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Re: Satellite News
« Reply #50 on: October 15, 2020, 05:05:22 PM »
Sometime tonight there will be a close approach of a retired satellite and a rocket stage. I've seen closest approach estimates  range from 12 to 60 meters. The satellite has a 50 ft boom to add excitement.  TCA is 00:56 tomorrow UTC, or 7:56 pm today US EDT.

Edit: The rocket booster is 15 m long, this could be quite interesting. There is still debris being tracked from a 2009 Iridium collision.
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Re: Satellite News
« Reply #51 on: October 15, 2020, 06:00:42 PM »
It's not quite "satellite" news, only stratosphere news.
High-altitude airships company picks New Mexico for base

(AP) — A technology company aiming to send up high-altitude airships to monitor crops and bring broadband has chosen New Mexico for its U.S. production center, state Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Tuesday.

The Switzerland-based Sceye picked the state as its U.S. base for stratospheric flights for earth observation and communication after spending more than $50 million in developing the stratospheric airship and building infrastructure, state officials said.

Officials said the company founded by global humanitarian Mikkel Vestergaard will locate its manufacturing operation in the state and will create 140 high-paying manufacturing and engineering jobs.

The move comes as Sceye works to develop a fleet of airships that could be parked for long periods of time about 65,000 feet (19,812 meters) in the air. Once in the sky, the blimp-like airships would monitor crop conditions, climate change, and human trafficking. The aircraft also may improve communication connections between drones, aircraft, satellites, and expand broadband.

The airships are controlled by pilots on the ground who move them as weather and the Earth’s atmosphere changes.
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Re: Satellite News
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2020, 06:55:12 PM »
Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests

A unique satellite dataset on the world's tropical forests is now available for all to see and use.

It's a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly.

Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis - for free.

The Norwegian government is funding the project through its International Climate and Forests Initiative (NICFI).


"There are many parts of the world where high-resolution images simply aren't available, or where they are available - the NGOs, communities, and academia in those countries can't afford them because they're quite expensive.

"So, we've decided to foot the bill for the world, basically," he told BBC News.

The NICFI has awarded a $44m (£33m) contract to Earth-observation specialists Airbus, Planet and Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) for access to their pictures and expertise.

European aerospace giant Airbus is opening up its Spot image archive going back to 2002.

US-based Planet operates the single biggest constellation of imaging satellites in orbit today. The San Francisco firm acquires a complete picture of the Earth's land surface daily (cloud permitting), and it will provide the bulk of the data for the monthly map going forward.

KSAT will tie the information together and provide the technical support for users.

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