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  1. COP21 space agenda Jason-3 satellite successfully launched

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    January 17, 2016

    The Jason-3 oceanography satellite was launched Sunday 17 January at 19:42 CET from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California, by a Falcon 9 launcher supplied by NASA. The satellite then came under control of teams at the Toulouse Space Centre to switch on the bus and payload. Jason-3 will now begin its mission to extend the long record of high-precision ocean current and sea-surface height data built up by its predecessors TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2.

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  2. MyOcean – Ocean weather bulletins made in Europe

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    April 28, 2009

    Mercator Ocean and the Midi-Pyrenees regional council recently launched the 1st European ocean monitoring and forecasting system that will provide a free service to give European citizens everywhere sea-state information at all times.

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  3. Jason-2 all set for the off

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    June 18, 2008

    The Jason-2 oceanography satellite is now in the home straight and set for launch Friday 20 June. Before reaching final orbit, the satellite will go through a sequence of steps just after launch and during the beginning-of-life phase of its mission. Jason-2 teams are watching launch preparations advance in California with much relief after a series of setbacks over the last 2 weeks. First, successive delays in the launch of the GLAST satellite pushed back the departure of Jason-2, since the same ground teams were preparing both satellites; and then poor weather prevented the satellite from being mated with the launcher as planned.

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  4. Jason-2 takes to the air

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    May 7, 2008

    Since 1992, altimetry satellites have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the world’s oceans. The Jason-2 satellite is all set to take over the ocean-observing mission of its predecessors Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon. It recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch on 15 June.

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  5. CNES and Ifremer sign framework agreement- Space advancing knowledge of the marine environment

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    December 9, 2016

    Thursday 8 December at CNES’s Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and François Jacq, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ifremer, the French institute of marine research, signed a framework agreement on space to advance knowledge of the marine environment. The agreement aims to foster synergies between the two agencies’ missions and competencies in their respective areas of excellence.

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  6. A leap forward for oceanography

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    June 10, 2008

    Over the last 15 years, altimetry satellites have been poring over the oceans in every detail, collecting more data in 10 days than could be gathered over several centuries by ships. This nascent revolution in oceanography promises to improve climate forecasting.

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  7. Jason-2: a family affair

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    May 27, 2008

    Jason-2’s main mission is to take over from its predecessor Jason-1 and assure data continuity. But the latest in the series of oceanography satellites is also carrying some new passengers. A brief tour of the “added extras” on Jason-2...

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  8. CNES and Eumetsat sign Jason-2 agreement

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    May 24, 2006

    Last month, Europe (CNES and Eumetsat) and the United States (Nasa and NOAA) signed a cooperation agreement on the Jason-2 programme. The European partners have now signed a new agreement on this ocean surface topography mission.

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  9. Jason-1 clocks up 10 years of climate observations

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    December 7, 2011

    The Jason-1 ocean-observing satellite has been in orbit for 10 years. In that time, it has helped to build up a 20-year time series of continuous sea-surface measurements to enhance our understanding of climate change.

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  10. A ground station for Jason-2

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    September 26, 2006

    The Jason-2 altimetry satellite will take over from Jason-1 in 2008, extending the continuous series of ocean measurements acquired starting in 1992 with Topex/Poseidon. Ground stations for Jason-2 are already being deployed. One of them, at Usingen, Germany, entered service on 28 September.

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