South Dakota Adds a New Target for EROS Satellite Operations

Space exploration is growing by the day. According to a recent report, the exploration growth will reach the South Dakota region. According to rising news, the people based in South Dakota will soon be the next beneficiaries of a plan to establish new space launch stations. The country is scheduled to have a space station launchpad that will go down in history as the first since its independence. This new entry gives the federal government capability to position itself as a significant party in space exploration that is planned to come to Sioux Falls, the federal government’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Centre, also known in short form as EROS, near Sioux Falls.

The space team stationed at the EROS has objectives to continue collecting satellite data since its launch of activities in 1972. However, reports show that the facility’s launch was not initially stationed to monitor a satellite’s motions until now. Further speculations relate that the plant has a scheduled renovation plan set in September, which plans to upgrade one of the program’s two existing satellites. Furthermore, NASA intends to deploy the extensive set of a new observational satellite designed by Landsat as a backup of operations for its center based at EROS.

This development means the space launch center will take full responsibility if it encounters a need for significant emergency or repairs at the main operating center based in Maryland. Furthermore, reports show that currently based operations confirm EROS is adequately prepared to assume maintenance duty for the Satellite at the Goddard Space Flight Centre. To cater for the preparation, EROs scheduled occasional training sessions to help them take control of future missions.  Brain Sauer, Landsat Research and production manager of EROS, relays that the development is a significant and cool achievement for EROS because it will enable the company to be able to manage its planned satellite launch and help carry out the flight operations for the first time.

Additional information shows that the already established Maryland Landsat center is in the same situation as the backup launch center. Brain Sauer states that this provides further insight to move the backup center farther down in South Dakota. While the company relates this as a significant development in satellite monitoring and an expansion in its operations, concerns come from the possibility of an excess of land-based launch centers.

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