Earth Observation Mission News
Contract seals deal for Biomass satellite’s ride into space
28 October 2019
Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract that secures the launch of the Earth Explorer Biomass satellite. With liftoff scheduled for 2022 on a Vega launch vehicle from French Guiana, this new mission is another step closer to mapping the amount of carbon stored in forests and how it changes over time though deforestation, for example.
Other satellites can measure how much of Earth's surface is covered by trees, but the Biomass mission takes forest counting to a new level by using a type of instrument that has never before been flown in space: a ‘P-band' synthetic aperture radar.
Image credit: ESA - Biomass mission