Tracking Ocean Plastic Pollution using Satellite Technology
The European Space Agency is manufacturing satellites that identify discarded plastics such as water bottles, fishing nets, and grocery bags, all the while monitoring the concentration, movement, and origin of plastic debris across the world’s oceans. Until the development of such satellites, most of this debris has previously been found using alternative methods, such as towing underwater cameras that locate and take images of debris found deeper underwater, and even going as far as to swim through the debris. Scientists are working on Earth observation satellites that will track plastic debris in the ocean from space by searching for the plastic’s reflected light signature in the water.
A mid-action shot from the Skylark Micro launch last Sunday in the Langanes Peninsula in Iceland! It took 37.9 seconds for the first stage to reach an altitude of 5150 metres and a successful separation and ignition of the second stage to occur. 🚀🇮🇸 #Liftoff #SkylarkMicro https://t.co/eACIdZHKfE
Recovery Mission update: the Skyrora recovery team have been working hard all week with the Langanes Search and Rescue crew to try and locate the Sustainer and Booster stages of the Skylark Micro vehicle with the use of drone devices, rescue boats and coastline searches. https://t.co/CuU54psZQT
This week, we are grateful to be celebrating the major success of the Skylark Micro Mission I launch as part of our de-risking programme. The two-stage suborbital rocket reached a height of 26.86km with the recovery mission still ongoing. Read more here: https://t.co/yd4kk6UfXi https://t.co/9i0IEIYaNO