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Earth Observation Network

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EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

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EARSC 4 Pillars


Representing the Members

The core pillar of our activities is to support and promote our members. We achieve this goal mainly through projects which we undertake (see projects). Members’ views are gathered through a series of ad-hoc working groups dedicated to important topics. We inform our members through a monthly report and a dedicated portal about important news and information, as announced bid opportunities – and dedicated e-mails for key items.

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Market development & Internationalization

EARSC is engaged in a wide range of activities to develop new markets and business opportunities for our members. Our strategy is to engage users, identify needs and stimulate demand for European EO services both in Europe and abroad with complementary commercial and geographical approaches.

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Promoting the industry

EARSC employs a range of sophisticated digital tools to promote the European EO sector. EARSC has three main digital tools which cover creating a shared vocabulary (EARSC TAXONOMY) , providing a common space to find EO companies, and a common space to discover ‘online’ EO services.

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Showing the value of Earth Observation

The Earth observation sector delivers a wide range of social and environmental and economic benefits to citizens of Europe and the world. To properly and consistently value these impacts, EARSC leads the Sentinel Benefits Study (SeBS) project in which we measure the total societal impact of products and services coming from Sentinel satellite data.

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Canada looks to future from space

Satellite imagery a fast-growing industry

Satellite Earth-Observation Market in Midst of Major Industry Shift

New NSR Report Finds Move to Very High Resolution and Onslaught of Lower Resolution Data Key to Generation of $5.1 Billion by 2023 WILMINGTON, DE—(Marketwired – Oct 22, 2014) – NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 6th Edition report, released today, projects that data, value-added services and Information Products from satellite-based Earth Observation will grow to

The European Space Agency (Esa) has announced a new round of its Copernicus Masters competition, seeking innovative space application ideas, will open for submissions next week.

The competition, encouraging engineers and scientists to develop novel applications using Earth observation data from European satellites, including the recently launched Sentinel-1A, that would benefit European public, offers a prize pool worth €300,000 (£250,000) in cash, technical support, data packages and business incubation. Participants can compete in eight challenges covering areas including environmental monitoring, transportation

Something to watch over us

The Economist. The Earth should be monitored more carefully ON APRIL 8th Envisat, Europe’s largest Earth-observing satellite, unexpectedly stopped talking to its users on the Earth below. Since then those users have been frantically trying to re-establish contact. They rely on Envisat’s radars and other sensors for a wide range of measurements, from the temperature

New Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation

Competitive European Regions through Research and Innovation Introduction In an open global economy, competitiveness relies on the capacity of businesses to create high value- added goods and services. A move towards innovation-based sustainable growth is therefore at the heart of the EU’s response to globalisation. In June 2010, the EU Heads of State and government

A New Generation Of Meteorological Satellites

(24 February 2012) Europe’s next fleet of meteorological satellites is set to debut in 2017, following today’s signing of the development contract. While Meteosat Third Generation will ensure full continuity with the current Meteosat satellite family, it will also introduce significant improvements. At an event held today at ESA’s headquarters in Paris, the contract between

Satellite Industry Growth To Continue Despite Challenging Environment

Paris and Montreal, February 6, 2012 –Euroconsult, the leading international consulting and analyst firm specializing in the satellite and space sectors, announced today that it expects prospects for the satellite industry to remain favorable over the decade in a variety of areas. The next ten years should see continued growth for commercial markets, while at

OHB Technology AG : Antwerp Space signed a contract for developing a next generation of its Earth Observation Advanced Data Acquisition System, OMNISAT-G3

Antwerp Space NV, a subsidiary of OHB AG (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Standard), and ESA, the European Space Agency, signed a contract for the design and development of a next generation of the Advanced Data Acquisition System, also known as OMNISAT. The contract has a value of EUR 2.2 million and covers activities for the Earth

Ocean energy projects could create 50,000 jobs by 2030

by LORNA SIGGINS and TOM SHEIL THE NAVAL Service is working with the European Space Agency, third-level institutions and campus companies to create “significant employment” in marine activities, according to its new chief, Cmdr Mark Mellett. Ireland could be an “early European leader” in ocean energy, and could generate far more economic activity in the

The EC recognises the need to support demand for satellite services

Eurisy’s 2010 Position Paper advocated for better framework conditions to support the demand for satellite services among local, regional authorities and SMEs. Less than 3 months on, the EC recognises the necessity to encourage “new user communities (cities, regions, various industrial sectors, etc.)” to adopt such services, including through “the use of available funding sources

EC Communication on "An integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era"

On 28 October 2010, the European Commission adopted the Communication on “An integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era.” This policy document sets out a strategy that aims to boost EU economy. It is accompanied by a report on the competiveness performance of individual Member States and the annual European Competitiveness Report. According to the

UK to open Earth observation hub

Science minister David Willetts has announced a new UK centre for monitoring the Earth from space. The Earth observation hub will focus on acquiring environmental data, such as information on deforestation and the impact of climate change. The hub will be based at the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell in Oxfordshire, which will

SWIFT E-News n°11 – 16th June 2010

16th June 2010 In this Issue 1. Highlight: Regulation on the GMES programme and its initial operations 2011-2013 2. The use of Earth Observation satellites in events of volcanic eruptions 3. Earth Observation satellites for monitoring oil spill 4. GMES helps measuring the cost of biodiversity losses in coastal Mediterranean wetlands 5. European Parliament’s resolution

EADS North America and Infoterra Awarded U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Contract to Supply Radar Satellite Data for Intelligence, Military and Homeland Security Users

ARLINGTON, VA — 02/03/10 — EADS North America has received a five-year contract to provide commercial radar satellite data to the U.S. government’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for use in intelligence, military and homeland security applications. The data will be provided by the geo-information service provider, Infoterra GmbH, an EADS Astrium subsidiary that holds the

Taiwan to develop and make satellite-loaded remote sensing instrument

The National Space Organization (NSPO) under Taiwan’s government-sponsored National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) on February 2 announced the formation of a group specifically for the R&D and manufacturing of an optical remote sensing instrument to be included in the payload of Formosa Satellite (FormoSat) 5, Taiwan’s earth-observation satellite to be launched in 2013 by a



New Job Opportunity at GAF AG Munich – “Project Manager Earth Observation & Copernicus LCLU downstream Services”

GAF AG is an internationally successfully operating company for cross-platform EO-based geoinformation solutions and for the development of innovative GIS and database applications. In addition to the reception and distribution of geodata, GAF holds a leading position in the areas of data refinement and geoconsulting due to its many years of expertise. With an international and

EARSC Board of Directors Election – Apply to Become One of the EARSC Directors 2024!

According to the Article 11 of the EARSC Statutes, the Board of Directors shall be renewed during the Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Brussels on June 13, 2024, during EXPANDEO 2024. The 9 Directors will be elected this year for a term of 2 years. The election is an opportunity for EARSC Full members to be involved in the

European cooperation on satellite mapping: The Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP join efforts in mapping the shallow waters of Denmark.

Nørresundby (DK) / Seefeld (D) – By using Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB), the Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP are joining forces to contribute to the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Bathymetry partnership, and to integrate the SDB data into the Danish Depth Model (DDM) “Finding new ways to map shallow waters, where we only have very

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