July 30, 2009

Two monitoring satellites launched

Two satellites were sent into space to improve the world's only space-based disaster monitoring system, the British company that makes the satellites said.

Both satellites were expected to enhance the monitoring program, which provides Earth observation imagery for a variety of commercial and environmental applications in addition to disasters, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited said in a news release Thursday.

These latest two satellites will advance the capability of the DMC ... to provide affordable Earth observation space assets to all, and continue to demonstrate the commercial value of space, SSTL Chairman Martin Sweeting said.

The satellites were launched on board a Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday.

SSTL, based in Guildford, launched 34 satellites since 1981.