ESA’s Proba-V satellite pinpointed the location of aircraft in flight over the Atlantic approach to western Europe and the UK through their ADS-B signals
ESA’s Proba-V's main mission is to map land cover and vegetation growth
ESA’s Proba-V satellite detected aircraft over the east coast of Australia
ESA’s Proba-V satellite orbits at an altitude of 820 km
When the ESA’s Proba-V was launched on May 7, its main mission was to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire surface of the Earth every two days. But the miniaturized ESA satellite is also casting its gaze higher, to test whether it is possible to track aircraft continuously from space. Proba-V has now shown this is indeed possible, by becoming the first satellite to pick up aircraft tracking signals from space.
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