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Landsat Thermal Sensor Will Aid Water Management

by Matt Ball on February 7, 2012

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission‘s (LDCM) thermal infrared sensor (TIRS) has been completed and shipped to Orbital Sciences for integration into the rest of the satellite. This TIRS sensor will measure and monitor water evaporation and transpiration over Earth’s land surface by measuring radiation emitted in two thermal bands. The sensor resolution is 100 meters, […]

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This past Friday, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched France’s new Pleiades-1 high-resolution imaging satellite from French Guiana, along with five other satellites. The Pleiades-1 has a 70cm resolution, mulitspectral views in the visible and near-infrared bands, and a swath width of 20km , putting it on par with satellites from GeoEye and DigitalGlobe. The satellite […]

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NASA successfully launched the NPOESS  (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite early this morning from Vandenberg Air Force. The polar-orbiting satellite is a joint project between NASA and NOAA, with NASA using it as a research project and NOAA collecting weather details for forecasting and environmental monitoring. The satellite features five […]

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute, has just released a report that calls for a new earth observation satellite to better calibrate our climate models. The report draws attention to the estimated rise in temperature that span from a broad range of ~2-10?C. Dr. Nigel Fox, head of Earth Observation and […]

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Spaceflight Now reports that a Soyuz rocket launch yesterday was used to place a Kobalt M reconnaissance satellite into orbit. The classified military earth observation satellite is said to carry a camera that returns film to earth after its several-month mission. Similar film-based technology was used in the U.S.-based Corona reconnaissance satellites that were run […]

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Today, NASA launched its 14th earth science satellite into space with the launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D Sea Surface Salinity satellite. The satellite will provide a monthly map of sea salt movement and data that will help understand global climate change and ocean currents. The $287 million satellite measures the microwave energy emitted from the ocean […]

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NASA’s Glory Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit

by Matt Ball on March 4, 2011

In the second consecutive devastating loss of a climate observation satellite, NASA’s launch early this morning of the Glory satellite failed to reach orbit and crashed into the ocean. Reports of the launch aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vanedenberg Air Force Base in California indicate that the protective fairing did not separate as expected. […]

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NRO to Place More Focus on Science and Technology

by Matt Ball on February 5, 2011

There’s an interesting story on Space.com about a secret technology mission set to launch today on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office. While there’s little insight into the secret payload, other than speculation that it may be testing new radar or imaging sensors, there is a strong focus on the research and development efforts that […]

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Russian Rocket Problems Continue

by Matt Ball on February 2, 2011

Russia has  just lost the Geo-IK-2 Earth-observation satellite that was launched via a Proton rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome according to Russia’s Interfax-AVN news service. The Geo-IK-2 was reportedly an Earth-observation satellite designed for three-dimensional mapping to aid military operations. The launch failed to reach it’s proper orbit. In early December, the failure of another […]

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ITT Announces Three-Way Break-up and Shares Surge

by Matt Ball on January 12, 2011

ITT Corp. announced plans today to split into three publicly traded companies comprised of their Defense and Information Solutions business (including their Geospatial Solutions unit), a company focused on water technology, and a company focused on highly engineered industrial products/solutions. Based on this news, and the fact that ITT shareholders will own shares in all […]

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