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Tiny Proba-V Satellite Will Track Global Vegetation Levels
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 5, 2010 @ 3:40 pm In green technology | No Comments
Ever wonder what the shift to a global agricultural system has done to vegetation levels? The European Space Agency plans to find out with Proba-V, a laboratory table-sized microsatellite  that can provide an overview of the planet’s vegetation growth on a daily basis.
Proba-V isn’t the first vegetation -monitoring satellite launched by the ESA, but it is the smallest. That’s because engineers have managed to shrink the standard vegetation satellite  by a factor of ten–all by combining three separate telescopes and exchanging glass lenses for aluminum mirrors.
The satellite is expected to go into orbit by mid-2012, at which point we’ll find out just how powerful a satellite that fits in a living room can be.
Via PhysOrg 
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