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LANDSAT-8 TO CONTINUE SERVICE UNTIL NEXT DECADE
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Source: NASA

NEWTOWN, Conn. - While Landsat-7 remained operational, the retirement of Landsat-5 made the need for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), or Landsat-8, more pressing. Landsat-8 launched on board an Atlas V launch vehicle on February 11, 2013.

With the launch, the Landsat program turns toward planning for the future. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) would like to build another satellite to replace Landsat-7, thereby maintaining a network of two satellites. With two satellites, the agencies can pass overview any given spot on Earth once every eight days. With only one spacecraft, that figure jumps to once every 16 days.

The current plan calls for work to start on Landsat-9, which will be based on Landsat-8. Rebuilding components for Landsat-9 will save on costs. The cost to build the satellite is estimated to drop to $650 million from about $850 million for Landsat-8.

NASA and the USGS also plan to build a low-cost Thermal Infrared Free-Flyer (TIR-FF) satellite for launch in 2019. The spacecraft will enable continued infrared observations after the TIR instrument on Landsat-8 reaches the end of its lifespan. Other instruments on Landsat-8 will operate for some time after the TIR reaches the end of its life span. Additionally, ESA's Sentinel-2A can provide medium-resolution optical imagery to supplement Landsat data.

The agencies enjoy support from the White House into creating a more systematic Landsat program, with more frequent satellite purchases. To that end, they plan on starting work on Landsat-10 before Landsat-9 is launched. Still, they will need to contend with the tight budget environment in Washington at this time. Costs will need to be kept in check.

Landsat-8 is expected to continue service throughout the decade, and will be replaced early in the next decade.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: July 30, 2015
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/30/2015

 
 
EUTELSAT PARTNERS WITH STARBURST ACCELERATOR
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Source: Ecuador Government

PARIS - Eutelsat Communications is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a start-up accelerator that stimulates innovation in the aerospace industry.

Starburst Accelerator was set up in 2013 to propel innovation in the aerospace sector by closing the gap separating new ventures from established companies, public organizations and venture capital firms. It provides young start-ups with a set of services enabling them to fast-track their growth, including support for business plans, interface with investors and industrial groups, office space and participation in regular workshops. It has also initiated partnerships with university labs in Europe and is expanding this network in the USA.

As the first corporate partner with an operator profile to support Starburst Accelerator, Eutelsat will strengthen the incubator's interest in start-ups developing services, applications and downstream technologies and will be part of the selection committee, joining innovation experts from partners that include Airbus, Thales, Hutchinson, Panasonic, Liebherr, Safran and Air France-KLM.

According to Jean-Hubert Lenotte, Director of Strategy of Eutelsat, working with the Starburst Accelerator is part of Eutelsat's plan to invest in disruptive technologies. In particular, Eutelsat is focusing on the "Internet of Things." Satellite is well suited to serving the rising demand for Internet of Things (IoT). IoT requires tracking of objects around the world. In many cases, terrestrial cellular networks are able to provide connections for these objects. However, in some areas of the world these networks are unavailable. When that is the case, satellite can be a strong complement to terrestrial networks.

Source:  Eutelsat
Associated URL: http://news.eutelsat.com/pressreleases/eutelsat-partners-with-starburst-accelera
Source Date: July 30, 2015
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/30/2015

 
 
MMS BEGINS FORMATION FLYING
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Source: Southwest Research Institute

GREENBELT, Md. - On July 9, 2015 the four spacecraft of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission began flying in a pyramid shape for the first time. The four-sided pyramid shape-called a tetrahedron-means that scientists' observations will be spread out over three dimensions.

MMS will be gathering data to study a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection, which-along with many other places in the universe-happens when the magnetic field surrounding Earth connects and disconnects from the magnetic field carried by solar wind, realigning the very shape of Earth's magnetic bubble and sending particles flying off at incredible speeds.

This tetrahedral formation is the result of years of discussion between scientists and orbital engineers to fashion feasible orbits that will yield the best possible observations. Such a pyramid is crucial to provide three-dimensional information about Earth's space environment - if all four spacecraft moved in a line or a plane, MMS couldn't observe the full shape of a structure as it flew through.

The other major feature of MMS' orbit can be seen right in its name: multiscale. Because the four MMS spacecraft orbits can be changed individually, scientists can adjust the distance among the four spacecraft, allowing them to study magnetic reconnection on a variety of different spatial scales.

The MMS orbit for its first phase, will carry the spacecraft through the front of Earth's magnetosphere - the magnetic bubble surrounding Earth - right at the boundary where it interacts with the constant wind of solar particles streaming in from the sun. Here, as the sun's magnetic fields interact with those that surround Earth, explosive magnetic reconnection events are known to happen. Flying though these boundaries every day for over one year, the four spacecraft will zoom through magnetic reconnection events right as they occur.

Following a March 13, 2015 launch aboard an Atlas V, MMS is currently in commissioning - a phase when its systems and instruments are tested -- and it will start official science observation in September 2015. MMS is the fourth NASA Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Program mission. The STP program has funded three other satellites that have already launched. It is unclear at this time if another mission will launch in the future.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/mms-formation-will-give-unique-look-at-magne
Source Date: July 30, 2015
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 07/30/2015

 

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