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Latest Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite Stories

2009-09-08 12:20:08

The European Space Agency says its Proba-2 satellite has reached the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia where it is being prepared for a November launch. Among the smallest satellites ever built by the ESA, Proba-2 builds on nearly eight years of operational experience gained with the space agency's Proba-1. The ESA said Proba-2 carries 17 new technology developments, and four scientific experiments focused on solar and space weather observations. Proba-2 will piggyback its way into...

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2009-09-07 08:00:00

Proba-2 has reached Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, where it is being prepared for launch this November. Among the smallest satellites ever built by ESA, it was transported there aboard an Ilyushin cargo plane. Proba-2 is a mission of ESA's General Support Technology Program (GSTP) , building on almost eight years of operational experience gained with Proba-1. While standard satellites are lorry-sized structures, the Probas occupy less than a cubic meter. But this small scale does not...

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2009-09-04 10:20:00

A company from one of ESA's Business Incubation Centres has used space technology to develop a scanner to spot weaknesses in dike structures. It is being used to inspect dikes and dams on the Danube river and in the Netherlands. Dutch start-up company Miramap's instrument can "Ëœlook' into the ground and measure the amount of water in the soil. This is important in checking the stability of dams and dikes. Very wet areas can indicate a weakened or even dangerously unstable...

2009-07-06 12:04:27

Proba-2, one of the smallest satellites the European Space Agency has built, is being readied for shipment to the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia. ESA officials said the satellite is the second in the ESA's Project for On Board Autonomy series. While standard satellites are truck-sized structures, the Proba satellites have a volume of less than one cubic meter, the ESA said in a statement. But this small scale does not limit their functionality: Proba-2 incorporates a total of 17 new...

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2009-07-06 08:45:00

Proba-2, one of the smallest satellites ESA has ever built for space, is about to leave its Belgian homeland. Its development and testing complete, the satellite is being packed up for the first leg of its journey to orbit - shipment to the distant Plesetsk launch site in northern Russia. Proba-2 is second in ESA's Project for OnBoard Autonomy series, building on nearly eight years of operational experience gained with Proba-1. While standard satellites are truck-sized structures, the Proba...

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2009-06-22 09:35:00

Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on November 2 2009. The new November launch date follows a rescheduling of the previously announced date of September 9. Both the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite and the secondary payload Proba-2, which is ESA's second Project for Onboard Autonomy mission,...

2009-05-28 13:15:23

The European Space Agency says its next Earth Explorer satellite is ready to be moved to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for its Sept. 9 launch. The satellite, called SMOS -- Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity-- will make global observations of soil moisture over Earth's landmasses and salinity over the oceans. It has been in storage at Thales Alenia Space's facilities in Cannes, France, awaiting completion of the ESA's Flight Acceptance Review -- a formal procedure that ensures all...

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2009-05-28 07:15:00

ESA's next Earth Explorer, SMOS, has just passed the all-important Flight Acceptance Review, signifying that all the elements that make up the mission are in place for launch later this year. The satellite can now be prepared for its journey to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Flight Acceptance Review is a formal procedure to ensure that all the mission elements are in order and ready for launch. These elements not only include the satellite, but also the readiness of the...

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2009-04-27 10:40:00

Following confirmation from Eurockot Launch Services that they will launch ESA's SMOS mission on September 9 this year, the satellite has just been taken out of storage "“ providing an opportunity for the media to view the satellite before it is prepared for shipment to the launch site in Russia. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is the next Earth Explorer in line for liftoff after the successful launch of the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation...

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2009-03-13 06:00:00

ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. GOCE data will be crucial for obtaining accurate measurements of ocean circulation and sea-level change, both of which are affected by climate change. The data will help to better understand processes occurring inside the Earth which are linked to volcanoes and earthquakes. The "Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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