Mission will validate miniaturized low earth orbit microwave sounder operation from an advanced nanosatellite bus
Oxfordshire, England, December 3, 2018 – Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and weather intelligence analytics, has announced it is partnering with NanoAvionics, an innovation leader in nanosatellite bus and flight-proven subsystem technologies, to conduct a rideshare mission to fly one of OMS’s miniaturized passive microwave sensors. The mission will utilize the NanoAvionics M6P 6U satellite bus.
“OMS is delighted to work with an industry leader such as NanoAvionics in deploying an additional passive microwave sounder,” said William Hosack, chief executive officer for OMS. “The M6P is quickly becoming the gold standard for flexible bus solutions. It provides a high degree of reliability which enables us to deliver better weather data collection technology. This advanced bus architecture will help us accelerate our activities and enable us to quickly expand into multiple vertical and geographic markets.”
OMS is on track to launch multiple weather observation satellites in 2019. This mission will carry a humidity and precipitation monitoring sensor that will enhance the company’s data collection capabilities. These important atmospheric parameters play a role in decision-making, affecting many industries.
NanoAvionics’ innovations in bus technology include a green propulsion system, reliable avionics and control systems, and multiple transmission options. The M6P bus provides up to 5U of payload capacity which can be segmented for multiple systems or applications with compatible orbital requirements.
“Our goal at NanoAvionics is to provide a highly functional and reliable satellite bus which innovative payload developers such as OMS can utilize to deliver space-based applications quickly and frequently,” said Vytenis Buzas, CEO of NanoAvionics. “Space missions leveraging our services and buses can become much more economical for participants in shared missions through distributed launch costs.”
For more information about Orbital Micro Systems please visit www.orbitalmicro.com. To learn more about NanoAvionics please visit https://www.n-avionics.com
Kolkata, 27th September 2018: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) with support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a part of the Kolkata Environment and Investment Improvement Program (KEIIP) has introduced India’s first comprehensive city-level early flood warning system (FEEWS). The FEEWS was launched in the esteemed presence of Mr. Sovan Chatterjee, Hon’ble Mayor on 27 September at a seminar organized at the Taj Bengal. Hon’ble Mayor said that the FFEWS set up by the civic body set up with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank(ADB) will forecast and at the same time provide real time information on inundation, temperature, air quality, and other climate related data through sensor nodes that will be installed at more than 400 vulnerable points in the city.
The latest release of Delta-T Devices’ DeltaLINK Software (v3.7), in combination with its GP2 Data Logger and relevant sensors, enables the full ASCE/FAO-56 Penman-Monteith equation for calculating reference evapotranspiration (ETo).
This enhancement also applies to the WS-GP2 Weather Station – an advanced research-grade system.
ETo is calculated by the GP2 Data Logger using the available measurements of relative humidity, wind speed, solar radiation, and air temperature. This ET implementation includes the ability to vary crop albedo/LAI, canopy resistances, crop height and sensor heights.
The functionality can be easily accessed by users as a selectable recording option within DeltaLINK. Calculated ET can be recorded as hourly and daily values – and may be used in further bespoke calculations or to guide field irrigation decisions.
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Scottish Power installs Vaisala's Optimus OPT100 DGA Monitor at a number of key sites throughout the UK.
Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has supplied leading British energy provider Scottish Power with a number of its Optimus OPT100 Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) Monitors. The DGA monitors are installed by Elimpus Ltd to provide real-time updates on the transformer condition at key sites.
At a site in Scotland's central belt, the OPT100 will give continuous updates on a 1000MVA auto-transformer, helping to protect it against the effects of solar flares: periods when intense high-energy radiation is emitted from the sun's surface, causing radio and magnetic disturbances on Earth.
When coupled with local geology, solar flares have the potential to affect power transformers' magnetic circuit, leading to inefficient power transmission and significant damage to the transformers. The OPT100 will monitor for the impact of these currents on the asset, allowing Scottish Power to identify changes in transformer health as a consequence of solar flare activity and carry out proactive maintenance if required.
Baron, the worldwide leader in critical weather intelligence, working closely with Baron’s in-country partner Mazzak, a sister company of JMI group announced that the Bangladesh Air force will purchase one additional Baron 350,000-watt C-Band Dual Polarization radars.
This radar is of the Gen 3 series produced by Baron. The radar will be placed on the Air Force bases located in Chittagong. The benefit to having a dual polarization radar is in its ability to it analyze hydrometeor returns in a cross-section, retrieving accurate precipitation measurements. The radar will help expand the Bangladesh Airforce’s network and strengthen Baron’s relationship with Bangladesh and their Airforce.
Boulder, Colorado, September 24, 2018 – Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and weather intelligence analytics, announced the delivery of the first ever commercially owned and operated space-based passive microwave radiometer for atmospheric observation to Clyde Space in Glasgow, Scotland, for satellite integration. Employing proven technology utilized in many larger weather monitoring platforms such as the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System, the innovative OMS radiometer will deliver highly-accurate temperature, humidity, and precipitation data critical for business decisions at a fraction of the cost of heritage government programs.
The mission is part of the In-Orbit Demonstrator (IOD) Program, funded by Innovate UK and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult. OMS is on track to launch six to eight satellites in 2019 to establish its Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) constellation.
Selex ES GmbH, a Leonardo company, has been awarded a turnkey software integration project for the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).
The supply consists of a national centric multi radar data processing center based on Selex’s proprietary application software Rainbow 5. The complete system will be used as a sustainable, scalable, and harmonized radar data processing framework incorporating 21 radars in the first stage, and – at a later stage- more than 60 national radars of different suppliers.
FTS ran a pilot project with its Remote Automated Observation System (RAOS). The FTS RAOS was installed on the Gentry Lookout Tower in the Apache-Sitgreave National Forests in Arizona. FTS wanted to show the importance of having a high power zoom, remote control camera located at a location with good field of view, such as a lookout tower for monitoring and detecting forest fires.
The FTS RAOS was used daily to scan the horizon, typically at the start and end of shift. On March 26, the customer was using the FTS RAOS over his lunch break, and noticed something unusual. After positioning and zooming the camera it was determined that this was smoke potentially from a wildfire.
After three years of development, extensive laboratory and field tests as well as a BETA test round at some of our partners, the time has finally come: The Lufft WS10 is ready to conquer the market!
It is an addition to the Lufft weather sensor family, but stands out completely from its predecessors in terms of price, measuring principles and areas of application. This is already evident in the completely new design: The individual sensors are well protected under a closed housing.
The initially compact device proves to be extremely versatile when looking at the data sheet. The measuring instrument issues 13 parameters with its 10 integrated individual probes. These are air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind direction / speed, amount / intensity / type of precipitation, UV index (divided into 15 levels), sun position, brightness, twilight and global radiation.The built-in compass, an optional universal fixture and the possibility of data transfer via Wi-Fi make installation particularly easy.
The WS10 weather station can be integrated into the Weather Underground platform and thus becomes part of a global weather measurement network. This is done via the free Lufft Config Tool.NET.