satellites


GIS Data

Gossamer deorbit sail. Source: University of Surrey

Creating a Sustainable Space Environment Using Satellite Sails

Scientists within the European Space Agency are taking the first steps towards creating a sustainable space environment by developing and testing innovate satellite technology. This technology comes in the form of a gossamer sail produced by the University of Surrey’s Space Center.

Spatial Analysis

A constellation of three satellites form the Swarm Earth Explorer mission. Swarm will identify and measure the magnetic signals that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere – all of which create the magnetic field that protects our planet. This information will provide insight into processes occurring deep inside the planet and yield a better understanding of the near-Earth electromagnetic environment and the impact solar wind has on Earth. Credits: ESA/AOES MedialabA constellation of three satellites form the Swarm Earth Explorer mission. Swarm will identify and measure the magnetic signals that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere – all of which create the magnetic field that protects our planet. This information will provide insight into processes occurring deep inside the planet and yield a better understanding of the near-Earth electromagnetic environment and the impact solar wind has on Earth. Credits: ESA/AOES Medialab.

Understanding the Earth’s Gravity with ESA’s Swarm Satellites

The European Space Agency will be launching three satellites next year with the objective of studying the earth’s gravity.