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2010-11-02 14:44:00

A year ago today, ESA's SMOS satellite was launched to improve our knowledge of the water cycle. We are now not only closer to understanding more about Earth, but the novel technology employed by SMOS is clearly demonstrating a new way of monitoring Earth from space. The Earth Explorer Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite was lofted into space in the early hours of 2 November 2009 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The next six months were spent commissioning the...

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2010-10-06 14:41:06

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday it launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to shut down illicit radio and TV transmissions that have interfered with their SMOS climate satellite. The $434 million Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite "has been bugged by patches of interference from radar, TV and radio transmissions in what should be a protected band," ESA said in a statement today. "Painstaking efforts to reduce these unwanted signals are now paying off," the...

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2010-09-03 10:01:01

ESA's SMOS water mission has taken another step forward by demonstrating that it will lead to a better understanding of ocean circulation. Using preliminary data, scientists can clearly see how surface currents affect the 'Amazon plume' in the open sea. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission has been delivering observations of 'brightness temperature' to the science community since mid-July. As a measure of radiation emitted from Earth's surface, this information can be used to...

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2010-08-17 11:15:00

SMOS, Europe's "water satellite", which can sense the wetness of soils, is helping to provide "a different perspective on the floods in Pakistan," according to a recent BBC News report. A unique instrument aboard the spacecraft has discovered how the earth became saturated in the monsoon rains. The floods that took place two weeks ago in the mountainous northwest are the worst in recorded history. About 20 million people and 61,000 sq. miles of land have been affected by the disaster. The...

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2010-06-30 13:05:00

Today, a focus at ESA's Living Planet Symposium is on the innovative SMOS mission, which recently became operational. Early results are proving very encouraging with its first observations due to be released in early July. ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite was launched in November to gather data on moisture in the surface layers of soil and salt in the surface of the oceans. SMOS will improve our understanding of the water cycle and help advance weather and climate...

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2010-05-21 10:55:00

ESA's SMOS satellite completed its six-month commissioning this week and formally began operational life. This milestone means the mission is now set to provide much-needed global images of soil moisture and ocean salinity to improve our understanding of the water cycle. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite was launched on 2 November last year, and has since undergone an intense program of calibration and commissioning in preparation for its life in service. At a three-day...

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2010-05-14 09:32:19

As ESA's SMOS mission nears the end of its commissioning, a new network will provide harmonized global datasets of soil moisture measurements collected from the ground, ensuring the data received from space are as accurate as possible. Making sure data delivered from space are accurate is a crucial aspect of any Earth observation mission. One way of achieving this is to take in situ measurements on the ground and compare them with the data being acquired by the satellite orbiting above....

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2010-05-05 10:55:00

Despite continued interference issues, Europe's SMOS satellite is transmitting valuable new data on the way water is cycled across the globe. The satellite was launched in November to track changes in the wetness of soils and the salinity of the oceans using a microwave antenna. The detailed maps will soon be released for the eyes of the scientific community. But there are still some issues as SMOS is blinded by radar networks and media links in some areas of the world. The radio frequency...

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2010-04-13 08:25:00

ESA's CryoSat-2 has delivered its first data just hours after ground controllers switched on the satellite's sophisticated radar instrument for the first time. CryoSat-2 was launched on April 8 and has been performing exceptionally well during these critical first few days in orbit. Europe's first mission dedicated to studying variations in our planet's ice cover entered polar orbit just minutes after launch last Thursday, marking the start of three days of intense activity. Mission...

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2010-04-09 12:37:10

ESA has awarded a contract to Eurockot for the launch of two of its Earth observation missions. The first will be the next Earth Explorer: Swarm, a constellation of three satellites to study Earth's magnetic field. With the successful launch of the CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer less than 24 hours ago, this new contract highlights ESA's commitment to learning more about Earth from the vantage point of space. The contract covers the launch of ESA's Swarm magnetic-field mission and a 'ticket' for one...


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