Earth from space: special edition

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, ESA’s Aeolus Project Manager, Anders Elfving, joins us in the cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, to talk about the challenges in developing the mission’s pioneering laser technology.

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Satellite for 5G

5G, the next generation of communication services, will deliver ultra-fast speeds, connect all people and devices to the internet and minimise delays. It will affect everybody, changing the way we communicate, work and interact with technology.

Space has an invaluable role to play in the 5G ecosystem. Satellites can extend, enhance, and provide reliability and security to 5G like no other, helping to deliver its promise of global, ubiquitous connectivity, with no noticeable difference to the end-user. ESA’s Satellite for 5G (S45G) programme aims promote the value-added benefits of space to 5G, by developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple markets and use cases.

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Netta’s TOY became the MOST WATCHED video on the Eurovision YouTube Channel

Read more about this impressive record here: https://eurovision.tv/story/netta-toy-most-watched-youtube

It’s time for a celebration!

Remember, in Stockholm in 2016, when the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel received the golden play button for reaching one million subscribers? Just before the Grand Final two weeks ago the 2 Millionth subscriber joined the channel! And that was not all. On the day of the final, the YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest also recorded its 3 Billionth view!

And there is more news! For many years, Lena’s Satellite was the number one most watched Eurovision song on the official YouTube channel. Back in winter, Jessy Matador took first place with his song Allez Ola Ole. Both songs were performed 8 years ago at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Within a bit more then two months, 76 days to be exact, Eurovision 2018 winner Netta reached 58 Million views, enough to take the record of most watched video of all time at the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel! All videos combined, Toy has been watched over 100 million times!

GomX-4 CubeSat commissioning

ESA’s latest mission has completed its in-orbit commissioning. The cereal-box-sized GomX-4B performed a transfer of data across hundreds of kilometres of space from its Danish twin.

Both of the nanosatellites were built by GomSpace in Denmark. GomX-4A, financed by the Danish Ministry of Defence, is focused on monitoring and imaging Denmark’s Arctic territory. The ESA-backed GomX-4B is testing a micro-propulsion system as well as an inter-satellite radio link with its counterpart. It also carries other technology payloads, including a hyperspectral imager.

CubeSats are small satellites based around standard 10cm cubic units, but these two ‘six-unit’ CubeSats still required weeks of in-orbit testing once they reached space, just like full-sized missions.

GomSpace showed the satellites in action for the first time during a live press conference from their Aalborg headquarters on 12 April 2018. The retrieval process from GomX-4A to GomX-4B – and vice versa – down to Earth went according to schedule, confirming the satellite pair can share both data and images and send them home.

Credit: GomSpace

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ESA – Space to Relax / Europe from Space

Having a stressful day? We got you covered!Sit back, turn the volume up and enjoy a relaxing moment brought to you by ESA and Lufthansa exploring the countries which make up the European Space Agency with images taken by Sentinel-1A, Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-3A, Proba-V and Envisat satellites.

Don’t forget to favourite this video. You will always have a space to relax with us.

Music by Matt Baute.

Earth from Space: Netherlands ice

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web TV virtual studios. Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of rare ice in the Netherlands in this week’s edition.

See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/03/Netherlands_ice to download the image.

World Water Day

Collecting information on water resources at over large areas is often difficult. This limits national and river-basin water managers’ ability to make the appropriate decisions. Satellites can fill this information gap with timely observations. Since 2008, ESA has been working closely with international financing institutions and client states to harness the benefits of Earth observation for global sustainable development. Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is a new ESA initiative that aims to increase the uptake of satellite information in regular development operations nationally and internationally.

Earth from Space: Italy and Mediterranean

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web TV virtual studios.  In this edition, Sentinel-3A treats us to a view stretching from Sardinia to Romania.

Visit http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/03/Italy_and_Mediterranean to download the image.

Earth from Space: special edition

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, Sentinel-3 Project Manager Bruno Berruti joins us from the cleanroom at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes to give us an up-close look at the multiple instruments on the Sentinel-3B satellite.

Earth from Space: special edition

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, Sentinel-3 Engineering and AIV Manager Kristof Gantois joins us from the cleanroom at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes to discuss the challenges when building the Sentinel-3B satellite.