A deal worth almost £180 million was struck between UK-based Airbus Defense and Space and France’s Eutelsat to develop communications for two new state-of-the-art satellites which will see components and major parts assembled in the UK before final assembly is completed in Toulouse.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch a pair of next-generation Earth research satellites later this month to continue the legacy of the first Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission in recording the Earth's climate data, including the key movement of water.
The more solar observatories, the merrier: Scientists have developed new models to see how shocks associated with coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun — an effort made possible only by combining data from three NASA satellites to produce a much more robust mapping of a CME than anyone could do alone.
India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space, several of them for European countries, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.
Led by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten meters.
You can get a pretty good idea of a country’s wealth by seeing how much it shines at night — just compare the intense brightness of China and South Korea to the dark mass of North Korea that’s sandwiched between them.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket successfully placed two European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites into medium-Earth orbit — the 13th and 14th in a series of 26 Galileo spacecraft, with more to come.