12:05:00

The Cryosat-2 spacecraft has provided a new map of ocean circulation across the Arctic basin. The spacecraft's primary mission is to measure sea-ice thickness, which has been in sharp decline in recent decades. However, Cryosat's ability to map the shape of the sea surface will allow scientists to determine if Arctic currents are changing as a result of winds being blown more easily on ice-free waters. "Nobody really knows how the Arctic is going to behave as the ice retreats, but we do...

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2010-12-18 08:45:42

Scientists from around the world have been hearing about the latest results from ESA's new GOCE, SMOS and CryoSat Earth observation missions at the biggest scientific gathering of the year. Attracting around 18 000 scientists, researchers, teachers, students and consultants to review developments in Earth and space science, the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is an unparalleled opportunity for participants from around the world to share and discuss their...

2010-12-02 14:06:31

Although finding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol is a major item on the agenda at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, delegates are also working hard to establish an international climate monitoring system. In order to effectively respond to climate change challenges, decision-makers need scientifically based climate knowledge. It is the job of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to make sure that the Conference of the Parties (COP)...

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2010-11-27 15:25:00

As part of the procedure to realize ESA's series of Earth Explorers, two new mission proposals have been selected for further development. The missions, called FLEX and CarbonSat, now vying to be the eighth Earth Explorer, both address key climate and environmental change issues. The selection follows ESA's Call for Earth Explorer Proposals that was released in October last year and ended in the Agency receiving 31 high-quality mission concepts. Subsequently, the proposals were carefully...

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2010-11-23 07:45:46

With the commissioning of ESA's CryoSat now complete, the mission has been officially transferred to the operations team. This milestone marks the beginning of the satellite's operational life delivering ice-thickness data to understand the impact of climate change on the polar environment. The handover ceremony took place on 19 November at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, where the responsibility for the mission passed from CryoSat-2's...

2010-11-15 11:25:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) gyroscopes have successfully passed inorbit testing on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth Explorer CryoSat-2 satellite during a mission to detect shifts in global ice cover. The Goodrich Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) gyros were the smallest ever flown by ESA and were used to monitor the satellite's rate of spin. They were integrated into the SiREUS rate sensor to form Europe's first MEMS-based...

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2010-10-27 12:03:45

Realizing a satellite mission is a complicated task, with many milestones to pass before data are delivered to advance our understanding of Earth. However, scientists will soon have access to precious information on ice thickness as the commissioning of ESA's CryoSat draws to a close. Since its launch in April, engineers and scientists have been hard at work to ensure the CryoSat Earth Explorer mission is in working order with everything properly tuned. This important phase guarantees that...


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