Partnership for the Advancement of Science, Education, and Engineering in the Context of the Commercial CICERO Earth Observing System
Boulder, CO (Vocus) December 4, 2009
GeoOptics LLC and the University of Colorado at Boulder today announced the formation of a long-term partnership to collaborate on instrument and space system development for Earth remote sensing, integrated with education and research programs in Earth and space science and engineering.
The partnership envisions CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to be a key player in the development, manufacture, test, launch, and operation of GeoOptics’ planned CICERO system of Earth remote sensing satellites, as well as all follow-on or extension satellites. In addition, the partners plan to integrate into the CICERO project and the GeoOptics enterprise frequent and sustained opportunities for scientific research, kindergarten through post-doctoral multi-disciplinary education, and public outreach.
In this “Partnership for the Advancement of Science, Education, and Engineering in the Context of the Commercial CICERO Earth Observing System,” GeoOptics will gain from CU and LASP’s more than 60 years of experience in space sciences and engineering. CU in turn will strengthen its already robust programs in space and Earth science research, engineering, education, and public outreach. As part of the University of Colorado at Boulder, LASP has in residence many of the nation’s top researchers and students in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship.
“LASP believes in this program and supports partnering with GeoOptics because CICERO will provide an operational capability for urgent data needs while at the same time offering frequent opportunities for recurring research, technology advancement, and education,” said Dan Baker, Director of LASP. “I am convinced that this effort could light an exciting new way forward in training the next-generation of Earth scientists and space engineers while delivering key environmental data that our nation needs.”
“We are delighted to have CU-Boulder and LASP as a partner. The research and engineering at CU/LASP is world-class and we look forward to the innovation and discoveries that this partnership will deliver,” comments Tom Yunck, founder and president of GeoOptics. “What’s more, this is exactly what we are trying to accomplish – industry, academia, and end-users working toward common goals.”
GeoOptics LLC is an emerging provider of space-based Earth remote sensing data and services. GeoOptics plans to collect diverse information on the Earth’s atmosphere, ice sheets, and oceans in near real-time starting in 2011 with a constellation of 24 small satellites known as CICERO. Data from CICERO will enhance our understanding of many interrelated environmental processes, and our ability to predict the course of environmental change. Governments and industries around the world will use CICERO data in such diverse areas as agriculture, energy, intelligence, defense, air and marine transportation, resource exploration, insurance and risk management, and emergency preparedness. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.geooptics.com.
LASP research focuses on identifying and addressing key questions in planetary, atmospheric, solar influences, and space sciences – combining expertise in space science, engineering, and spacecraft operations. LASP supports the university’s educational mission by offering technical and scientific training to students as part of ongoing programs.
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