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Earth science is evolving into Earth system science, changing from a discipline-specific premise to an interdisciplinary endeavor. Increased awareness of human dependence and impact upon the environment has made global change research one of the most pressing policy issues facing decision makers today. This book presents an overview of past, present, and future satellite missions and programs and their sensor complements. An effort has been made to show to some extent the scale and nature of existingnational and international activities and operations in this context. Text and illustrations are intended as a guide and roadmap to everyone interested in the wide field of Earth observation. In particular, the book may serve as a reference, or give reasonable inputs, on the following subjects: Programmatic planning on all levels, planning for the required infrastructure, exisiting and planned operational service provision, data utilization and exploitation.




The following listing represents a survey and a short description of ’Earth Observing Missions’ in alphabetical order. The listing in Part A considers completed—, operational— as well as planned missions on an international scale (Earth observations from space know no national boundaries). A look into past activities is important for reasons of heritage, context and of perspective. The document is intended for all who want to keep track of missions and sensors in the fast —growing field of Earth observations. There cannot be any claim to completeness, although a considerable effort was made to collect and integrate all known missions and sensors into this book.
Herbert J. Kramer

Part A. Survey of Missions and Sensors

ADEOS = Advanced Earth Observing Satellite. Japanese (NASDA) satellite mission.2 Objective: Global observation of land, ocean and atmospheric processes (ocean color and sea surface temperature). In addition, communication experiments are planned for the study (feasibility) of “Inter Orbit Links”. Planned Launch (with H—II rocket): 19963 (3 year mission). Note: the previous launch date was 1995.
Herbert J. Kramer

Part B. Reference Data and Missions Survey Charts

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Herbert J. Kramer


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