Earth Observation Mission News
11 July 2018
Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.
06 July 2018
The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June.
06 July 2018
The laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instrument has been successfully switched on aboard the recently launched twin U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites. The LRI, which is being flown as a technology demonstration, has made its first measurements in parallel with GRACE-FO's main microwave ranging instrument, and initial comparisons of the data from the two types of instruments show that they agree as expected.
06 July 2018
Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESA's Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana.
27 June 2018
An instrument that will one day measure air pollution from space is getting a taste of what space is like — but in a Colorado testing facility. Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, or TEMPO, is undergoing thermal vacuum chamber testing at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder. The test, which simulates the extreme heat and cold of outer space, will verify that TEMPO can survive the less-than-welcoming environment of its eventual home.
20 June 2018
An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.
Doctors learn a lot about their patients' health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can be a sign of illness. The same goes for plants, but their temperatures on a global scale are harder to measure than the temperatures of individual people.
19 June 2018
The key to monitoring Earth's changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?
15 June 2018
Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn't be more apt for ESA's Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different, it's going by ship.
13 June 2018
NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, 12 June, three months before its scheduled launch on United Launch Alliance's final Delta II rocket. After launch, slated for 12 September 2018, ICESat-2 will use a laser instrument to measure the height of Earth's surface in unprecedented detail.
Recently launched twin satellites create ‘The Himalaya Plot'
Less than three weeks after launch, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that enables its unique measurements of how mass migrates around our planet.
Almost 90 sea surface temperature experts from around the world today (06 June) have their first look at the infrared images just received from ocean-monitoring Copernicus satellite Sentinel-3B.
China on Tuesday 05 June launched the new Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and provide better meteorological services to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
05 June 2018
Before ESA's Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confirmed that one of its institutes Monday successfully tracked and received imaging data from the newly-launched Earth observation satellite Gaofen-6.
02 June 2018
China on Saturday (02 June 2018) launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-6, which will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring.
While experts continue to address an issue with the cooling system of the satellite's imager, new views from GOES-17 show that its ABI is providing beautiful – and useful – imagery of the Western Hemisphere.
Observations derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery show that wave stresses—which can be highly variable—are important external forces on sea ice within a few hundred kilometres of the ice edge.
The GOES-R Program is currently addressing a performance issue with the cooling system encountered during commissioning of the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. The cooling system is an integral part of the ABI and did not start up properly during the on-orbit checkout.
A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth's mass on and beneath the planet's surface successfully launched at 12:47 PDT on Tuesday, 22 May from the California coast.
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