First Galileo Satellite on Orbit

The first Galileo demonstrator is in orbit, marking the very first step to full operability of Europe’s new global navigation satellite system, under a partnership between ESA and the European Commission (EC). Giove A, the first Galileo in-orbit validation element, was launched 28th December from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle operated by Starsem. Following a textbook lift-off at 05:19 UTC (06:19 CET), the Fregat upper stage performed a series of manoeuvres to reach a circular orbit at an altitude of 23 258 km, inclined at 56 degrees to the Equator, before safely deploying the satellite at 09:01:39 UTC (10:01:39... (read more)
2005-12-29 12:00:00

First Ever Tsunami Satellite Data

Unique, near real-time satellite radar altimeter data on the recent Tsunami in South East Asia was captured and processed by the Faculty Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The movement of the Earth’s crust associated with the earthquake was measured with GPS; this has never been done before with previous Tsunamis and magnitude-9 Earthquakes. According to Ernst Schrama, a scientist at the university, the data was acquired by pure coincidence; radar-altimeter satellites simply happened to be ‘in the right spot at the right time.’ The satellites orbit Earth approximately fourteen times per day, settling in a... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

NigeriaSat-2 Satellite Launch Announced

SSTL is to launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on 29th October 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory. Its mission objectives include providing high resolution maps of Nigeria every four months, monthly monitoring of Nigerian crops for food supply security, and supporting the development... (read more)
2010-05-14 12:00:00

GeoEye-1 Satellite Launch Successful

GeoEye has successfully launched GeoEye-1, the world's highest resolution, commercial Earth-imaging satellite. GeoEye's ground station in Norway relayed the downlink signal it received rom GeoEye-1 confirming that the satellite successfully separated from the second stage of the launch vehicle and began automatically initialising its onboard systems. Bill Schuster, GeoEye chief operating officer, said, "Based upon the data we saw, the satellite is performing properly and ready to begin the next phase towards meeting its mission requirements." GeoEye-1 will now undergo a calibration and check-out period before imagery products will be available for sale.Matthew O'Connell, GeoEye chief executive officer, said, "Later... (read more)
2008-09-08 10:36:15

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2007

The fifth Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2007 took place from 6th to 8th March 2007 in the famous ‘Residenz München’, Munich, Germany. The summit was established as the European and international conference with global impact, featuring invited high-ranking international speakers from industry, science and government, all addressing the direction to be taken by satellite navigation now and in the future. The programme contained many excellent presentations on latest status and policy developments relating to all major providers of GNSS, including the EU, USA, Russia, India, Japan and China, and approximately 440 registrants from 28 countries attended. This event really is... (read more)
2007-05-15 12:00:00

Another Modernized GPS Satellite Launched

A USA Air Force Modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was launched successfully on 20th December from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle. Designated GPS IIR-18M, the satellite is the fifth in a series of eight Block IIR-M spacecraft that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems has modernised for its customer, the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The Block IIR-M series includes new features that enhance operations and navigation signal performance for military and... (read more)
2008-01-02 09:14:34

Russian Arctic Under Satellite Control

Center of Space Monitoring of the Arctic Region was opened on 18th November at the Institute of the Information & Space Technologies of the Northern Arctic Federal University. The backbone of this centre is the national technology of Earth observation data reception and processing \"UniScan-36\", developed and manufactured by the ScanEx Research & Development Centre. The Institute of the Information & Space Technologies held a ceremonial opening of the Center of Space Monitoring of the Arctic Region. Chairman of the Arkhangelsk Region Assembly Vitaly Fortygin, general director of ScanEx RDC Vladimir Gershenzon and rector of the Northern Arctic Federal University... (read more)
2010-11-25 11:32:48

TanDEM-X Radar Satellite Deployed

The TanDEM-X radar satellite designed and built by Astrium (Germany) was successfully launched early this morning. At 04:14 hours CEST (08:14 hours local time), a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle carrying the huge satellite, which has a launch mass of more than 1.3 metric tons and measures five metres in length, lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Around ten minutes later, the satellite separated from the launch vehicl e's upper stage. The first signals from the satellite were received by the "Troll" ground station in Antarctica at 04.15 hours. TanDEM-X will operate in tandem with its almost identical twin,... (read more)
2010-06-21 03:10:02

Satellite Imagery of Israel's Fires

A satellite map of the Israeli disaster area was used by Emercom of Russia during their assistance in fire-fighting activities near Haifa city. Detailed imagery of IKONOS satellite from 4th December was used by ScanEx specialists to prepare and provide a satellite map of the fire-stricken are, where fire blazes and smoke plumes were detected.  The fires have been raging near the city of Haifa - the third in size city in Israel - starting 2nd December. According to the estimates of the experts over 2,000 hectares of forest have been burnt and over 40 people died. Fire brigades from... (read more)
2010-12-13 10:37:26

2011 European Satellite Navigation Competition

The 8th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is to be launched during a kick-off conference on 10th and 11th May 2011. The event, hosted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London, is the first opportunity to learn about this year\'s competition.     The ESNC International Kick-off Conference will begin with a 'elevator pitch' on the evening of 10th May. Candidates can request the opportunity to present quick, five-minute pitches of their business ideas to a jury. This will be followed by a warm-up party on the Inmarsat premises, including guided tours of their Satellite Control Centre... (read more)
2011-05-09 02:06:18
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