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May 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – REMOTE SENSING

ISRO and NASA Sign MOU on Chandrayaan-1


The Indian Space Research Organization and National Aeronautics and Space Administration of USA have signed an MOU on inclusion of two US scientifi c instruments on board India’s first mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-1. These instruments are – Mini Synthetic Aperture Radar (Mini SAR) developed by Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), jointly built by Brown University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA.

GeoEye to supply European Commission with OrbView-3

GeoEye has announced its partner European Space Imaging (EUSI) received an additional contract from the European Commission to supply OrbView-3 highresolution map-accurate imagery. The contract was awarded in first week of April and is valued at $2.15 million (EUR 1.8 million) over the next four years. The imagery will be collected by the company’s OrbView-3 high-resolution earthimaging satellite.

COSMIC will track hurricanes with six satellites

A globe-spanning constellation of six satellites expected to improve weather forecasts, monitor climate change, and enhance space weather research headed into orbit on April 14, 2006, from Vandenberg Air Force
Base on the central Calif. coast. The low-orbiting satellites will be the first to provide atmospheric data daily in real time over thousands of points on Earth for both research and operational weather forecasting. The satellites will measure the bending of radio signals from the US GPS as the signals pass through Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA and partners to start ocean surface topography mission

NASA has signed an agreement with other US and international agencies to launch the Ocean Surface Topography Mission in 2008. The satellite, named Jason-2, will increase our understanding of ocean circulation and improve climate forecasts and measurements of global sea-level change. The 3- to 5-year mission will extend the ocean topography measurements collected since 1992, first by TOPEX/Poseidon and now by Jason. NASA is cooperating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) on this mission.

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