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

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

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

50th Anniversary of First Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Download this page in PDF format A celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) takes place in Vienna next week. Since the first one in 1968, … 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

Stung By Unauthorised Launches

Download this page in PDF format Unauthorised satellite launches caught our eye this week. According to reports the US firm Swarm Technologies Inc. launched four satellites in January without the permission of the US satellite regulator, the Federal Communications Commission … Continue reading