New Satellite Search and Rescue systems to be developed

The project will benefit Search and Rescue centres.

NASA and the governments of Cyprus, Brunei and Argentina have recently invested in the development of new Search and Rescue (SAR) network infrastructure solutions and next-generation Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) systems.

The development of the 7,5 million dollars projects has been given to McMurdo Group. The company will deploy Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) software for a European and Asian SAR authority, a six-channel MEOSAR system in South America and a two-channel MEOSAR extension in the United States.

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Wed, 14/01/2015 - 14:28

Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite to be launched in 2020

NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography satellite

The French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is developing the oceanography satellite SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography), that will incorporate unprecedented technological innovations to observe the ocean surface and underlying physical processes. CNES has contracted the company Thales Alenia Space with the construction of the satellite.

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Wed, 14/01/2015 - 10:07

NASA: New instrument to better understand climate change

NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument

On Saturday 10 January 2015, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument was launched to help researchers model and predict climate changes on Earth.

The latest NASA mission will measure clouds and aerosols in Earth's atmosphere from its perch on the exterior of the International Space Station located on the Japanese Experiment Module.

CATS's data will be collected employing a powerful laser technology - the Light Detection and Ranging Instrument (LIDAR) - which is capable of measuring the location, composition and distribution of atmospheric particles.

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Tue, 13/01/2015 - 11:08

Latest soil moisture instrument to be launched by NASA

On 28 January 2015, NASA will launch the new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), a remote sensing tool capable of measuring moisture of the Earth’s soils with unprecedented accuracy and resolution.

The latest remote sensing instrument features a radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in space.

SMAP includes both an active instrument, which emits its own signals and a passive instrument, which records already existing signals.

SMAP has been designed by the engineers of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA.

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Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:37

Call for Papers: Landsat 8 researcher asked to contribute to special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment

Papers will be solicited from any remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results.

NASA has issued a call to remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results to submit abstracts for a special issue of "Remote Sensing of Environment" until 9 January 2015.

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Tue, 30/12/2014 - 08:23

NASA: GRACE-based Drought Maps for the American Southwest

Groundwater Percentile Map

Recent data by the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center show that the Southwest of the US has been affected by droughts for 11 of the past 14 years and that in 2014 the worst levels of drought has been registered in California. From April 2014 until November 2014, the entire state of California was in some stage of drought: 79.69 percent of the territory was in extreme drought and 55.08 was classified with exceptional drought.

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Mon, 01/12/2014 - 09:23

NASA Earth Venture campaigns tackle global climate challenges

In the context of NASA's Earth Venture-class projects, five new suborbital investigation campaigns will begin in 2015 to monitor the effects of air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires on our climate.

The latest airborne field campaigns represent the second series of a project launched by the National Research Council in 2007 with a budget of $30 million granted to each mission.

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Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:03

NASA supplies high-resolution topographical data to the African continent

Topographic image of the Swartberg Mountains in South Africa's Northern Cape Province

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach and US Ambassador to the African Union (AU) Reuben Brigety convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to debate over the means available to lessen the consequences of global climate change in Africa.

In this context, the NASA administration provided high-resolution topographical imagery for the African continent, which was collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Missionand as part of President Barack Obama's climate action plan, announced during the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014.

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Wed, 19/11/2014 - 08:17

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JAXA: End of mission for PR rainfall observation radar on TRMM

TRMM Precipitation Radar image of tropical cyclone

The operation of the Precipitation Radar (PR) on board the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite was completed on 7 October 2014, as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA announced. TRMM is a joint enterprise between NASA and JAXA and is aimed to measure rainfall for extreme weather monitoring and climate research.


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Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:02

New NASA instrument for rapid hurricane response and marine forecasting

New NASA's mission to examine oceans winds

The International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScatt) was installed on 1 October 2014 as a means to improve the global monitoring of ocean winds.

NASA's latest Earth observing enterprise was activated to provide rapid response to weather and marine hazards. ISS-RapidScatt produces high-quality data that can be utilized to monitor wind speeds and directions. Within its very first days of operation, ISS-RapidScatt has gathered valuable data to effectively detect the development of the tropical cyclone Simon, which has been affecting the west coast of Mexico.


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Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:12


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