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Proba-V Working Around The Clock
2014-02-18 08:49:27

ESA More than 5000 images, 65 daily global maps and six 10-day global syntheses, plus a quick peek at the Olympics: in its first two months of work, the vegetation-monitoring Proba-V minisatellite has yielded a valuable harvest for around a hundred scientific teams around the globe. Measuring less than a cubic metre, Proba-V tracks vegetation growth across the world on a near-daily basis – 93% of the globe is covered in one day, 100% in two days – using its main wide-viewing...

Global Vegetation Data From Proba-V Ready For Use
2013-12-03 11:58:30

ESA Less than seven months after launch, Earth-watcher Proba-V is ready to provide global vegetation data for operational and scientific use. Launched by a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of 7 May, the Proba-V miniaturized satellite is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days at a resolution of 330 m. The satellite is less than a cubic meter in volume, and carries a Vegetation instrument that collects light in the...

Vegetation Probed Across The Globe
2013-07-10 17:10:51

ESA The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space. Proba-V is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days. The data can also be used for day-by-day tracking of extreme weather, alerting authorities to crop failures, monitoring inland water resources and tracing the steady spread of...

Europe’s Space Hub Open Its Doors To The Public October 6
2013-06-17 07:57:21

ESA From the latest space ferry to the very first Alphasat, Europe has never been more active in space, with a crowded manifest of ESA launches across the rest of the year. But where are all these varied missions born? See for yourself this October, as ESA´s ESTEC research and technology centre opens its doors to the public. No sooner has Luca Parmitano joined the International Space Station than ESA´s latest space truck is resupplying the orbital outpost. Meanwhile, the...

Proba-V Satellite Monitors Aircraft Traffic From Orbit
2013-06-13 19:55:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Proba-V has become the first satellite to pick up aircraft tracking signals. Proba-V's new feature allows air traffic controllers to follow aircraft in flight across the globe from space. “We have succeeded in proving that these relatively low-powered air traffic control signals can indeed be detected from space as they are, without any need for upgraded aircraft equipment,”...

ESA's Proba-V Turns On In Time To Catch Stunning Image Over Western France
2013-05-17 09:47:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched its Vega rocket on May 7 carrying multiple payloads. The launch was meant to demonstrate the versatility of the agency´s VESPA multiple launch adapter. After last week´s early morning lift-off, Vega deployed three spacecraft into orbit: Estonia´s ESTCube-1, Vietnam´s VNREDSat-1 and the prime payload Proba-V. ESA´s Proba-V, a next-generation "Earth...

ESA Vega Rocket Launch Successful, Three Payloads Deployed In Orbit
2013-05-07 08:19:42

[WATCH VIDEO: Vega Launch Sequence Replay] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a delayed launch due to strong wind conditions on Saturday May 4, ESA's Vega rocket lifted off early Tuesday (02:06 GMT May 7) on a complex mission to set three payloads into two different orbits. The ESA successfully launched the rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1. Tuesday´s launch was the second mission...

ESA Postpones Vega Rocket Launch Because Of Strong Winds
2013-05-06 10:15:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (May 6 at 10:15 a.m.) ESA´s second Vega flight, VV02, due for a launch this past weekend, was canceled at last minute due to unfavorable weather conditions. The Vega rocket was scheduled to lift off on May 4 from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying Proba-V as the prime payload. Proba-V is the first of four ESA missions in the Vega Research and Technology Accompaniment (VERTA) program, which will...

Proba-V Is Seated And Ready For Flight
2013-04-18 08:16:02

ESA ESA´s Proba-V vegetation-mapping minisatellite has been fitted to the payload adapter and met its fellow passengers for its 2 May flight to orbit on a Vega launcher. Last week, technicians attached Proba-V to the top of the Vespa adapter, which carries multiple payloads on a single Vega. The other two satellites flying with Proba-V have now been installed inside Vespa: Vietnam´s VNREDSat Earth observation mission and Estonia´s ESTCube-1 student nanosatellite, to...

Global Vegetation Being Mapped By Miniature Satellite
2013-02-11 12:34:37

ESA [ Watch The Video ] The French Spot satellites have been charting the world´s vegetation since 1998. This important task soon falls to ESA´s Proba-V, which, despite being only a little larger than a washing machine, will provide sharp views of Earth´s plant life every two days. Keeping a close check on the health of vegetation is not only essential for monitoring environmental change, but also for numerous practical applications — importantly, those related...


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