Vexcel Corporation, working on remote sensing ground systems products and services, has announced the installation of its Envisat/ASAR processing system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a U.S. Department of Energy entity operated by the University of California. LLNL is one of the world’s premier scientific centers, where science and engineering is used to break new ground in areas of national importance that include energy, biomedicine, and environmental science. Its Earth Sciences division uses synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data to conduct research, addressing challenges in national security, environmental remediation, energy supply, civic infrastructure, and industry.
With the ERS1 satellite shut down and ERS2 nearing the end of its expected life span, Vexcel is seeing an increase in demand for its Envisat processing systems from customers that include scientific research centers such as LLNL, as well as commercial downlink facilities and government agencies. LLNL is adding Envisat support to continue and advance its research for applications that include homeland security and other national security missions such as the GNEM program, established to develop and improve seismic techniques to monitor underground nuclear explosions.