News of the week
The first of five instruments that will fly on JPSS-1, NOAA's next polar orbiting environmental satellite, successfully completed pre-shipment review last week. The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) will be on board the JPSS-1 satellite mission scheduled to launch in early 2017.
Earth Observation Missions
26 April 2014
Arianespace's next Vega mission from French Guiana has been given the "all clear" for liftoff on 28 April with its DZZ-HR payload, following completion of the launch readiness review performed at the Spaceport.
Research and Applications
21 April 2014
Together with the Gaofen-1 satellite, a high-resolution observation satellite of China, the FY-03 meteorological satellite of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) joined the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", which was recognised by the 31st session of the Charter in Beijing on 14-17 April.
Policy & Legislation
24 April 2014
Commercial satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong has formally terminated its cooperation agreement with GeoMetWatch to place a hyperspectral meteorological sensor on the AsiaSat 9 telecommunications satellite now in development.
16 - 17 September 2014
Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)
Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Earth Observation has demonstrated that it is a suitable technology to support Cryosphere research and applications, providing unique information to advance the scientific understanding of cryospheric processes and their link to climate change.
ESA, through the results of ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat and CryoSat, has contributed significantly to this understanding. In the future, the Sentinel series will maintain this contribution providing continuous and long-term data streams to address numerous scientific and operational aspects on Cryosphere research and applications.
A significant amount of data have been also collected through different targeted ESA campaigns providing a unique set of new airborne observations and in-situ data that support the scientific community to further advance in the development and consolidation of novel observational principles and retrieval techniques. These data represent an additional opportunity to explore and advance in the definition of novel mission concepts for the Cryosphere with a special emphasis on snow.
By reviewing recent field campaign based on ground, airborne and satellite observations the workshop will provide a state-of-the-art overview of techniques to observe snow properties by taking snow in other cryosphere disciplines into account.
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.