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October 24, 2016

NASA Establishes Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute

NASA introduced the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI), hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., to leverage the growing small spacecraft (i.e., SmallSat) community, promote innovation, identify emerging technology opportunities, and provide an efficient channel for communication about small spacecraft systems with industry, academia and other government agencies.

October 18, 2016

Satellite Imagery Helps Verify ‘Zero Deforestation’ Commitments

Airbus Defence and Space, The Forest Trust (TFT) and SarVision developed the Starling service, which enables companies to provide evidence of how they’re implementing their No Deforestation commitments. Starling uses a combination of high-resolution optical satellite and radar imagery to provide unbiased monitoring of forest-cover change.

October 11, 2016

Trimble Sells UAS Business to Delair-Tech

Trimble announced that Delair-Tech acquired its Belgium-based Gatewing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing business. Delair-Tech intends to grow the acquired business as part of its portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed. “This transaction is part of our continuing program to tighten our corporate focus,” said Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble’s Geospatial Division.

October 4, 2016

Swarm Satellites Measure Earth’s Magnetism and Electricity

In 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a trio of Swarm satellites to monitor Earth’s magnetic field. According to a research paper published in Science Advances on Sept. 30, 2016, the satellites were able to measure a faint magnetic field created by oceans that led to discoveries about Earth’s electrical nature.

September 28, 2016

Scientific Ballooners Wrap Up Fourth and Final Campaign

Scientists of the Balloon Array for Radiation-belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) team sent their last balloon into the stratosphere over Sweden on Aug. 30, 2016, capping off four years of launches to study how electrons precipitate into Earth’s atmosphere.

September 20, 2016

Fire-Detection Satellite BIROS Releases BEESAT-4 Picosatellite

On Sept. 9, 2016, the Bi-Spectral Infrared Optical System (BIROS) fire-detection satellite, developed and built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), released the Berlin Educational and Experimental Picosatellite (BEESAT-4) into space 515 kilometers above the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago.

September 14, 2016

Satellites Record Auroras’ Rhythm

Using data from NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) satellites, scientists have observed Earth’s vibrating magnetic field in relation to the northern lights in the night sky over Canada.

September 8, 2016

Sentinel Satellite Hit by Space Particle

ESA engineers discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A remote-sensing satellite was hit by a millimeter-sized particle on Aug. 23, 2016.

August 30, 2016

University of Nairobi Team Selected for KiboCUBE Project

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) selected a team from the University of Nairobi to be the first to benefit from the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE program.

August 25, 2016

Esri Maps NOAA’s National Water Model

Smart-mapping leader Esri today released a beautiful, robust new collection of Web maps that forecast NOAA stream-flow data throughout the continental U.S.

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