50th Anniversary of First Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Download this page in PDF format A celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) takes place in Vienna next week. Since the first one in 1968, … Continue reading

Sentinels Watch Over Common Agricultural Policy

Download this page in PDF format A new programme was launched on the 22nd May enabling Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data to be used to support the monitoring of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The principles of CAP were … Continue reading

Stung By Unauthorised Launches

Download this page in PDF format Unauthorised satellite launches caught our eye this week. According to reports the US firm Swarm Technologies Inc. launched four satellites in January without the permission of the US satellite regulator, the Federal Communications Commission … Continue reading

Picking Up Penguins From Space

Download this page in PDF format World Wildlife Day is the 3rd March, and so fittingly this blog is looking at how satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques were used to recently discover an unknown colony of 1.5 million AdĂ©lie … Continue reading

Flywheels Spinning At Data.Space

Download this page in PDF format The Data.Space Conference took place last week in Glasgow. It was an interesting, thought-provoking and useful event, which felt very friendly and was distinguished by the seniority of the attendees with a lot of … Continue reading

Big Data From Space

Download this page in PDF format Last week I attended the 2017 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS’17) that was held in Toulouse, France. The conference was co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) … Continue reading

Earth observation satellites in space in 2017?

Download this page in PDF format Earth Observation (EO) satellites currently account for just over a third of all the operational satellites orbiting the Earth. As we described two weeks ago, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists database there … Continue reading

Can You See The Great Wall of China From Space?

Download this page in PDF format Dating back over two thousand three hundred years, the Great Wall of China winds its way from east to west across the northern part of the country. The current remains were built during Ming … Continue reading

Brexit: Science & Space

Download this page in PDF format Brexit currently dominates UK politics. Whilst it’s clear the UK is leaving the European Union (EU) in March 2019, the practical impact, and consequences, are still a confused fog hanging over everything. The UK … Continue reading

Flip-Sides of Soil Moisture

Download this page in PDF format Soil moisture is an interesting measurement as it can be used to monitor two diametrically opposed conditions, namely floods and droughts. This was highlighted last week by maps produced from satellite data for the … Continue reading