Celebrating Space Industry Milestones!

Download this page in PDF format Sixty years ago on the 1st October 1958 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA as most people refer to them, began operations. Ten days later they launched their first unmanned mission, Pioneer … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Remote Sensing In Crete!

Download this page in PDF format Last week I attended the 38th Annual European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) Symposium, which took place on the Greek island of Crete. The theme of the Symposium was Earth Observation Supporting Sustainability … Continue reading

Do the British have weather worth talking about?

Download this page in PDF format Everyone knows the British like to talk about the weather. But last week even NASA was talking about the British weather – so you know something must be happening! Well, it’s been hot. Now … Continue reading

Plant Temperatures, Artificial Intelligence and Super-Caffeinated Coffee!

Download this page in PDF format These three items are all relevant to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which took off last Friday, 29th June, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5.42am EDT. The launch was bound for … Continue reading

First Image and First Orbits

Download this page in PDF format Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a fantastic shot of the Earth, shown on the left, from the GOES-17 satellite. The satellite was launched on the 1st March 2018 and … Continue reading