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Primary GOES-R Instrument Cleared For Installation
2013-10-31 12:41:00

[ Watch the Video: The Future of Weather Monitoring ] NASA A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and is a significant improvement over instruments on NOAA’s current...

Space Weather Damaging Satellites
2013-09-16 14:32:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists say space weather could be causing some satellite malfunctions due to high-energy electrons. Space weather is a biproduct of solar activity. When an eruption takes place on the sun's surface, it ejects charged particles which sometimes head straight towards Earth. MIT researchers writing in the journal Space Weather say this phenomenon is causing some geostationary satellites to experience failures despite efforts to protect...

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2012-08-07 20:54:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's latest weather satellite has capture its first image of the Earth, the agency said. The MSG-3 satellite captured the first image using the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument. The satellite launched on July 5, and ESA said it is performing well and on its way to taking over operational service after six months of commissioning. ESA said it was responsible for the initial...

Weather Satellite For Operations Handed Over By ESA
2012-07-17 10:13:21

Since the launch of MSG-3, ESA´s mission controllers have been working to ensure that this latest weather satellite´s voyage to 36 000 km above the Equator runs smoothly. With MSG-3 healthy and now in its place of work, ESA has handed operations over to Eumetsat. The third Meteosat Second Generation satellite took to the skies on an Ariane 5 rocket on 5 July from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Once fully operational, it will deliver essential information...

Weather Monitoring Satellite Meteosat Launches
2012-07-08 05:52:47

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The latest in a series of European Space Agency (ESA) geostationary meteorological satellites was successfully launched into space late last week, the organization has announced. In a July 6 press release, ESA officials confirmed the Thursday launch of an Ariane 5 rocket carrying the third Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-3) probe. The vehicle departed from a spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in...

ESA’s Mission Control Ready For Launch Of MSG-3
2012-07-04 16:46:59

Europe´s new meteorology mission is set to soar into space on an Ariane 5 from Kourou on 5 July. Just 34 minutes later, ESA´s team of expert mission controllers will begin shepherding the satellite through the critical first steps of its life. ESA developed the MSG series of satellites in close cooperation with Eumetsat — the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites — and ESOC is responsible for the complex ℠LEOP´ — the...

Running On Fumes
2012-07-04 16:41:34

When you consider the cost of launching a satellite, it´s small wonder that ESA is looking to keep them working as long as possible. For satellites offering communications services that are bought and paid for, this extended life is critical. Now there is a solution. Communication satellites are often placed in the unique ℠geostationary orbit´, almost 36 000 km above the equator where their speed matches Earth´s 24-hour spin. From our viewpoint, they appear to sit...

Russian Satellite Takes 121 Megapixel Image And Video Of Earth
2012-05-14 10:30:50

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com A Russian weather satellite has taken a 121 megapixel image of planet Earth, over 22,000 miles above the surface. The image was taken by Russia's Electro-L satellite, and unlike other images taken by spacecrafts, it was taken in one single shot. Normally, several images are taken by a space agency, then are stitched together in order to create one big image.  However, Roscosmos went about it another way with its 121 megapixel photo.  Each pixel...

MSG-3 Satellite Ready To Continue Weather-monitoring Service
2012-03-08 03:51:27

International partners are looking ahead to the newest member in a series of weather satellites that deliver images to European forecasters: MSG-3 is set for launch this summer. The Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites are designed to improve weather prediction. The first in the series, MSG-1 — also known as Meteosat-8 — was launched in 2002. MSG-2 followed three years later. Both have been successful in continuing the legacy of the operational meteorological...

New System To Forecast Space Weather
2012-03-05 08:04:05

A new system has been developed by British scientists that will forecast space weather in an effort to better protect satellites orbiting our planet from damaging solar storms. Led by researchers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the SPACECAST project is expected to provide reliable web-based forecasts so that satellite operators will be able to take action to keep their navigational, communication, and scientific satellites from the radiation that solar storms produce. Researchers...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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