Hydrosat, a geospatial data and analytics startup, raised $10 million in seed funding for a satellite constellation to produce thermal infrared maps.
Much of the critical data used to track climate change and its impact on Earth is collected by satellites in space. But all that data needs to be better analyzed in order to better cope with the climate crisis, said Ellen Stofan, undersecretary for science and research at the Smithsonian Institution.
Phil Evans, who became director general of Eumetsat in January, speaks with SpaceNews about how the intergovernmental organization is reassessing the traditional playbook for a new weather-tracking era.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directed the Pentagon to develop plans to prepare for the impact of climate change. The guidance could shape investments in satellites for weather monitoring.
NASA awarded Planet a $6.7 million contract to provide Earth imagery for climate research.
Last month's budget proposal included terminating four planned or operational missions designed at least in part to collect climate-related data.
The former NASA administrator said the Trump administration "seems to be curtailing the availability of valuable data to decision makers."
Wilbur Ross wrote that he will "continue to research, monitor, and report climate information to the public."
At a time when NASA earth scientists are concerned their research may be scuttled by the incoming Trump administration, the space agency’s top science official is preaching pragmatism and unity.
The Merlin satellite, six years behind schedule and expected to cost 250 million euros, is slated to launch in 2020 on a European rocket.