Swedish Space Society (SSC) has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) which will see it provide support for receiving data from the Biomass satellite scheduled for launch at the end of 2023. Biomass is intended to explore and collect important data on the Earth’s forests; it will take stock of the carbon stored on a global scale and monitor the evolution over the 5 years of the mission’s lifetime showing plant growth and deforestation. The Biomass satellite will be launched with a Vega rocket from the ESA station in Kourou, French Guiana.
Biomass is the seventh satellite to be launched as part of ESA’s Earth Explorer programme, a series of research missions dedicated to specific aspects of our Earth environment – atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and from the cryosphere to the Earth’s surface and interior. SSC is also committed to supporting the sixth Earth Explorer mission, the EarthCARE satellite, scheduled for launch earlier in 2023.
“It is an honor to support a new mission under this flagship program of ESA. By combining the coverage of our polar ground stations in Inuvik and Kiruna, called the Kinuvik concept, we are able to support biomass with long-duration data downlink in each orbit, as well as redundancy, both stations being visible in most orbits. Kinuvik is already a popular ground segment solution among EO satellite operators because it guarantees more data in fewer orbits, helping important research such as biomass to move forward as quickly as possible,” said Lars Johansson, Director of the SSC’s EMEA business development, in a statement.