Arctic Sea Ice Extent Continues Trending Lower

April 16, 2014 by  
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Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum on March 21, 2014. Although the year wasn’t extraordinary—the fifth lowest extent in 36 years of satellite records—the trend continues to be.

Researchers Scout for Elk with UAS Technology

April 16, 2014 by  
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A survey over a section of public land near Mount Vernon, Wash., was a first-time trial run using an unmanned aircraft system to survey elk in dense, forested areas to estimate herd population.

Copernicus Masters Seeks Satellite Data Ideas

April 16, 2014 by  
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The fourth annual Copernicus Masters competition is under way. Ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data can be submitted until July 13.

North Dakota Sheriff’s Department First to Fly UASs at Night

April 16, 2014 by  
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The Grand Forks, N.D., Sheriff’s Department has become the first U.S. law enforcement agency granted Federal Aviation Administration authorization to fly unmanned aircraft systems throughout its jurisdiction at night.

Europe Lofts First Copernicus Environmental Satellite

April 9, 2014 by  
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The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to routinely access key environmental data took a major step forward with the launch of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite on April 3, 2014.

Keeping Satellite Sensors Honest

April 9, 2014 by  
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Satellite sensors start collecting data soon after launch, but it takes time—and work on the ground—to ensure those observations are accurate and meaningful.

New Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor

April 9, 2014 by  
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In November 2013, a western Pacific Ocean seafloor volcano formed a new island 500 meters from existing Nishino-shima Island; four months later, they have combined to form one island.

Satellite Observes a Near Miss in Madagascar

April 9, 2014 by  
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On March 30, 2014, the outlook appeared grim for northwestern Madagascar. Tropical cyclone Hellen spun offshore, rapidly gaining strength with a track destined to bring it ashore.

Radar UAS Images Antarctic Glaciers

April 9, 2014 by  
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Researchers have tested a compact radar system integrated on a small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) to look through the ice and map the topography underlying rapidly moving glaciers.

Deal for Sentinel-5 Air Quality Sensor Inked

April 1, 2014 by  
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The €144 million contract for the Sentinel-5 instrument of Europe’s Copernicus program was signed with Airbus Defence and Space on March 28, 2014, in Ottobrunn, Germany.

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