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2010-04-17 10:30:11

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-13 became the official GOES-EAST satellite on April 14, 2010. GOES-13 was moved from on-orbit storage and into active duty. It is perched 22,300 miles above the equator to spot potentially life-threatening weather, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. "Just in time for the 2010 hurricane season, NOAA will have one of its newest, technologically advanced satellites closely tracking these...

2010-04-01 09:34:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future. (Logo:...

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2010-04-01 09:49:02

Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future. The first image from the Television Infrared Observation Satellite, known as TIROS-1, was a fuzzy picture...

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2010-03-12 10:16:20

Marking another significant step in the GMES initiative, ESA and Thales Alenia Space recently signed a contract worth &eur;270 million ($372 million USD) to build the second Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 satellites. Led by the European Commission in partnership with ESA, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program will provide a unique tool to monitor the environment. This initiative will fulfill policy-makers' growing needs to access accurate and timely information to...

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2010-02-04 08:03:20

Europe's series of Meteosat satellites has been improving the accuracy of weather forecasts for over 30 years. Meteosat-6 has recently broken the record for the operational life of one of these robust missions. The first Meteosat was launched in 1977 and also goes down in history as ESA's first Earth observation mission. There have been a further six of these first-generation weather satellites, with the last launched in 1997. From geostationary orbit, 36,000 km above the equator, the...

2009-12-11 08:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle is providing cyber security support to Harris Corporation in its development of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite -- Series R (GOES-R) Ground Segment , a new ground based system to support NOAA's next generation of geostationary weather satellites. "Harris brought Wyle on board to augment the Harris information security team and leverage our understanding of current NOAA security requirements," said Doug Newlon of Wyle's...

2009-06-16 12:58:35

The U.S. space agency is preparing to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The liftoff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-O satellite is targeted for June 16, during a 6:14 a.m. to 7:14 a.m. EDT launch window. Launching GOES-O will contribute the data needed for accurate NOAA forecasts for severe weather, including hurricanes that threaten at least 35 million Americans living in areas...

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2009-06-05 06:55:00

ESA Member States have unanimously voted to extend the Envisat mission through to 2013. Envisat "“ the world's largest and most sophisticated satellite ever built "“ has been providing scientists and operational users with invaluable data for global monitoring and forecasting since its launch in 2002. "The decision to extend the Envisat mission operations, taken during the last ESA Earth Observation Program Board meeting, is a recognition of the success of the mission, in terms of...

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2009-05-22 09:09:06

A synoptic view of European shipping routes can be seen for the first time thanks to a new map created using seven years of radar data from ESA's Envisat satellite. Earth observation satellites have been providing ship-detecting services for several years, but this is the first time this amount of data collected over an extended period has been processed to produce an overview of ship traffic patterns. Dr Vincent Kerbaol and Guillaume Hajduch of France's CLS (a subsidiary of the French space...

2008-12-03 13:37:25

The European Space Agency says it has paired its European Remote Sensing-2 satellite with its Envisat satellite in their second tandem operation. ERS-2, the space agency's veteran spacecraft, and Envisat, the largest environmental satellite ever built, both carry Synthetic Aperture Radar instruments that provide high resolution images of the Earth's surface. By combining two or more SAR images of the same site, slight alterations that may have occurred between acquisitions can be detected,...


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