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May 14, 2024
Ariane 6 set to launch 3Cat-4 CubeSat for Earth observation

Paris, France (SPX) May 09, 2024
Ariane 6, Europe's latest heavy-lift launcher, is set for its inaugural flight, carrying multiple missions each tasked with unique objectives ranging from Earth observation to technology testing in orbit. This article highlights the 3Cat-4 mission, a 1-kg Earth Observation CubeSat developed under ESA's 'Fly Your Satellite!' program by the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. The mission of 3Cat-4 is primarily educational, aimed at training students in space mission operations while providing them ... read more
Capella Space launches automated vessel detection service
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Capella Space Corp., a US-based provider of satellite data solutions, has launched its AI-driven Vessel Classification service for high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. This servic ... more
Satellogic unveils expansive high-resolution image dataset for AI training
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 03, 2024
Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL) has made public a substantial open dataset from its collection. This dataset is composed of approximately 3 million unique location images, doubling to 6 million with ... more
AI in Earth observation: a force for good
Paris, France (ESA) May 10, 2024
The upcoming launch of the Fsat-2 mission is a prime example of the pioneering work that ESA does in the field of AI in Earth observation. But when it comes to AI, hopes and fears abound in eq ... more
ICEYE launches new APIs for direct satellite tasking and data access
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
ICEYE, a leader in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology, has introduced two new application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide customers quicker access to its extensive SAR sa ... more
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New air-breathing spacecraft enhances Earth observation and communication capabilities
London, UK (SPX) May 10, 2024
The University of Surrey is pioneering a novel approach for powering low-orbit spacecraft using air as a propellant. Funded by the UK Space Agency, this initiative at the Surrey Space Centre aims to ... more
Satellogic joins global data marketplace to enhance sales and distribution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a prominent provider of sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (EO) data, has announced its inclusion as a commercial vendor in the Global Data Marketplace (GDMP). Th ... more
Enabled Intelligence partners with Pixxel for advanced hyperspectral data solutions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 10, 2024
Enabled Intelligence, known for its scalable and secure AI data solutions, has formed a partnership with Pixxel, a company focused on constructing a network of the highest-resolution hyperspectral e ... more
China sees continued decline in NOx emissions despite higher fossil fuel use
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 10, 2024
Nitrogen oxides (NOx), key contributors to air pollution and climate change, have seen a consistent decline in emissions in China from 2020 to 2022, despite an increase in fossil fuel consumption, a ... more
NASA Advances Climate Research with New Earth System Explorers Program Proposals
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 08, 2024
NASA has selected four new proposals for concept studies as part of its Earth System Explorers Program, aimed at enhancing our understanding of key Earth science areas such as greenhouse gases, the ... more
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BAE Systems to construct new atmospheric sensor for NOAA's GeoXO satellites
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
BAE Systems (LON: BA) has been tasked by NASA to develop the Atmospheric Composition instrument (ACX) for deployment on NOAA's upcoming Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constell ... more
Bridging the gap: USUS computer scientists develop new model
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
Satellites encircling the Earth collect a bounty of water data about our planet, yet distilling usable information from these sources about our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams can be a challenge. ... more
Small aerosol particles proven critical in cloud formation
Paris, France (SPX) May 02, 2024
Recent research combining cloud measurements from the Californian coast with global satellite data indicates that aerosol particles as small as 25-30 nanometers are significant contributors to cloud ... more
Spire Global to supply AI-Enhanced Weather Predictions to Financial Sector
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 30, 2024
Spire Global has finalized a significant agreement with a financial firm to deliver advanced weather forecasting solutions. The deal involves supplying a high-resolution weather forecast model with ... more
NASA's ORCA, AirHARP Projects Paved Way for PACE to Reach Space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 26, 2024
It took the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission just 13 minutes to reach low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in February 2024. It took a network of scientist ... more
Oldest evidence of Earth's magnetic field discovered by researchers

London, UK (SPX) Apr 25, 2024
Researchers at the University of Oxford and MIT have identified a 3.7-billion-year-old geological record of Earth's magnetic field, which closely resembles the current geomagnetic field in its characteristics. This discovery, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, offers the earliest confirmed measurement of the magnetic field's strength, recorded at 15 microtesla, nearly half of today's strength of 30 microtesla. The study focused on ancient iron-rich rocks from Greenland, which due to ... read more
High-resolution lidar unveils droplet formation in clouds
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 26, 2024
Atmospheric scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have achieved the first remote observations of the fine-scale structure at cloud bases. Published in NPJ Cl ... more

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NASA's CloudSat Ends Mission Peering Into the Heart of Clouds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2024
Over the course of nearly two decades, its powerful radar provided never-before-seen details of clouds and helped advance global weather and climate predictions. CloudSat, a NASA mission that ... more
Satellogic partners with O.N.E. Amazon to develop the Internet of Forests
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 23, 2024
Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), known for its high-resolution Earth Observation (EO) capabilities, has announced a partnership with O.N.E. Amazon aimed at environm ... more
Lynred secures contract for Sentinel-2 NG mission's advanced infrared detector
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
Lynred, recognized globally for its high-quality infrared detectors for aerospace, defense, and commercial use, has been selected through an open bidding process to develop a new multispectral infra ... more
Mapping plant traits from space: HKU team integrates field and satellite data for ecosystem analysis
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
A promising development in ecosystem monitoring has been achieved by Professor Jin Wu and his team at the University of Hong Kong's School of Biological Sciences. Their study, detailed in Remote Sen ... more
Satellite technology from Surrey University aids Mauritius in illegal fishing detection
London, UK (SPX) Apr 22, 2024
The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) has teamed up with the University of Surrey to tackle illegal fishing using satellite technology. The Nereus project employs satellite imagery co ... more
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