On 21 and 22 March, the Strategic Implementation Team (SIT) of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) will be holding its 18th meeting at ESA??s ESRIN in Frascati.(Credits ESA
German Radar Satellite will Deliver New-Quality Radar Data
On 20 March 2006, in front of an audience attending a European Parliament Joint Public Hearing on ?¨Natural Disasters ?± How should Europe respond??Æ, Jacqueline McGlade, the Executive Director of the European Environmental Agency called for a comprehensive, integrated and sustained infrastructure for observation and early warning to apprehend natural disasters. She also warned on long term gaps if financial mechanisms are not quickly put in place to build and implement satellites and in-situ observing systems.
The European Commission is to boost resources devoted the development of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. In a decision taken on 8 March 2006, the Commission has established a new focal point for its GMES-related activities. (Credits Europa
eoVox is an opportunity for all companies to voice their viewpoint on the future of the European and Canadian EO service industry. (Credits eoVox
Atlantic Europe Conference on Remote Imaging and Spectroscopy 11-12 September 2006, Preston, United Kingom
GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information technology company, announces that phase 2 of the AQUIFER project is close to completion. AQUIFER focuses on the development and demonstration of Earth observation based products and services for supporting national authorities and international institutions in the management of two prominent, internationally shared ground water resources, aquifers in Africa, the SASS and Iullemeden. (Credits GAF AG
Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) - also referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility - is now at the heart of business practices. (Credits ESA
The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently concluded an in-depth survey of the European and Canadian EO service industry. Some 75 small Value-Adding Companies (VACs) participated in the survey to produce the most detailed picture to date on the state and health of this industry sector. One of the results that emerge is that the industry is facing a number of challenges concerning its structure/scale, its service offerings and its industrial presence (see www.eomd.esa.int).
The eoVox initiative
EADS Astrium has signed a contract with the Algerian National Space Technology Centre (CNTS) for the development of the ALSAT-2 system, which consists of two optical observation satellites. ALSAT-2 is the first Earth observation satellite system from the AstroSat100 family to be built using the Myriade platform. (01-Feb-06, Credits EADS
Antoine de Chassy has been named the new president of SPOT Image Corporation. De Chassy served the last 3 years as Vice President for Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of SPOT Image, S.A. in Toulouse, France, a position in which he oversaw SPOT??s network of global subsidiaries and offices. Prior to joining SPOT, De Chassy served as president of Fleximage, S.A., a value-added firm specializing in image-based solutions for defense and intelligence. De Chassy replaces Neal Carney who will depart March 1, 2006. (Credits Spatialnews)
In the year 2001, ships consumed 280 million metric tonnes [310 million short tons] of fuel, compared to only 64.5 million tonnes [71.1 million short tons] in 1950. (Credits at eurekalert
SPOT Image Corporation has been awarded a contract by the US Geological Survey (USGS) for the purchase of satellite imagery products and services. The SPOT satellite constellation collects imagery ranging from 2.5m to 20m, from any location on Earth. SPOT imagery applications include map updating, creation of 3D terrain models, land-use and environmental analyses, and disaster response. (Credits Spatial news)
ALOS, Japan's latest Earth Observation satellite, was successfully launched at 02:33 CET (10:33 Japan time) on 24 January. Environmental data and imagery from ALOS will be provided to European and African users through a cooperative agreement between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). (Credits ESA