Instrument Specific

Specific Instruments


NASA Landsat page


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)

The GOES Project


Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR)

Other Instruments

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) – joint NASA/Japan satellite to measure global tropical rainfall

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) data archive

SPOT (Reston VA server; server in France also available) – Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre (data available for a fee)

AVIRIS (Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer) – optical sensor used for Earth remote sensing flown on a NASA ER-2 airplane

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) – will be used to obtain detailed maps of surface temperature as well as digital elevation maps of surface features (launch in 1998 on EOS AM-1)

SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor), launched in August 1997, measures global ocean bio-optical properties. Images and data are available on line.

RADARSAT – Canadian synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite “to monitor environmental change and to support resource sustainability”

Topex/Poseidon – The Ocean Topography Experiment – US/France cooperative project to develop an advanced satellite system for observing the Earth’s oceans

Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites (MAPS) – measures the global distribution of carbon monoxide (CO) in the free troposphere

Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) – provides for the development and flight test of high-risk, advanced communications satellite technology

Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) – mission to perform active experiments by chemical releases in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, to study the natural space environment and its effects on spacecraft electronics, and to study low altitude irregularities of the ionosphere



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