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2008-10-24 08:50:00

By Oren Dorell The U.S. government is looking to launch a new and powerful weather satellite that will be better able to pinpoint where hurricanes and tornadoes may strike. The Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellite, called GOES-R, will possess technologies not found in weather satellites such as the ability to photograph hurricane storm tracks every 30 seconds and capture images of cloud-to-cloud lightning that can precede tornadoes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

2008-08-14 18:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of guests and employees attended an event featuring U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and California's Lt. Governor John Garamendi and Northrop Grumman Corporation's chairman and CEO Ronald D. Sugar to highlight the contributions Earth observation satellites are making to global climate change monitoring. The event was held at the company's Space Technology sector facility in Redondo Beach, Calif. (See video from Northrop Grumman at:...

2007-08-27 16:16:21

Hot spots across Southeastern Europe from 21 to 26 August have been detected with instruments aboard ESA satellites, which have been continuously surveying fires burning across the Earth's surface for a decade. Working like thermometers in the sky, the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) on ESA's ERS-2 satellite and the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) on ESA's Envisat satellite measure thermal infrared radiation to take the temperature of Earth's land surfaces....

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2007-02-28 08:48:35

Launched from Kourou in French Guiana on the night of 28 February 2002, ESA's Envisat spacecraft marks its fifth year in space. Having orbited Earth more than 26,000 times, the world's largest and most complex environmental satellite ever launched has travelled a distance of more than 1,000,000,000 kilometres, nearly the equivalent of travelling to Jupiter and back. Generating some 280 Gigabytes of data products daily, Envisat has gathered 500 Terabytes to date. The amount of data returned by...

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2007-02-01 09:45:00

The most authoritative report on climate change to date will be released tomorrow in Paris, France, and is expected to warn of rising global sea levels and temperatures. Earth observation from space plays an invaluable role in helping scientists advance our understanding of climate change and capability to model its evolution. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) developed the report, "ËœClimate Change 2007', over six years with a panel of 2 500 scientific expert...

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2006-12-06 11:58:13

Have you ever wanted to track natural events in progress, such as fires, floods and volcanic eruptions, or simply explore the planet through the eyes of a satellite? ESA has created a website, MIRAVI, which gives access to the most recently acquired images from the world's largest Earth Observation satellite, Envisat. MIRAVI, short for MERIS Images RApid VIsualisation, tracks Envisat around the globe, generates images from the raw data collected by Envisat's optical instrument, MERIS, and...

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2006-03-01 10:10:00

ESA -- Since its launch in 2002, 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 "“ and the future looks even brighter. "The Envisat mission has reached its full maturity with the services provided by the satellite now well established, and the scientific results based on its data being increasing published," Envisat Mission Manager Henri Laur...

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2005-12-23 19:05:00

ESA -- This week's launch of MSG-2 ensures that satellite images continue to be available to European weather forecasters well into the next decade. It also marks a new chapter in a long-term space experiment measuring the available energy that drives the weather as a whole, and helping to establish how much the Earth is heating up. MSG-2's main instrument is the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-red Imager (SEVIRI) which returns detailed 12-wavelength images of the Earth and its...

2005-11-16 18:55:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A looming gap in U.S. polar satellite coverage may halve the ability to predict some hurricanes and eat into U.S. war fighting capabilities early in the next decade, Bush administration officials acknowledged to Congress on Wednesday. Currently, polar-orbiting platforms account for more than 90 percent of the data in prediction models used by the departments of defense and commerce, Ronald Sega, the Pentagon's top space official, told the House of...

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2005-05-05 13:55:00

ESA -- The most detailed portrait ever of the Earth's land surface is being created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite. The GLOBCOVER project aims at producing a global land cover map to a resolution three times sharper than any previous satellite map. It will be a unique depiction of the face of our planet in 2005, broken down into more than 20 separate land cover classes. The completed GLOBCOVER map will have numerous uses, including plotting worldwide land use trends, studying...


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