News of the week
Fifteen CubeSats owned by NASA, Spire Global, and U.S. research institutions launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship in May have been released into orbit, beginning missions to demonstrate miniaturized, low-cost Earth science instruments and join a commercial network of weather-monitoring nanosatellites.
Earth Observation Missions
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.
Research and Applications
Lightning strikes, giant sparks of electricity in Earth's atmosphere that are hotter than the surface of the sun, are a major hazard during thunderstorms. Knowing when and where lightning is occurring can tell us a lot about a storm - including its location, whether it's intensifying, and if the storm is capable of producing severe weather.
Did you know?
A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland - A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland is set to become the UK's first spaceport.
Since spring, several wildfires in central Russia and Siberia have sent huge quantities of smoke into the atmosphere, which travelled several thousands of kilometres across the Arctic Ocean to Alaska and North-West Canada and eventually the west coast of Greenland.
10 - 14 September 2018
Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)
Location: University of Leicester, United Kingdom
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) for science and applications development.
Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada are invited to apply to the 5-day course. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of spaces.
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.