In these times of intensified European integration and co-operation, the role of EARSC is becoming increasingly vital, that is for, the Association maintains close links with key European Institutions, European Space Agency and National Space Agencies, providing a key unified voice on wider European issues. EARSC has the challenge to be a representative association at European level and a lobbying collective voice towards governments and data providers for a coherent and dynamic development of Earth Observation.
The COASTCHART project, led by LogicaCMG, is entirely funded through the Data User Element (DUE) of the European Space Agency??s (ESA) Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP). Once completed, the project will allow for the delineation of 6,000 kilometers of western African coastline, and will also enable standard navigation charts to be updated from space-based observations.
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Ministers from the countries affiliated to the EU and/or the European Space Agency met on 7 June to take stock of progress towards the implementation of a European Space Policy. The policy is set to be approved at the next meeting of ministers in November.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with NASA, United Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Maryland launched One Planet, Many People: Atlas for our Changing Environment - a publication that provides visual evidence of environmental change using satellite images, graphisc and text. The focus is on the status and trends over several decades, both in physical and human geography. The volume presents visual evidence of global environmental changes resulting from natural processes and human-induced activities. www.na.unep.net
SPOT Image appointed Terra Image USA as its master distributor for SPOT satellite imagery products and services. While Terra Image USA is already SPOT's exclusive partner for the U.S. civilian government markets since July 2004, its expanding role will include market developments and sales to the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers.
The second European ?¨Space Council?Æ was held in Luxembourg. Ministers from the European Union (EU) and/or Space Agency (ESA) Member States encouraged the Commission to complete its proposal for a European space policy and programme due to be approved at a third Space Council meeting planned for the end of November 2005. For the first time, there has been a consensus of 29 European countries on a new European approach in the space sector. The roles of the different actors have been clarified, leading to a better use of existing resources. The Commission has proposed uniting resources in Europe with the objective of making the EU a key player in the space sector. Info extracted from EU
BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) and National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) will sign seven contracts soon, said a GIU official Thursday. The cooperation between China and European Union (EU) on satellite navigation is "crucially important" and expected to have a very successful future, said executive director Rainer Grohe in press release about the NRSCC officials' meeting. Info extracted from News-Xinhuanet
i-newswire.com. The newly ratified agreement lays the groundwork for ongoing cooperation on projects and activities in which Canada and Italy have a common interest. In particular, it will enable joint programs for Earth observation to be set up, and encourage participation by the space agencies, private companies, and universities of the two countries.
The second meeting of the Space Council ?± concomitant meeting of the ESA Council at ministerial level and of the European Union Competitiveness Council (Internal Market/Industry/Research) ?± was held at the Kiem Conference Centre in Luxembourg today. In consultation with private and public stakeholders, the Space Council is working on the definition of a coherent space policy and associated programmes, covering the activities of the EU, ESA and their Member States. The objective is to endorse, at the third Space Council meeting planned for November this year, a European space policy and European space programme for the period to 2013. Info extracted from ESA
PR29-2005- 7 June 2005
Canadian space companies and their industry partners from Finland have been selected to develop four remote-sensing projects through a unique international partnership that will promote the commercial potential of satellite products and services for both Canada and Finland. Source at newswire
"Building the European Research Area of knowledge for growth?Æ. This central theme is inspired directly by the stated desire to make the ?´Lisbon Strategy?? a success and to set out the ?¨growth triangle?Æ formed by research, education and innovation policy. The Commission??s proposal to establish the Seventh Framework Programme has been before the Council and European Parliament for examination since the beginning of April 2005.
For the first time the document reveals the likely components of the policy, namely: a strategy outlining objectives; a definition of the roles and responsibilities of the main actors; a European Space Programme identifying the priorities of the main actors; and a set of implementing principles. Info extracted at CORDIS
Vexcel Corporation, a world leader in remote sensing technologies and services, announced today that it recently acquired the assets of Synoptics, a Netherlands-based remote sensing company and provider of satellite-based geo information and geographical information systems (GIS).
The paper responds to the desire of EU and ESA Member States in the ?´Space Council?? to:
The European Commission has now outlined the first elements for a European Space Policy, which is expected to be devised and approved before the end of 2005. Today??s communication (COM(2005)208 final identifies the roles and responsibilities in space policy of the EU, Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other stakeholders and the relevant funding sources and instruments. The Commission also specifies priorities, funding principles and an approach to developing a broad industry policy for Europe as a whole. Info resource European Commission