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Fine wine app wins top prize at App Camp

19 September 2016

An app that uses satellite data to evaluate the quality of wine took home the top prize at this year's Space App Camp at ESA's centre in Frascati, Italy.

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Estonia sign up to Sentinel agreement

13 September 2016

ESA and Enterprise Estonia have signed an arrangement that gives one of ESA's newest Member States access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites.

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Vega to launch ESA's wind mission

07 September 2016

ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth's winds is another step closer.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle

31 August 2016

ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August. Thanks to onboard cameras, ground controllers were able to identify the affected area. So far, there has been no effect on the satellite's routine operations.

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Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake

29 August 2016

On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.

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First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports

29 August 2016

Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas.

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FLEX takes on mutants

25 August 2016

If a plant isn't green it doesn't mean it can't photosynthesise as well as its more usual counterpart, but when measured by satellites, these non-green varieties skew results on plant health. FLEX is different. Experiments using 'mutants' show that colour won't be an obstacle in this new mission's task of mapping plant health from space.

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Summer School shines

08 August 2016

Young scientists from all over the world have gathered for their two-week summer school course at ESA's ESRIN centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy.

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Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus

02 August 2016

It has been years in the making, but one of the trickiest pieces of space technology ever developed is finally ready to join its satellite for launch by the end of next year. With this milestone, we are another step closer to a better understanding of Earth's winds.

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SMOS tracks Pacific fresh water pools

27 July 2016

ESA's SMOS satellite has found a rise in fresh water in the tropical Pacific Ocean during last year's El NiƱo event.

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