eoPortal News: Did you know?
15 September 2017
In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragility of our planet. But astronauts were not the only ones with their eyes on Earth.
09 September 2017
Sophisticated satellites are helping scientists monitor the volatility of Hurricanes Irma, Katia and Jose in the Atlantic basin.
05 September 2017
NASA's Earth Science Disasters Program has ramped up to build the infrastructure and the personal relationships and institutional partnerships needed to save lives and property worldwide.
30 August 2017
The world's first weather satellite, the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1) launched 57 years ago on 01 April, 1960. Weather satellites have changed how humans view the future, making it possible to foresee weather-related disasters before they arrive and better prepare for them.
On 28 August, EUMETSAT's near-real-time dissemination service went to the next level when CODA, EUMETSAT's Copernicus Online Data Access service, became operationally available to users via the new single-sign on option.
Finland-based ICEYE is launching a constellation of microsatellites with the aim of helping provide a view from space where traditional imaging cannot, with images delivered within a few hours using a technology that is typically very expensive and difficult to deploy. The startup uses something called synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to observe Earth even through clouds and in darkness, and it's gearing up to launch its first three SAR-equipped microsatellites within the next year.
22 August 2017
The ESA Atmospheric Validation Data Center (EVDC) has been migrated to a new portal with upgraded functionalities and new tools. The portal offers access to both Cal/Val data and Satellite products for specific missions. The user community is invited to exploit these new features and to contact the EVDC team for any further information.
The latest entrant in the field is Precious Payload, a company that seeks to provide a global reservation service for smallsat secondary payloads analogous to booking airline tickets or hotel rooms.
An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast's proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation.
03 August 2017
NOAA is developing its next generation global prediction system, and at its heart is the Finite Volume Cubed-Sphere dynamical core (FV3) modernizing the National Weather Service's approach to weather modelling.
A team of NASA scientists plan at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is further enhancing the Planetary Spectrum Generator, or PSG, which has attracted hundreds of expert and non-expert users worldwide, mainly through word-of-mouth advertising, since going online just a year ago.
27 July 2017
CanX-7 is part of the Daedalus experiment, an effort led by scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to tackle space junk.
25 July 2017
Measuring the temperature at the surface of the ocean is crucial to understanding its biological, physical and chemical environment. The sea surface temperature (SST) influences how gases move between the sea and the atmosphere, the distribution and feeding of marine animals such as fish, whales and seabirds, and may impact global and regional climates. Any changes in SST can have major effects on how the ocean behaves and on the life it sustains. Understanding the changing environment and the potential ramifications of climate change depends on accurate measurements and regular monitoring.
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on 03 Aug, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the event in Boulder, NASA scientists will explore the moon's eclipse of the sun to learn more about Earth's energy system.
12 July 2017
An upgrade of ECMWF's Integrated Forecasting System (IFS) implemented on 11 July improves forecast skill in medium-range and monthly forecasts.
06 July 2017
Satellite altimetry—long established as an essential tool for open-ocean oceanography and sea level studies—is now also supporting diverse applications in the coastal zone. These applications include monitoring storm surges and mapping coastal dynamics, wind, and waves, information that can be assimilated in coastal models.
Despite the ongoing development of a fleet of small launch vehicles, both launch providers and customers continue to see demand for flying small satellites as secondary payloads on larger rockets.
Airbus, together with non-profit organisation The Forest Trust (TFT) and radar satellite imagery expert SarVision, have launched Starling, an innovative satellite service enabling companies to demonstrate how they are implementing their ‘No Deforestation' commitments.
16 June 2017
China will launch a further four space probes before 2021 as part of the efforts to develop space science, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.
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