Earth Observation Mission News
DigitalGlobe announced on 31 July 2014 its plans to accelerate the launch of WorldView-4, previously named GeoEye-2, to mid-2016 to meet demand from DigitalGlobe's Direct Access and other commercial customers.
Two micro-satellites "Hodoyoshi-3 & 4″ developed by the University of Tokyo under the FIRST program of the Cabinet Office of Japan were launched at local time 01:11 on 20 June (04:11 am Japanese Standard Time) by the Dnepr Launch Vehicle at Yasny Launch Base in Russia. The satellites are now in their initial operation phase and are capturing Earth images with wide angle, 40m, and 240m resolution cameras.
Although ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes of our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science
NASA's TRMM satellite measured up Super Typhoon Rammasun's rainfall rates, rainfall totals and cloud heights providing a look at the inner workings and aftermath of the storm.
21 July 2014
China will launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, to space this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).
The fifth generation GOCE gravity field solutions based on the so-called Time-wise (TIM) and Direct (DIR) methodologies, have been processed and verified by the GOCE HPF team, and are now made available to the public by ESA.
18 July 2014
SMOS is not only delivering key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity for science, but its data are also being used for a growing number of practical applications. Reflecting this versatility along with new synergistic opportunities, the mission will now remain operational until at least 2017.
Microsatellite Rising-2 has succeeded in capturing high precision images of the Earth's surface. Using a High Precision Telescope (HPT), it has successfully taken colour images at a spatial resolution of 5m, the highest in the world among 50kg-class satellites.
15 July 2014
NASA's Aura satellite, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on 15 July, has provided vital data about the cause, concentrations and impact of major air pollutants. With its four instruments measuring various gas concentrations, Aura gives a comprehensive view of one of the most important parts of Earth - the atmosphere.
A fresh load of supplies and research experiments began a three-day journey to the International Space Station on Sunday after a successful midday launch aboard an Antares rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore.
09 July 2014
While engineers have almost finished building the first Sentinel-3 satellite for ocean forecasting and marine safety, a beer cooler has an unusual role in supporting the long-term record of sea-surface temperatures.
UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first cubesat mission, was successfully launched on 08 July 2014 at 16:58 BST.
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times between 1 and 5 July 2014. Arthur is the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Scientists would especially like to understand the role that the daily heat of the sun plays in creating winds.
Airbus Defence and Space has published the first images obtained from the SPOT 7 satellite, a mere three days after its launch on 30 June.
02 July 2014
A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere.
A commercial imaging satellite blasted off on top of an Indian rocket Monday, reaching orbit a few minutes later to punctuate the deployment of a fleet of French spacecraft designed to monitor Earth with regularity and precision.
27 June 2014
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
27 June 2014
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has acquired images from the Phased Array Type L-band Aperture Radar-2 (PALSAR-2) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2).
Every time we get in a car and drive, we burn gasoline, releasing carbon dioxide and other compounds into the air and disturbing Earth's climate. Our use of fossil fuels continues to increase exponentially, with more than half of all fossil fuels ever used by humans being consumed in the last 20 years.
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