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Space debris: How satellites could retire in the future

NASA's image shows the population of satellites orbiting around the Earth

What happens with satellites when they finish their mission? Staying in orbit may pose a threat to other spacecraft, so now scientists are testing safe ways to deorbit ageing satellites.

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Wed, 08/01/2014 - 15:02
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51.2623
longitude: 
-0.467252

China: Expansion of Beidou satellite navigation system until 2020

Satellite image of Beijing, China

China is planning to expand its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2020 and make it accurate to within centimeters.

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:18
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35.8617
longitude: 
104.195

Chinese students built and launched own satellite

Asia seen from Space

A group of students from the National Central University Advanced Rocket Research in Taiwan (Province of China) successfully built and launched with an APPL-7II rocket their own satellite,

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Mon, 06/01/2014 - 13:42
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24.9684
longitude: 
121.196

NASA is developing GPS-based Natural Hazard Warning Systems

GPSstation used by NASA to develop early warning system technology for disasters

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in cooperation with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, USA, is trying to upgrade GPS technologies to use them for early warning systems for hazar

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Mon, 16/12/2013 - 14:52
latitude: 
34.1478
longitude: 
-118.145

Proba-V ready for operations

Proba-V is ready for operations

Launched on 7 May 2013, ESA’s Earth Observation satellite Proba-V has now completed the crucial commissioning phase and declared ready for its operational phase, providing global vegetation data fo

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Tue, 10/12/2013 - 11:57
latitude: 
48.8413
longitude: 
2.30029

British Inmarsat-5F1 satellite launched by ILS Proton rocket

The launch vehicle, Proton-M, includes improvements regarding the rocket ProtonK

On 8 December 2013, the Inmarsat-5F1 (I-5 F1) telecommunications satellite of the British Inmarsat global mobile operator was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 12:12 GMT by the International

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Mon, 09/12/2013 - 10:43
latitude: 
48.0196
longitude: 
66.9237

China: successful launch of Yaogan XIX satellite

The satellite will be used to aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters

On 20 November 2013 China successfully launched the Yaogan XIX, a remote-sensing satellite.

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Thu, 28/11/2013 - 10:06
latitude: 
37.8706
longitude: 
112.549

Relief efforts in Philippines: satellite data used for crowdsource mapping

Relief workers continue struggling to reach some of the most devastated regions

More than 900 volunteers are helping in the recovery efforts in Philippines by collaborating on online maps, through the OpenStreetMap network.

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Wed, 27/11/2013 - 10:02
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12.059
longitude: 
123.876

Access to Sentinel satellite data will be free and open

The Act will allow long-term continued access to data

With the entering into force of the European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy in the coming days, users will be provided free, full and open access of environmental data from

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Thu, 21/11/2013 - 15:08
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48.8413
longitude: 
2.30029

ESA's GOCE satellite finishes successful career

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map with precision variations in Earth’s gravity

On 11 November 2013, ESA’s GOCE satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit while most of it disintegrated, as expected, within the high atmosphere.

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Wed, 13/11/2013 - 16:03
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48.8486
longitude: 
2.30029