Instrument failure mars Earth images

September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p17
The article announces that Europe's pioneering Earth observation satellite, ERS-1, will be producing its first images for customers by December 1991. Guy Duchossois, the European Space Agency's mission manager for ERS- I, said that everything aboard the satellite, which was launched on July 17, 2001 is functioning properly except a German-built instrument call PRARE, which pinpoints the satellite's position to an accuracy of 20 centimetres. Efforts are underway to correct the instrument. The article also presents an image taken with the satellite's synthetic aperture radar, which shows the Isle of Islay, the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran in Scotland, with Northern Ireland.


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