Ice and Wind Measurements

Download this page in PDF format NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the latest Earth observation (EO) satellite mission to launch. It left Vandenberg Air Force Base in the United States at 13.02 GMT last Saturday. It’s … Continue reading

UK Earth Observation Satellites Launched Beneath No Deal Brexit Shadow

Download this page in PDF format It’s been a bit of rollercoaster week for the UK Space Industry. The positive news is that on Sunday, 16th September, at 16.38 GMT two UK satellites were launched onboard the Polar Satellite Launch … Continue reading

Middle Earth Observation!

Download this page in PDF format The 2018 UK National Earth Observation (EO) Conference took place last week, and this review is our highlights of three days in Birmingham! The conference was a joint collaboration between the Remote Sensing & … Continue reading

How many Earth observation satellites are in space in 2018?

Download this page in PDF format Earth Observation (EO) satellites currently account for over one third of the operational satellites orbiting the Earth. As we described two weeks ago, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) satellite database there … Continue reading

Drones: Useful Earth observation platform, or an expensive toy?

Download this page in PDF format Commercial drones have undergone a sharp rise in popularity over the past decade. At the beginning of 2015, 133 drones were registered in the US for commercial purposes. By the end of the same … Continue reading

How many satellites are orbiting the Earth in 2018?

Download this page in PDF format This is our annual update on the satellites currently orbiting the Earth. How many satellites are orbiting the Earth? According to the Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space maintained by the United Nations … Continue reading

Earth, Wind and Fire Satellites

Download this page in PDF format We’re looking at current satellite launches interested in measuring the Earth, wind and fire: Earth China launched its Gaofen-11 satellite, via the Long March 4B rocket, on the 30th July from the Taiyuan Satellite … Continue reading

Life-size Statues: Ancient and Modern

Download this page in PDF format We’ve had an interesting couple of days exploring the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern worlds on a short holiday in Liverpool. The city is currently home to the ‘China’s First Emperor and the … Continue reading

Future UK Satellite Launches?

Download this page in PDF format Over the last few years the number of satellites being launched has increased dramatically, driven by the rise of smaller satellites. This increase has also led to a logjam in available launch vehicles, which … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Earth Observation!

Download this page in PDF format This week, arguably, marks the birth of the modern Earth Observation (EO). On the 23rd July 1972, the first Landsat satellite was launched – although at the time it was called Earth Resources Technology … Continue reading