French space agency CNES has given the green light for a follow-on oceanographic satellite, allowing the 120-million euro ($144-million) Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), and its Jason-2 spacecraft, to enter full-scale development. NASA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Eumetstat also have approved funding for Jason-2/OSTM, which will allow oceanographic data to be used in operational weather and climate forecasting for the first time (AW&ST July ...

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