O'Connell at Von Braun 2018
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GPS radio occultation
The first wind data from ESA’s Aeolus satellite released Sept. 12 shows three quarters of one orbit. The image shows large-scale easterly and westerly winds between Earth’s surface and the lower stratosphere, including jet streams. As the satellite orbits from the Arctic towards the Antarctic, it senses, for example, strong westerly wind streams at mid latitudes (shown in blue). Closer to Antarctic, Aeolus senses strong westerly winds circling the Antarctic continent in the troposphere and stratosphere (shown in blue left of Antarctica and in red right of Antarctica.) Credit: ESA
“We are looking more specifically at the type of technology rather than resolution.”
— Tahara Dawkins, NOAA’s commercial remote sensing regulatory affairs director
WFIRST
NOAA JPSS-1
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GPS radio occultation
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SpaceX webcast Iridium March 30
SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-5
Orbital ATK JPSS
Orbital ATK JPSS
One of Spire’s three-unit cubesats undergoes testing at the San Francisco-based company’s lab. (Credit: Spire)
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