Latest Earth Observation Satellite Launches

Download this page in PDF format Earth observation (EO) satellites were amongst the payload on board the H-IIA rocket which was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at 1.08pm on Monday 29th October from the Tanegashima Space Center … Continue reading

Earth Observation Ecosystem

Download this page in PDF format Last week I was in Brussels at the Copernicus Ecosystem Workshop 2018 which took place on the 9th and 10th October at the Docks Dome; an architecturally interesting building located on top of the … 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

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

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

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

Sentinels Watch Over Common Agricultural Policy

Download this page in PDF format A new programme was launched on the 22nd May enabling Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data to be used to support the monitoring of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The principles of CAP were … Continue reading

Will You Have To Pay For Landsat Data?

Interesting discussions are taking place in the US on the position of free-to-access data which has the potential to affect everyone working in the downstream industry. Continue reading

UK Focusing on Agri-tech

Download this page in PDF format Agri-tech has long been seen as an exploitable opportunity for Earth Observation (EO). This was highlighted again last week by Greg Clark MP, the Business Secretary, at his speech at the National Farmers’ Union … Continue reading