Earth Observation Mission News
Orbital Micro Systems Achieves Earth Observation Breakthroughs
19 August 2019
Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and analysis-ready earth data intelligence platforms, announced that data received from its payload on the IOD-1 GEMS satellite has proven the commercial viability of the company's advanced earth observation platform. Deployed from the International Space Station on 3 July, 2019, OMS' MINIRAD™ miniaturized passive microwave radiometer outmatched the best available microwave and infrared views of weather structures on earth, showing excellent clarity and detail not previously possible.
"Having proven the viability of our hardware and software, OMS is immediately ramping up production of our commercial platform which incorporates two MINIRAD instruments, providing additional data observation channels," said William Hosack, chief executive officer of OMS. "With the success of IOD-1 GEMS, the company is already executing on our government and commercial contracts to deliver actionable weather information, while expanding our capacity to provide analysis ready data (ARD) to global markets within minutes of observation."
Image credit: Orbital Micro Systems - Superior definition of weather structures revealed in comparison of GEMS data to coincident NOAA and FY-3C data.