News of the week
07 March 2017
The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched today, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.
Earth Observation Missions
Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth's upper atmosphere.
Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather.
Research and Applications
03 March 2017
China still has a startling number of vacant real-estate developments, judging from new satellite analysis by DigitalGlobe and Business Insider.
Did you know?
The University of Manchester is leading a multi-million pound project to develop satellites which will orbit much closer to the Earth – making them smaller, cheaper, helping to dodge space debris and improving the quality of images they can send back.
Organisations: Westminster Forum Projects (WFP)
Location: London, United Kingdom
In the context of the British Government's ongoing target for the UK to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030, delegates at this conference will consider key opportunities and challenges ahead for the UK space industry.
The seminar is timed to facilitate discussion between policymakers and stakeholders as the UK Space Agency considers responses to its consultation on a new strategy for how the National Space Policy principles of growth, safety and security and collaboration can be put into practice, and to ensure that the strategic importance of the industry is recognised.
Delegates will also assess the implications of the ESA Council of Ministers for the funding of UK projects for the next four years. Further planned sessions will discuss infrastructure as the government considers the location for the UK's first national spaceport, as well as future priorities for trade, investment and sector skills following the EU-referendum result.
EO Missions Database
Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.
This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.