Satellites will monitor the atmosphere, water, surface, and interior of the planet.
Fremont, CA: GeoOptics, a leader in Earth remote sensing, announced a substantial upgrade to its CICERO constellation of satellites, which measures our changing globe. CICERO-2 will build a unified Earth observatory, allowing governments, industry, and individual stakeholders to monitor and prepare for the myriad repercussions of climate change, with launches beginning next year.
"In today's environment, in which precision Earth sensing is becoming ever more critical, GeoOptics is deploying a flexible observatory made up of dozens of small satellites. The real time services will satisfy a broad range of needs for government and civil users around the world," said Alex Saltman, Chief Executive Officer of GeoOptics.
These improvements will help GeoOptic's strategic partner Climavision, a breakthrough weather data supplier, handle enormous risks at a time of global transition."With these new developments in remote sensing technologies from GeoOptics, we'll be able to further enhance our climate and weather prediction capabilities," said Chris Goode, CEO, and Co-Founder of Climavision. "Through the combination of advanced RO profiles, GNSS-R data about surface conditions and our proprietary gap-filling radar network data, we'll help customers in weather sensitive industries see weather like never before and give them the tools and data to make informed critical decisions."
GeoOptics plans to expand the system's capabilities in the future, including exact mapping of Earth's gravitational field, designated as a high NASA Earth scientific priority for the next ten years. Its statistic depicts the impact of climate-related water flow and other significant changes on the planet.In addition, GeoOptics has designed a new system architecture for daily gravity mapping with clusters of small satellites, thanks to internal investment and approximately 4 million dollars from NASA. This unique methodology promises to increase gravity sensing 20-fold over current methods at a tenth of the cost.
GeoOptics is also developing a radar instrument using patented multi-satellite radar techniques to study ocean vector winds, topography, soil moisture, and other surface variables under the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). In addition, the NOPP is looking to fund a trial flight of GeoOptics' Cellular Ocean Altimetry/Scatterometry Technology (COAST) within the next few years.
Tom Yunck, GeoOptics' Chief Technology Officer, said, "These advanced remote sensing applications – from basic RO to advanced radar and gravity mapping – exploit shared micro technologies that fit in the palm of one's hand. Each new function builds naturally upon the previous, yielding prodigious observing capacity in a low-cost system of great simplicity and reliability."
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