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Image 1 - A New Generation Of Meteorological Satellites
2012-02-25 05:43:22

Europe´s next fleet of meteorological satellites is set to debut in 2017, following today´s signing of the development contract. While Meteosat Third Generation will ensure full continuity with the current Meteosat satellite family, it will also introduce significant improvements. At an event held today at ESA´s headquarters in Paris, the contract between ESA and Thales Alenia Space for developing the new Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) family of satellites was signed....

Image 1 - Space Solutions For The Arctic
2012-02-22 04:34:26

Policy, solutions and funding for new initiatives: ESA is joining forces at two events with decision-makers, universities, industry and users to map how space services can contribute to emerging challenges in the Arctic. At the forefront are climate change, transport safety and security, and sustainable exploitation. Climate fluctuations are rapidly changing the Arctic, making the region increasingly accessible. The melting of ice is transforming it from one of primarily scientific...

2012-02-15 04:01:00

Monday's successful maiden flight of ESA´s new Vega rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, opens a new set of launch services — including two of the Sentinel satellites for GMES. According to contracts signed in December, Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on this new light launcher. These launches are foreseen in 2014—15. The Sentinel missions are based on a constellation of two satellites to maximize coverage of Earth. The two...

Rockot To Launch Two Sentinel Satellites
2012-02-10 04:03:51

ESA and Eurockot today signed contracts for launching two ESA satellites: Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3A will fly in 2013 on Rockot vehicles from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for Europe´s GMES program. The contract signing by Matthias Oehm, Chief Executive Officer of Eurockot Launch Services GmbH, and Volker Liebig, Director of ESA´s Earth Observation Programs, took place at the historic Chamber of Commerce of Bremen, Germany. The Senator for Economics, Labor and...

Image 1 - Scientists Find An Abundance Of Fresh Water In The Arctic
2012-01-23 08:09:14

[ Watch the Video ] A massive pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean -- a result of melting ice and river runoff -- has been discovered by British scientists who believe it is expanding and could lower temperatures in Europe by causing the ocean current to slow down. Scientists from University College London and Britain´s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic´s sea surface has risen by 6 inches since 2002. The rise could be due strong Arctic winds...

2012-01-11 12:59:41

One of the biggest conferences on geoscience and remote sensing will be held this summer in Europe. The deadline for abstract submissions for the July symposium is fast approaching. Jointly organized by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the DLR German Aerospace Center and ESA, the 2012 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) is scheduled to be held 22—27 July in Munich, Germany. IGARSS provides a forum for scientists from more than 70 countries...

Two GMES Satellites Will Launch On Europe’s New Vega Rocket
2011-12-17 05:25:52

ESA and Arianespace have signed contracts for the launches of two of ESA´s Sentinel satellites. Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on Europe´s new Vega rocket from French Guiana. The contracts were signed by the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, and ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, on 14 December in Evry, France. These agreements not only mark a significant milestone for ESA´s family of Sentinel satellites, but they are...

Astrium Selected To Build Sentinel-5 Precursor Satellite
2011-12-09 04:07:53

Furthering Europe´s capacity to monitor atmospheric pollution, ESA has awarded a contract worth 45.5 million to Astrium UK to act as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite system. Scheduled to be launched in 2015, Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) will be the first satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric chemistry for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program. Astrium UK is now responsible for the delivery and integration of the...

Image 1 - Getting Ready For Sentinel-2
2011-12-08 04:35:37

The deadline for abstract submissions for the April 2012 symposium on the Sentinel-2 satellite is just around the corner. The first Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium will be hosted at ESA´s ESRIN centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012. The symposium is open to anyone interested in Sentinel-2 data or involved in the development of the mission, including ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students and...

Sentinel-2 Shapes Up For Testing
2011-11-30 12:19:29

An important milestone has been reached in the development of Sentinel-2. The satellite platform has been delivered to Germany where it will be integrated and tested with the various components that make up this sophisticated new craft to monitor Earth´s land surfaces. Manufactured by CASA in Spain, the platform has now been installed in the cleanroom at Astrium´s facilities in Friedrichshafen. The platform provides the structure on which to mount the payload instruments and...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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