General Earth Observation
Launch Date: September 19, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: MetOp-C Satellite Type: Meteorology Target Orbit: Sun Synchronous Orbit A "Europeanized" Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana
|Launch Date:||September 19, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M|
|Launch Site:||ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Target Orbit:||Sun Synchronous Orbit|
A “Europeanized” Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center with the third satellite in Europe’s MetOp Constellation – the first European meteorology system operating from Sun Synchronous Orbit to collect data on atmospheric parameters feeding into numerical weather forecasting. Modern-day satellite-based meteorology systems combine low-orbiting satellites in Sun Synchronous Orbit for atmospheric scanning while spacecraft placed in Geostationary Orbit collect rapid-cadence imagery for monitoring of weather systems. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the four-metric-ton MetOp satellites each carry a multi-payload suite for atmospheric sounding, scatterometry, and imaging.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
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Launch Date: November 2018 Launch Window: TBD Launch Vehicle: Vega Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: PRISMA (Precursore Iperspettrale della Missione Applicativa) Spacecraft Manufacturer: Leonardo, OHB Italia Satellite Operator: Italian Space Agency, ASI Europe's Vega rocket, embarking
|Launch Date:||November 2018|
|Launch Site:||ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Payload:||PRISMA (Precursore Iperspettrale della Missione Applicativa)|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||Leonardo, OHB Italia|
|Satellite Operator:||Italian Space Agency, ASI|
Europe’s Vega rocket, embarking on its twelfth mission, will lift the PRISMA pre-operational hyperspectral satellite for the Italian Space Agency ASI. The 550-Kilogram satellite hosts a new type of electro-optical instrument comprising a hyperspectral sensor and medium-resolution image. The proof-of-concept mission has been in the works since 2008.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Vega
Launch Date: Late 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Payload: Gaofen-6 Satellite Type: Earth Observation Secondary Payload: Luojia-1 A Chinese Long March 2D will launch the Gaofen-6 remote sensing satellite joining the
|Launch Date:||Late 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 2D|
|Launch Site:||Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center|
|Satellite Type:||Earth Observation|
A Chinese Long March 2D will launch the Gaofen-6 remote sensing satellite joining the country’s primary civilian Earth Observation infrastructure comprising a variety of differently-instrumented satellites operating from different orbits to capture a comprehensive set of land, ocean and atmospheric parameters. Gaofen-6 carries a package of three cameras, one for black-and-white imaging at a two-meter ground resolution, one for color imaging at eight-meter resolution and one for wide-angle color imaging at a 16-meter GSD. It is intended as a replacement for the first Gaofen satellite launched in 2013. Luojia-1 is a 6U CubeSat from Wuhan University to act as a prototype for a potential future CubeSat imaging constellation.