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10 years of laser communications in space

February 21st, 2018 by

On 21 February 2008, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link.

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Forty years of Meteosat

November 23rd, 2017 by

ESA’s first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world co-operation in meteorology that continues today.

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TerraSARX completes ten years of operations

June 14th, 2017 by

Designed to operate for five years, Airbus’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite TerraSAR-X has achieved ten years of flawless operations in orbit providing high-resolution radar images in all weather conditions 24 hours a day.

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Ten years ago: 1st COSMO-SkyMed satellite launched

June 7th, 2017 by

On 7 June 2007, the first satellite in Italy’s COSMO-SkyMed constellation was successfully launched in California. The Earth observation system was completed in 2010 (four satellites in total).

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GMI instrument completes three years in orbit

April 12th, 2017 by

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI), designed and built by Ball Aerospace for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is entering its fourth year of service.

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Ball Aerospace-built Suomi NPP celebrates 5 years on orbit

October 28th, 2016 by

The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, built by Ball Aerospace, was launched five years ago on 28 October 2011. Since then, Suomi NPP has provided life-saving data to weather forecasters and has given scientists new tools to help monitor the health of our planet.

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