The Global System for Observing and Sensing Communications, the umbrella group of satellite observatories, announced Wednesday it has launched its first satellite.
The S5 satellite will be tasked with monitoring the health of the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.
The first constellation of S5 satellites will be launched on Sept. 1.
(The Globe And Post ) The Globe and Post has learned that a consortium of Canada’s satellite observatory providers, led by Space Weather Services, is developing the first constellation to be launched by Canada’s Space Agency.
The constellation is part of a constellation of approximately 50 satellites, which will be deployed across the globe, including at the poles, as part of the constellation’s Global System of Observing-Sensing Communications.
In total, the constellation will comprise approximately 6,000 satellites.
The new satellites will measure the Earth’s rotation and tilt in relation to the Earth.
The satellites will also measure the height and position of the Earth as well as the Sun, moon and other celestial bodies.
This is a “very important milestone,” says Rob Wainwright, CEO of Space Weather Service, which is a partner with S5.
The group will also provide the satellite-monitoring data for the Canada-France-India-Singapore-Australia-Japan-South Korea-China-India joint mission.
The Canadian Space Agency is the country’s satellite-observing agency.
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A joint mission will use four satellites from the group, each capable of observing more than 400 satellites at once.
The fourth satellite will also be used to provide a continuous data stream.
The project was initiated by Canada in 2005 and is being supported by a $1.2-billion Canadian Space and Science Foundation (CSF) grant.
The consortium, which includes Space Weather, has already established partnerships with France and South Korea.
The mission is to measure the global ozone layer, which shields the planet from harmful UV radiation.
It will also help scientists better understand how climate change is affecting weather systems and the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the Earth and its atmosphere.
The data will also assist in the monitoring of water quality, ocean health and ocean acidification.
In a statement, S5 said it is “deeply proud” to be joining the Canadian Space Commission.
“It’s a milestone for Canada’s space program, one of the most ambitious in the world,” says S5 co-founder and CEO Mike Wainwrights.
“We’re proud to have such a high profile partner in Canada and to help our international partners achieve their space objectives.”
The first S5 constellation, called S5-1, will be in orbit around the Earth by early 2021.
It’s the first of the new constellation.
S5 launched a satellite in April 2018.
In the same month, Canada’s National Research Council awarded a contract for $9,895,000 to Space Weather to build and operate the constellation.
In December, S6, the next constellation, launched by S5, was launched in November 2020.
The final constellation is expected to be in service in 2024.
Wainwykes says the constellation is a very important milestone.
“The science of climate change, ocean acidifying, ocean ecology, is something that the world will need to monitor very closely for the next 20 to 30 years.
It also has an impact on the health and safety of our oceans and our land, which are critical for the livelihoods of Canadians,” he says.
“I’m very proud that the space agencies in Canada, in the United States and around the world have committed to this.”
The Canada’s CSF awarded S5 a $3.6-billion, five-year contract in June 2018 to help support its work in the constellation and the development of its Global System For Observing & Sensing Communication.
“By partnering with Space Weather and their team, we’re hoping to deliver the first global constellation for science and to make a very tangible difference in the lives of Canadians and their communities,” says Wainws.