Tag Archives: HyFLEX

Tales from a cherry picker

From Roberto Colombo (University of Milan, Italy), 12 September We’ve just been working out in the Czech Republic to help with the development of a concept for a candidate Earth Explorer mission called FLEX. The HyFLEX field campaign tests the mission’s measurement concept – and some of these measurements have to be taken from a cherry picker over the forest canopy. The cherry picker ‘T148 MP 27’ is a hydraulic work platform truck that was manufactured by Tatra at the beginning of 1970 in Kopøivnice, in what was Ceskoslovenska Republika. It was originally red and white, with three yellow arms. Now scattered with spots of rust, this machine has had a long...

HyFLEX: a new magnifying glass for plant activity

From Dirk Schuettemeyer (ESA) & Uwe Rascher (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Germany, 5 September For the last two weeks we have been following the HYFLEX campaign 2012, which started in an area in western Germany between Bonn, Cologne and Aachen. The aim of the campaign is to use, for the first time, a novel airborne sensor called HyPlant, which was developed by the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and the Finnish company Specim. The campaign will hopefully provide valuable information on the capabilities of a new Earth observation satellite mission concept called FLEX and will help ESA and collaborating scientists in the design of the mission. The HyPlant instrument can be regarded as a camera...