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2010-05-28 10:25:10

Following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano that spewed huge amounts of ash and grounded numerous flights, more than 50 experts from around the world gathered at a workshop organized by ESA and EUMETSAT to discuss what has been learned and identify future opportunities for volcanic ash monitoring. The experts included meteorologists, ground-based, air-borne and Earth-observation specialists and modelers. While scientists and researchers shared information about the...

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2010-03-19 08:56:01

The tendering process that will result in the supply of Europe's next series of meteorological satellites, Meteosat Third Generation, has reached an advanced stage as ESA invites Thales Alenia Space to enter formal contract negotiations. These negotiations follow rigorous evaluation of the proposals to build the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites "“ with the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) meeting three times since October to review the offers. Two consortia responded to the...

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2010-02-22 12:25:00

Since the launch of the first Meteosat in 1977, 33 years of imagery combined with increasing computer power have given meteorologists the tools to improve weather forecasting, with direct benefits for us. Numerical weather prediction is improving with data from operational satellites, like Meteosat Second Generation (MSG). Today, thousands of daily measurements are the basis for numerical forecasts, making use of the world's most powerful computers. The MSG satellites are expected to provide...

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2010-02-04 08:03:20

Europe's series of Meteosat satellites has been improving the accuracy of weather forecasts for over 30 years. Meteosat-6 has recently broken the record for the operational life of one of these robust missions. The first Meteosat was launched in 1977 and also goes down in history as ESA's first Earth observation mission. There have been a further six of these first-generation weather satellites, with the last launched in 1997. From geostationary orbit, 36,000 km above the equator, the...

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2010-02-02 12:35:00

In an effort to monitor the behavior of the world's oceans, Europe has committed to build the next Jason altimeter spacecraft -- a decision that should guarantee the continuation of a remarkable 18-year record of sea-surface shape until late in the decade, BBC News reported. The recent steady 3mm per year rise in global sea level has been tracked by the Jason series. The data has become invaluable to oceanographers, weather forecasters and climatologists. Eumetsat, which looks after Europe's...

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2009-12-11 10:56:04

The decision of who will construct the next generation of weather satellites, or Meteosats, for Europe has been postponed three months. The Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) program will cost about $5 billion in all, and should guarantee space-borne weather information until 2040. Thales Alenia Space of France and EADS Astrium of Germany are competing to head the satellites' enlargement. The European Space Agency wants more time to review the qualities of both teams before it comes to a...

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2009-12-03 12:56:31

European nations were granted only a few more weeks to find funding for a key Earth observation satellite, BBC News reported. In order to maintain a remarkable 18-year record of ocean height, the Jason-3 spacecraft must be ordered soon, and Eumetsat, which looks after Europe's weather satellites, needs at least $87 million from its member states to initiate the program. Jason-3 would launch in 2013, allowing time to crosscheck its data in orbit with the current Jason-2 mission. However,...

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2009-11-24 11:09:44

NASA mission managers are assessing options for future operations of the venerable QuikScat satellite following the age-related failure of a mechanism that spins the scatterometer antenna. This spinning antenna had been providing near-real-time ocean- surface wind speed and direction data over 90 percent of the global ocean every day. In recent months, the QuikScat project team has been monitoring a pattern of increasing friction in the bearings that allow the antenna to spin, leading to...

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2009-07-23 10:05:00

ESA and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, signed on 20 July a Framework Agreement on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Program. The Agreement was signed by EUMETSAT Director General Lars Prahm and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain."This Agreement is a major step in the implementation of the GMES Programme under the overall responsibility of the European Commission. It is based upon two decades of...

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2009-07-07 08:10:00

Using radiation measurements obtained by the MetOp satellite, scientists have produced the first complete map of global ammonia emissions "“ a pollutant of key environmental concern. The map, based on observations throughout 2008, shows inaccuracies in current ammonia inventories and identifies new hotspots. Ammonia emissions contribute to a host of environmental problems, including soil acidification, reductions in biodiversity and the formation of atmospheric particulate matter,...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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