Technicians of the Untied Stats Space Agency (NASA) are preparing a new type of satellite for launch in late July.
Technicians of the Untied Stats Space Agency (NASA) are preparing a new type of satellite for launch in late July. The satellite is the first designed specifically to survey and help manage the Earth's dwindling resources.
The Earth Resources Technology Satellite -- called ERTS for short -- is ten-feet tall and weighs almost a ton. It contains a large number of cameras and other detecting equipment designed to take inventory of such items as mineral deposits, ocean currents, crops, and other areas that are critical to the Earth's environment.
The satellite will operate from a height of five-hundred and sixty-four miles (908 km) above the Earth's surface, and will circle the globe thirteen times a day. Official film of the project is supplied by N.A.S.A.
SYNOPSIS: This satellite is being prepared by the Untied States Space Agency for launch at the end of July. It is ten-feet tall and weighs almost a ton (907 kg.), and with its variety of cameras and sensors it will take inventory and chart the Earth's resources.
The spacecraft -- known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite -- will detect water pollution, monitor air quality and permit the forecast of potential flood conditions.
The satellite will be able to spot diseased crops and provide timber inventories.
It will ascertain land-use patterns, locate underwater navigation hazards and chart changes in ocean currents.
The Earth Resources Technology Satellite will soon be launched into a five-hundred and sixty-four mile-high orbit. Circling the globe fourteen times daily, the cameras and sensors on board the craft will record over-lapping images of large section of the Earth.