Earth Observation Missions
22 November 2017
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today.
Research and Applications
28 November 2017
NASA is launching an instrument to the International Space Station to continue monitoring the Sun's energy input to the Earth system in December 2017.
Over the past two years, we've seen an incredible leap in earth observation technology being launched into space. From last year's November GOES-R launch, which gave us our current GOES-16 or GOES-EAST, to December's CYGNSS deployment of a little fleet of satellites designed to measure tropical storm and hurricane intensity, to the brand new JPSS-1 Satellite just put in orbit, our ability to collect near realtime weather data from space is truly remarkable.
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.