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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...

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...

Synchronized Satellites To Form Giant Space Telescope
2013-04-17 09:36:38

Watch the video "Proba-3 Mission Spacecraft Will Fly In Formation" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Proba-3 mission, a world first in precise formation flying, is being led by Spanish industry. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that two satellites can be synchronized to move as one object with sub-millimeter precision, enabling the creation of enormous space telescopes with the lens and detector hundreds of feet apart....

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...