Venµs mission status, 5 months after launch

Hereafter some news on the status of the Venµs mission.

Venµs was successfully launched from the Kourou space port on August 1st by a VEGA launcher:

 

https://vega.cnes.fr/en/live-vega-launch-venus-august-first-2017

 

First images were acquired by mid-August (see below for examples). The commissioning phase is still running. This phase consists in checking the whole system, including the satellite, the camera, the download of the images and data to the Kiruna receiving station, the ground processing chains, as well as the geometric and radiometric calibrations. All these components are in a good health and working well. However, given the very demanding requirements in terms of multitemporal registration, more work than anticipated is needed to fine tune the AOCS (Attitude and Orbital Control Subsystem) and the processing algorithms. In addition, the first part of the in-flight demonstration of the electric engine developed by RAFAEL (called IHET) will take place from mid-december to mid-january.

 

For these reasons, CNES and ISA plan to resume the systematic acquisitions of the scientific sites early 2018. Preparing the reference images for every site and checking the quality of time series will also take some weeks. We anticipate delivering the Level 1 (top of the atmosphere reflectances, orthorectified) products by april 2018, but all the data acquired from the beginning of systematic acquisitions will be processed and made available on the Theia web site:

http://www.theia-land.fr/en/products/venus

 

Level 2 data (top of the canopy reflectances) might be available slightly later since the method we use requires a time series of data.

You will find some examples of images following the links below :

 

https://presse.cnes.fr/en/france-israel-space-cooperation-venus-vegetation-monitoring-satellite-sends-back-first-images

and here:

 

http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=11215

http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=11096

http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=11344

 

The Moon is also acquired for calibration monitoring purposes:

http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=11344

 

We thank you for your patience. We are doing our best to provide you with quality products.

Happy New Year to you all

The Delta of the Ebro seen by Venμs

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The Delta of Ebro

Delta of the Ebro observed by Venμs on August 18, 2017 (Copyright CNES 2017)

The Ebro (Iberus in Latin) flows into the Mediterranean in Catalonia after a journey of more than 900 km from its source in Cantabria. The current morphology of the Delta results from the significant increase in sediment inputs caused in the 15th century by the intensive deforestation of the river catchment: the conquest of the Americas required the construction of boats. It was at this time that the land emerged over the sea, making the delta this wide plain of which only 10% of the land culminates at more than 2 meters. The construction since 1930 of 187 upstream dams reduces the sediment flow (from 28 Mt / year to about 0.1 Mt / year), which partly explains the erosion currently observed in some parts of the delta.

 

80% of the area of ​​the delta is devoted to crops, mostly rice producing one-third of the country's production. The rest, protected by the Natural Park, consists of lagoons, reed and rush beds,  brackish marshes and sandbanks.

 

The Delta de l'Ebre is included in one of the sites that will be observed by Venμs every two days for two and a half years. It is part of ClimaDat, a long-term climate research network. Different issues will be adressed: land use, phenology, greenhouse gas fluxes (CO2, CH4, N2O), vegetation productivity, role of saline inputs.

 

Complement: the evolution of the Ebro delta from the 4th century:

http://geographyfieldwork.com/EbroEvolution.htm

 

 

Le Delta de l'Ebre vu par Venµs

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Delta de l'Ebre

Delta de l'Ebre observé par Venµs le 18 août 2017 (Copyright CNES 2017)

L’Ebre (Iberus en latin) se jette dans la Méditerranée en Catalogne après un parcours de plus de 900 km depuis sa source en Cantabrie. La morphologie actuelle du Delta résulte de l'augmentation significative des apports de sédiments provoquée au XVe siècle par le déboisement intensif du bassin versant du fleuve : la conquête des Amériques nécessitait la construction de bateaux. C'est à cette époque que les terres émergées ont gagné sur la mer, faisant du delta cette large plaine dont seulement 10 % des terres culminent à plus de 2 mètres. La construction depuis 1930 de 187 barrages en amont réduit le flux de sédiments (de 28 Mt/an à 0,1 Mt/an environ), ce qui explique en partie l’érosion actuellement observée dans certaines parties du delta.

 

80 % de la superficie du delta sont consacrés aux cultures, en majorité de la riziculture qui produit le tiers de la production du pays. Le reste, protégé par le Parc naturel, est constitué de lagunes, roselières, jonchères, marais saumâtres et bancs de sable.

 

Le Delta de l’Ebre est inclus dans l’un des sites qui sera observé par Venµs tous les deux jours durant deux ans et demi. Il fait partie du réseau ClimaDat, un réseau de recherche à long terme sur le climat. Différents thèmes seront abordés : occupation du sol, phénologie, flux de gaz à effet de serre (CO2, CH4, N2O), productivité de la végétation, rôle des entrées salines.

 

Complément : l'évolution du delta de l'Ebre depuis le 4ème siècle :

http://geographyfieldwork.com/EbroEvolution.htm