SpaceX Rocket Carries New Cubed Satellites That Will Hunt ‘Dark Ships’

By Kyle Stock (Bloomberg) -- If all goes as planned with the scheduled SpaceX launch Sunday, a startup called HawkEye 360 will have a trio of satellites resembling toaster ovens circling the globe, scanning for pirate radio. The Washington-area company is one of 35 paying customers strapped to the top of the Falcon 9 rocket, a crowd of cosmic enterprises boldly pushing the … [Read more...]

NOAA’s Most-Advanced Weather Satellite Ever Now Officially Operational

The U.S. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's next-generation geostationary weather satellite known as GOES-16 is now officially operational after moving into its new GOES-East position, where it will observe weather and provide critical data to forecasters from more than 22,000 miles above the earth's atmosphere. Since its launch in November 2016, the … [Read more...]

Satellites Reshaping How Traders Track Earthly Commodities

By Aaron Clark and Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg) -- A lump of coal is scooped onto a truck bed in Australia, driven to a port, loaded on a ship, piloted across the ocean to a dock in China, piled into a train car and delivered to a power plant. And it would all happen under the watchful eyes of coal traders, if a fleet of new satellite tracking firms can deliver on … [Read more...]

MHI selected by Inmarsat to launch its first Inmarsat-6 satellite

Inmarsat (LON: ISAT), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communication services, has today announced that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has been selected as the launch provider for the first satellite in the Inmarsat-6 fleet (Inmarsat-6 F1). The value of the contract has not been disclosed.  The satellite, which is under construction by … [Read more...]

Are Ship Weather Observations Still Valuable In The Era Of Satellites?

by: Horst von Bargen (Deutscher Wetterdienst) Meteorological satellites (geostationary at an altitude of about 36.000 km and sun-synchronous at a height of about 850 km) provide images and data in many spectral ranges. Their advantage is the generation of region-wide measurements. They allow us to receive information also from areas where there are no weather … [Read more...]