News of the week
19 November 2016
GOES-R, the first of NOAA's highly advanced geostationary weather satellites, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 19 November at 6:42 p.m.. The satellite will boost the nation's weather observation network and NOAA's prediction capabilities, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings.
Earth Observation Missions
14 November 2016
Construction is now complete on the first of the two satellites for NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, planned for launch in the December 2017/January 2018 timeframe.
Research and Applications
18 November 2016
A landmark global map showing nearly every human settlement on Earth is now available to researchers. Compared to previous mapping efforts, the satellite-based ‘Global Urban Footprint' dataset shows not just urban centres, but also tiny rural hamlets.
Policy & Legislation
11 November 2016
Heads of space agencies are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco at the COP22 climate change summit to reaffirm their commitment to a coordinated approach for monitoring Earth's climate, with particular focus on the water cycle.
Did you know?
16 November 2016
There's no doubt that forests — the lungs of our planet — are under extreme pressure from deforestation. Since 2010, UrtheCast's Deimos-1 satellite has been collecting data for demanding forestry management projects, worldwide, and particularly in tropical areas.
17 - 19 January 2017
Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)
Location: Frascati, Italy
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.