Satellite technologies help us understand our changing world
As our planet goes through unprecedented changes, understanding and predicting them has never been more important.
To do this, it is essential to view the Earth from a different perspective.
In February 1986 Airbus Defence and Space launched Spot-1, its first Earth observation satellite.
Since then, Airbus has worked closely with the European Space Agency, the European Commission and EUMETSAT to successfully build and launch over 50 unique satellites. Once operational, they conduct vital work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
From polar orbit, these satellites have helped us understand the systems that impact lives here on Earth...
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Airbus satellites are used for a variety of missions, from earth observation to satellite communication… even sea rescue.
On 13 March 2017, Somali pirates hijacked the ARIS 13 oil tanker and its eight crew members. Once on board, the pirates cut off all communication and positioning equipment.
The Pléiades satellite was used to relocate the vessel, by using its last known position and programming the satellite to nearby ports. Within just a few days, the satellite had captured an image of the vessel. Experts identified it by its length, width and shape and its crew were safely released.
The SPOTsatellites were launched to deliver basic, rapid, high quality imagery.
Mackenzie River, Canada, from SPOT-5.
The Sentinel-1 radarsatellites track the movement of the Earth by measuring changes to its gravitational field.
Kumamoto earthquake, interferogram of surface deformation.