Announcements

09/03/2017

Goddard's IceCube SmallSat Ready for Launch, Space Station Deployment

Less is more, and that's not just a buzz phrase. Good things are coming in smaller packages (again, not just another buzz phrase). Here's one that's 'on the rocks' coming soon to a launch near you; NASA has an IceCube that will be out of this world.


Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

IceCube, which will measure cloud ice levels using a radiometer, is the first small satellite project managed by Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility. After two years in the making, the 10-pound, breadloaf-sized satellite is poised to take flight on Orbital ATK's seventh contracted commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch March 19, 2017, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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07/03/2017

Joint ESA-BELSPO project "BelSAR" illustrates how tandem radar images can help map rural landscapes

 A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem.


Source: ESA Observing the Earth

Involving two aircraft flying in very close formation with each carrying a radar instrument, this first flight is part of a larger campaign in Belgium next month, in the framework of the joint ESA-BELSPO project "BelSAR".

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07/03/2017

New collections for PROBA-V and SPOT-VEGETATION

Last February the PROBA-V Collection 1 (C1) reprocessing was completed. The data are entirely available on the www.vito-eodata.be portal.
 
This collection marks among others the release of the Level 2A data products and significant improvements to the cloud detection algorithm. More information on these and other improvements can be found in the latest PROBA-V Product User Manual version. Collection 0 is no longer accessible since 1 March 2017.
 
Also of note is the release of the reprocessed SPOT-VEGETATION (VGT) data archive on www.vito-eodata.be. This new collection is referred to as “Collection 3” or C3, which includes among others improvements on cloud and snow/ice detection and radiometric calibration.  Read up on the  improvements in Collection 3 in the latest SPOT-VGT Product User Manual.   Previous SPOT-VGT data collections are no longer accessible.
 
Both the PROBA-V C1 and SPOT-VGT C3 are available on VITO's free and open virtual research platform. This allows the user to access and analyse the new data collections with a powerful set of tools and libraries, making free use of VITO’s powerful processing infrastructure.

07/03/2017

Second ‘colour vision’ satellite for Copernicus launched

 The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched today, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.


Source: ESA Observing the Earth

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