INTRIGUING IMAGE OF THE WEEK
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS & TRENDS
- Robotic Arms Secure CATS Instrument on ISS
Robotic arms installed the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) laser instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Jan. 22, 2015. The instrument will measure clouds and the location and distribution of pollution, mineral dust, smoke and other particles in the atmosphere.
- Planet Labs Raises $95 Million
Planet Labs recently closed a $70 million Series C round of financing, including $25 million debt for a total of $95 million in financing. Data Collective led this round of financing, which comes after the company’s successful launch of 73 satellites, the opening of a new headquarters in the heart of San Francisco and the addition of Tom Barton as chief operating officer.
- UAS Stays Aloft for 80 Hours to Claim Endurance Record
An 80-hour flight of Aurora Flight Sciences’ Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has been submitted for review as an endurance record, eclipsing the 30.5-hour flight of the Global Hawk UAS set in 2001.
- Germany Prepares a Microsatellite for Forest Fire Detection
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has plans to launch the Berlin Infrared Optical System (BIROS) microsatellite in October 2015. The satellite will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India.