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July 10, 2017
SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. reports that its subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) was selected to provide a next-generation satellite constellation for high-resolution Earth imaging to DigitalGlobe, the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. Called WorldView Legion, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will more than double DigitalGlobe's high-resolution capacity in important regions. The contract is valued at several hundred million U.S. dollars.. ... read more

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Veteran Ocean Satellite to Assume Added Role
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New map reveals personality traits of communities across the United States
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Russia's 'Sova' Atmospheric Satellite Starts Flight Tests - Research Fund
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VTT miniature hyperspectral camera launched to space in Aalto-1 satellite
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UK-Led Satellite Image Project That Helps Spot and Stop Slavery Sites From Space
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Scientists solve mystery of unexplained "bright nights"
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Satellite data to map endangered monkey populations on Earth
A team of scientists led by the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia are leading research to protect wildlife by using satellite data to identify monkey populations that have declined through h ... more
Harris Corporation Delivers Advanced Weather Satellite Instrument to South Korea
Harris Corporation has delivered an advanced digital weather satellite instrument to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute that will help forecasters safeguard people in the region from typhoons an ... more
Ozone recovery may be delayed by unregulated chemicals
Recent increases in an unregulated ozone-depleting substance, could delay recovery of Antarctic ozone levels by 5-30 years, depending on emissions scenarios. The findings, published in Nature ... more
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert lo ... more
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire
ESA's Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots. More than a tho ... more
Comb and Copter system maps atmospheric gases
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmosphe ... more
Free mapping: plotting development in Africa
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US detects signs of new NKorea missile test

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

China urges US to stop 'unfriendly' recon flights

Sweden plans large joint military exercise with NATO

China urges ASEAN to reject outside interference

GAO report details sting operation that defrauded DOD surplus program for police

US sees progress in push for 'pretty serious' N. Korea sanctions

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Watching cities grow
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Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA's IMERG
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Satellite image showcases centuries of desertification in India
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Airbus celebrates 10 years of precision and reliability of TerraSAR-X satellite
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NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
New satellite images from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission offers a visualization of the extreme rainfall that has accumulated in Florida over the past week. ... more
The heat is on for Sentinel-3B
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