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Sentinel-2A completes critical first days in space

Last night marked the end of Sentinel-2A's first three days in space, which saw teams on the ground working around the clock to ensure the spacecraft is ready for its 'colour vision' mission. Delivery into orbit marked...

Proba SWAP 26 June Credit: ESA/Proba/Swap/SIDC

Severe geomagnetic storm – update

A short update on space weather status from Juha-Pekka Luntama, responsible for space weather activities at ESA's Space Situational Awareness programme office at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. As of yesterday, Earth was still within the plasma cloud of...

The winning team: very happy people right after the award ceremony Credit: CROPP Team
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Roman students win global Space Apps Award

The Space Apps Challenge event provided many excellent projects again this year, and a team in the ESA-supported Rome event location is among the big winners. In May 2015, the CROPP land-monitoring  project received the ‘Galactic Impact’...

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New services in ESA’s Space Weather website

ESA's space weather services website (http://swe.ssa.esa.int) has deployed three new servicesproviding information and data to the space weather user community. These are: 24-hour forecasts of major solar flares Tailored services designed to support resource exploitation in the...

Proba SWAP 2015 06 24 Credit: ESA/Proba/Swap/SIDC

Severe geomagnetic storm

Update provided yesterday afternoon by Juha-Pekka Luntama, responsible for space weather activities at ESA's Space Situational Awareness programme office at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. We are currently in the middle of a period of high solar activity, and...

Perth station Credit: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo/

Double duty for ESA’s Perth station

If you've read the detailed timeline for Sentinel-2A launch on 23 June, you will have noticed an interesting set of entries for Perth towards the end, namely: MET 50:29 - Earliest AOS Vega - PER AOS VEGA...

ATV-4 in its container together with its temperature control unit 19 Sep 2012. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique

Why are satellites treated so carefully on Earth?

You've got questions – and we've got answers! We saw this tweet yesterday: @esaoperations Why do Satelites have to be treated so carefully while on earth? I mean they have no problem sitting on top of a...