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More than 40 satellite missions will be launched at once by Europe’s Vega launcher this autumn, thanks to the innovative modular “Lego-style” dispenser resting on its upper stage.
Up until now the smallest classes of satellites – all the way down to tiny CubeSats, built from 10 cm modular boxes – have typically piggybacked to orbit. They have to make use of any spare capacity as a single large satellite is launched, meaning their overall launch opportunities are limited.

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The European continent has been hit once again by a heatwave, a month apart from the previous hot spell, in June. With temperatures reaching around 40°C, several heat records were broken in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France, in Paris.

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A prize pool of almost 1 million euro is awaiting the most innovative ideas in the field of satellite navigation to be submitted to the Galileo Masters. Formerly known as the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), the competition rewards the best ideas of applications based on satellite navigation systems. Winners will benefit from support and consultancy for opening a business based on the idea presented in the competition.

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On 9 – 13 September 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the Earth Observation (EO) Φ-week event, in Frascati, Rome, Italy, focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO, to review the latest developments in Open Science trends. The deadline for applications is 25 July.

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30 June is the International Asteroid Day, a United Nations recognised international event, organised for raising awareness on the risks of asteroid impacts and the methods to protect the Earth. The event was established on this date in the memory of the Tunguska, Siberia impact that took place in 1908, and was the largest asteroid impact in the recent history of the Earth.

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