Is there life on Mars?

Download this page in PDF format On November 26th 2018 at 19:52:59 GMT, Mars welcomed the arrival of its latest inhabitant, the ‘Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport’ lander, or InSight for short. This marks the 8th … Continue reading

Developing a Drought & Flood Mitigation Service for Uganda

Download this page in PDF format It’s an exciting week as I’m in sunny Kampala in Uganda helping demonstrate the Beta version of the Drought and Flood Mitigation Service (DFMS) we’re part of developing. We’ve already had a number of … Continue reading

Monitoring the Impact of Glacial Melt With Satellites

Download this page in PDF format Two interesting, and indirectly linked, articles were published in the last few weeks looking at how satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques are being used to monitor changes in glaciers across the globe. Firstly, … Continue reading

NASA in Plymouth!

Download this page in PDF format It was great to be invited to give the introductory talk at the inaugural Plymouth NASA Space Apps Challenge last weekend. Space Apps is a two-day international hackathon hosted in cities around the world, … Continue reading

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