December 06, 2015

"PlanetiQ has signed a contract with Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), for the launch of PlanetiQ's first two weather satellites on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the fourth quarter of 2016."

PR Newswire Ten more satellites are planned for launch in 2017 to complete an initial set of 12 satellites that will dramatically improve global weather forecasting, climate monitoring and space weather prediction, and enable advanced analytics for numerous industries worldwide. by Dan Stillman via PlanetiQ

'The ISRO's PSLV is among the world's most reliable launch vehicles with 30 consecutive successful flights. The PSLV has launched 51 satellites for international customers from 20 countries, in addition to 33 Indian national satellites.

'"The stellar track record of the PSLV combined with our seven-year satellite design life provides the reliability and data continuity not just desired, but required by the operational weather forecast community," said Chris McCormick, Chairman and CEO of PlanetiQ. "Within days after launch, we will validate and start delivering high-quality data and services to our customers."

'Each of PlanetiQ's 10-kilogram microsatellites will fly PlanetiQ's Pyxis-RO™ sensor, the most advanced satellite weather sensor in such a small package that can penetrate through clouds and storms down to the Earth's surface. Pyxis-RO uses a technique called radio occultation to track the bending of GPS and other signals as they travel through Earth's atmosphere, and then converts the bending angle into high-precision measurements of global temperature, pressure and water vapor in the atmosphere, and electron density in the ionosphere.'

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