Posts tagged as NASA

Space weather looking good for space exploration

While NASA is delighted that the next solar cycle is predicted to be the weakest in 200 years, many others who rely on the ionosphere to produce high frequency propagation (HF) will be less enthusiastic, while satellite owners will also be delighted with a lower possible solar impact on their operations. The last astronauts of […]

Commercial satellite to measure major air pollutants hourly

Maxar Technologies will integrate and fly NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument on a 1300-class satellite in geostationary orbit. The satellite will be the first space-based instrument to provide hourly monitoring of major air pollutants during the daytime across the North American continent at high spatial resolution. TEMPO is a UV-visible spectrometer that […]

20 July: The 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which SA helped plan

Man first walked on the moon fifty years ago on 20 July 1969 While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Amstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s landing on the moon, few people know that the place where Eagle landed was planned from information researched by scientists working at the Hartebeesthoek deep space […]

New satellites, contracts and programmes for cubesat company

In April, Planet launched 20 next-generation Dove satellites into orbit. The Flock 4a satellites were placed into a 500km sun synchronous orbit with a mid-morning crossing time. A few days later the satellite company announced that the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has extended its 2018 contract and renewed it for an additional six months […]

National space agency purchases cube-sat data

Planet has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement with NASA’s Earth Science Division, which establishes a way for the agency to purchase Planet data for scientific evaluation over the next twelve months, with the option to extend an additional three years. The agreement sets a precedent for how NASA purchases commercial services and assess their […]