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 the Copernicus programme, including data from the Sentinel satellites. “The free and open Sentinel data policy will be a breakthrough in the use of satellite data for specialised users, but also for the general public,” said Josef Aschbacher, Head of the ESA Copernicus Space Office.


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Thu, 21/11/2013 - 15:08

Chernobyl and Fukushima: Joint satellite project to track radiation

The catastrophes of Chernobyl and Fukushima are two world's nuclear disasters

On 26 August 2013, Ukraine and Japan agreed to launch a joint satellite project with the aim of monitoring the regions surrounding Chernobyl and Fukushima, sites of the world's greatest nuclear disasters. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida declared that it will be a joint project of Tokyo University and the Ukrainian state space agency (host to a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office) with launches of Japanese-developed satellites by Ukrainian carrier rockets.


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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 08:23

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Pollution: Using satellite data to monitor air quality

Earth observation satellites provide consistent data on atmospheric composition

With the goal of improving air quality monitoring and emission inventories, ESA’s GlobEmission project uses Earth observation satellite data in four specific regions: China, India, Europe and South Africa. South Africa constitutes a perfect example of how economic development often comes with an increase of harmful gases that can influence regional air quality and can have an impact on global climate change. Indeed, South Africa’s gross domestic product has grown about 270 billion US dollars just from 2002 to 2012, leading to high levels of air pollutants.

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Fri, 23/08/2013 - 15:11

Arirang-5: South Korean multi-purpose satellite successfully launched

Arirang-5 is the first radar imaging satellite to be developed by South Korea

On 22 August 2013, South Korea’s new multi-purpose science satellite, the Arirang-5, was launched atop a Russian Dnepr rocket at the Dombarovsky launch site near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan. The satellite has been developed to operate with a life time of five years at an altitude of 550 kilometers (341 miles) providing images with the goal of monitoring disasters and identifying natural resources.


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Fri, 23/08/2013 - 13:52

Vietnam: Imagery available from VNREDSat-1 satellite

The satellite is efficiently meeting the initial demands

Based on initial successes, the Vietnamese VNREDSat-1 satellite launched on 7 May 2013 on a VEGA rocket, is efficiently meeting the initial demands for remote sensing images for observing natural resources, environment, and natural disasters. VNREDSat-1 is Vietnam's first Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster monitoring satellite, constituting a new development of space technology in Vietnam after the success of two telecommunications satellites.

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Thu, 15/08/2013 - 10:06

Bolivian communications satellite to be launched in December

The total cost for the project will be of USD 300 million

The director of the Bolivian Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana, has confirmed that the Chinese-funded communications satellite Tupac Katari will be launched into space on 20 December 2013. Satellite Tupac Katari will reduce the cost of telecommunications not only in Bolivia but additionally in other Latin American countries that will have access to it. Mr. Zambrana recognized the relevance of the telecommunications sector to the national GDP stating that "last year the turnover of telecommunications companies exceeded USD 1.5 trn in a single year" during a press conference.

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Wed, 14/08/2013 - 09:56

India: Developing a satellite-linked disaster warning system in Gujarat

The government is already working in the implementation of this project

The Indian state of Gujarat is planning a project to set up a satellite-linked disaster warning system along Gujarat's coastline to alert fishermen during adverse weather conditions. According to the statements made on 3 August 2003 by V Thiruppugazh, the executive director of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, the government is already working in the implementation of this project.

Thiruppugazh stated that this project would help the government coordinate with other agencies effectively during adverse weather conditions.


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Tue, 13/08/2013 - 14:09

India: INSAT-3D can speed search and rescue operations

INSAT-3D equipped with search and rescue payload

On July 25, 2013 the Indian meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was successfully launched, equipped with search and rescue payload that will facilitate speedy search and rescue operations to India and surrounding regions. These mechanisms on board of the INSAT-3D pick up and relay alert signals originating from the distress beacons of maritime, aviation and land based users and relays them to the mission control centre, improving the emergency response.


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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:55

International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

In small satellites, payloads with a mass of just a few kilograms, are able to perform measurements that were done with tens of kilograms a few years ago. The fast and cheap development of microsatellites also makes them a suitable platform for technology evaluation and provides opportunities to test new systems in space with low cost, less risk and short time. Over the last few years, with ISRO’s support and guidance, some of the Indian Universities have made their own satellites which were launched by ISRO.





Training Target Audience: 

The course is aimed for decision makers, senior space technologists, managers, researchers and professionals in the fields of space technology. Others that will find the course very useful include academic institutions, space agencies, and institutions responsible for regional capacity building in the use of space based technology.

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Training Requirements: 

Proficiency in written and spoken English is most essential.

Tuition Remarks: 

The candidates are expected to make their own arrangements for all expenses.


Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun

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Event Organisers: 

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP)


Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC)

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GPS helps to measure and map hurricane wind speeds

Hurricane winds measured by GPS

By analyzing the distorted GPS signals during storms, researchers have discovered a new way of measuring and mapping the wind speeds of hurricanes. The discovery is of great importance for the disaster and risk management community, since better knowledge about storm behavior can help determine the direction and severity of the storms approaching.

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Thu, 25/07/2013 - 11:02


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