ESA awards GMES contributing Mission contract for satellite images

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to UK company DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) to provide satellite imagery of 38 countries in Europe for 2007. This will be used to monitor Europe’s environment and land use including natural resources such as agriculture and forestry. As a GMES Contributing Mission, the high resolution DMC satellite images will provide a valuable resource for the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) services and to European scientists.

As it is difficult to achieve cloud free coverage of Europe in a single year, DMCii coordinates a constellation of 4 satellites carrying the same sensors, which speeds up the process and helps avoid such problems. Images are acquired within dates specified by each of the 38 countries, and delivered as precisely positioned data in each national map projection.

With several new DMC satellites launching in 2008 and 2009, DMCii plans to start providing multi-season imaging services in Europe and elsewhere to meet the operational needs of GMES services.

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Author: EARSC

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