ESA: Contract for Meteosat Third Generation Lightning Imagers

A new era of meteorological satellites under development has begun with a ceremony held at the Palazzo Vecchio town hall in Florence, Italy. This event was an important milestone: the signature of an industrial contract for the provision of four novel lightning imagers.

The challenge of developing the lightning imager instrument now falls to Selex ES under contract from the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) industrial prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space (France).


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Fri, 08/02/2013 - 15:14

SATELLITE 2013: Bridging the Gap between Today and Tomorrow

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
Satellite 2013

CONFERENCE: March 18 - 21, 2013

EXHIBITION: March 19 - 21, 2013

Join thousands of communications professionals in the satellite community to explore next generation products and technology on the Exhibit Floor and discuss tomorrow's solutions for today's challenges with experts, thought leaders and veterans from the field. 






18/03/2013 to 21/03/2013

Registration Deadline: 

Fri, 08/03/2013


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Venue City: 

Washington D.C.

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HOT looks back on a successful year 2012

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Over the last two and a half years the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been continuously ensuring access to geodata in order to foresee and respond to natural disasters and crises. By coordinating and communicating with responders and data providers, the HO-Team helped to fill gaps in geographic data, which supported the response to crises in the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Mali and many more.

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Thu, 03/01/2013 - 10:20

Galileo: First navigation signals transmitted by FM3

Europe’s third Galileo satellite has transmitted its first test navigation signals back to Earth. The two Galileo satellites launched last October have reached their final orbital position and are in the midst of testing.

The third Galileo Flight Model, known as FM3, transmitted its first test navigation signal in the E1 band on 1 December, the band being used for Galileo’s freely available Open Service interoperable with GPS. Then, on the morning of 4 December, the satellite broadcast signals across all three Galileo bands – E1, E5 and E6.

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Fri, 07/12/2012 - 15:31

Mexico to launch first state-funded satellite

The Bicentenario satellite, the state-run Mexsat system's first launch into space, is ready for lift-off next month and will begin operating in orbit in late January 2013, the Mexican government announced. The Communications and Transportation Department said in a communique that Deputy Secretary Hector Olavarria visited the facilities of the US firm manufacturing the satellite, Orbital Sciences Corporation, to check up on the final preparations.


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Thu, 15/11/2012 - 08:56

ESA: Ariane 5's sixth launch in 2012

On 10 November, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Eutelsat-21B and Star One-C3, into their planned transfer orbits. The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 28 minutes and 33 minutes after liftoff, respectively.

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Wed, 14/11/2012 - 10:21

GOES-13 returned to operations

The GOES-13 spacecraft returned to full operations on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The satellite had been taken out of service due to technical problems in late September. The trouble stemmed from a motor vibration, which caused a lubricant buildup that obstructed the spinning motion of the filter wheel in the sounder. A team of engineers from NOAA, Boeing and ITT suppressed the vibration, the filter wheel restarted and is running smoothly, with improved performance.

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Fri, 19/10/2012 - 10:45

CATHALAC analyses Mangrove Cover of Guatemala

In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources (MARN) in Guatemala, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) is carrying out a satellite-based analysis of the current mangrove cover of Guatemala. The experts elaborated several maps showing the cover in 2012. Various remote sensing and field data techniques were applied to conduct this research.


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Mon, 08/10/2012 - 08:32

UN-SPIDER Newsletter 2/12: Crowdsource Mapping

Issue Date: 

Tue, 02/10/2012

Crowdsource Mapping aims at an improved disaster management: The idea is to collect data from as many on-site sources as possible and translate that real-time data into maps. Being aware of the surrounding and the infrastructure, locals can render accurate geo-referenced information or comment on existing data and thereby help disaster managers expand the information they need for emergency operations.


Short title: 

UN-SPIDER Newsletter on Crowdsource Mapping

Indra and ESA accomplished the determination of definitions

Indra agreed with the European Space Agency (ESA) the definition of the requirements for the system that will manage the Spanish satellite Ingenio. The technological company leads the development, implementation and start-up of the ground segment for the future Spanish ground-based optical observation satellite, which will be ready to enter into service in 2015. With this important milestone, Indra, along with the consortium, firmly undertakes the review of the preliminary design for the second half of the year.


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Fri, 28/09/2012 - 10:20


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