ESS Weathertech are pleased to announce our involvement with the recent launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.
The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) on board the rocket, which was partly developed by Melbourne researchers, is a camera that will produce high resolution images that will encourage a variety of applications including: monitoring and analysis of the Great Barrier Reef, agricultural planning, and also for emergency services such as firefighting.
Our Chief Engineer at ESS, Gary Quinn, is part of the DLR - LaTrobe collaboration that includes developing the control systems for the DESIS camera, and also building a groundstation to receive data from high resolution DLR satellites, TET and BIROS, which are specially designed for fire monitoring
DESIS will find its home on the International Space Station (ISS) after the rocket launch on Friday 29th of June, 2018 (AEST) before we can start receiving any imagery in Melbourne. This exciting, new, global asset is a step towards Victoria’s involvement with space technology and further proposals that are yet to come.
To read more about the launch and the people behind its development, please visit this article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-30/la-trobe-space-camera-launch-rocket-bushfires-great-barrier-reef/9927426