April 25, 2016
The second satellite of the Sentinel-1 mission, Sentinel-1B, was successfully launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on April 22, 2016.
February 16, 2016
The third ESA-developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched today, ready to provide a ‘bigger picture’ for Europe’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3A satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on 16 February. After a first burn starting about
January 15, 2016
The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch
November 16, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif.—San Jose-based Hera Systems is revealing its plans to launch the first of the company’s satellites that will capture high-resolution Earth images and video in near-real time. Hera Systems has secured its initial round of investment funding and is set to begin initial launches in October 2016. It will be the only company
September 11, 2015
Kourou, Sept. 11, 2015—Arianespace has successfully launched the ninth and tenth satellites in the Galileo constellation for the European Commission, under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The company's eighth launch of the year, and the 12th Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, took place on
July 7, 2015
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is slated to launch its heaviest commercial load on July 10, 2015, with a payload of five satellites made up of the DMC3 constellation of optical Earth-observation satellites as well as two others aboard a PSLV-XL rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
June 30, 2015
China launched the Gaofen 8 satellite on June 26, 2015, from the Taiyuan space center in northern China. The high-resolution, optical Earth-observation satellite is part of the Gaofen family, with Gaofen 1 launching in 2013 and Gaofen 2 launching in 2014.
February 3, 2015
The successful launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite on Jan. 31, 2015, promises more accurate measurements of soil dampness. Using microwave pulses, the instrument is able to detect how much moisture is in the ground, because the moisture affects how many microwaves bounce back.