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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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INPE acquires components for the Amazon-1 Satellite

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is acquiring new components for the Amazon-1.With its launching foreseen for 2011, will be the first Earth Observation Satellite developed in Brazil and the first one to make use of Multimission Platform (PMM). Together, both Satellites Amazon-1 and CBERS-3 and 4 will get a complete Earth covering in

March launch planned for ESA's gravity mission

ESA is now gearing up to return to Russia to oversee preparations for the launch of its GOCE satellite – now envisaged for launch on 16 March 2009. This follows implementation of the corrective measures after the anomaly with the Rockot launcher that delayed the launch of GOCE by Eurockot Launch Services last October. An

The Paz satellite: a defence and security solution provided by Astrium España

EADS Astrium España signed a contract with Hisdesat on 6 November 2008 to develop and build the first Spanish Earth radar observation satellite Paz. The signing ceremony was attended by Spanish Defence Minister Carme Chacón. Paz is one component of the Spanish National Earth Observation Programme. The budget for the Paz satellite is estimated at

PCI Geomatics Extends Market Reach in China with Beijing Space Eye Innovation Technology Co. Ltd.

Richmond Hill, Ontario – February 3, 2009: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of hardware/software systems for geo-imaging solutions, is pleased to announce it has appointed Beijing Space Eye Innovation Technology Co. Ltd. (BSEI) as its exclusive desktop software distributor for the People’s Republic of China, effective February 1, 2009. BSEI is a high-resolution satellite

SWIFT E-News n°3 – 2nd February 2009

This E-News, which replaces the GMES E-News, is published by the SWIFT project whose aim is to support information dissemination in the framework of the European Commission GMES initiative. SWIFT is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission / Directorate General Enterprise and Industry under the 7th Framework Programme. In this n.3.

New steps in ESA/Commission cooperation on GMES

ESA PR 03-2009. Today in Brussels, the amendment to the EC-ESA GMES agreement was signed by Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA Director General, and Mr Heinz Zourek, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. This amendment will extend the scope of the original Agreement (signed in February 2008) to activities

NASA Tracks A Green Planet Called Earth

NASA’s satellite imagery, combined with high-resolution commercial imagery, is giving scientists new insight into the changing appearance of our planet on a regional scale, and whether it is due to human activity or extreme climate. Researchers from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, Calif., analyzed several years

Iran to send satellite to space by March 20

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) announced that the first domestically-built satellite of Iran called “Omid” (Hope) would be sent to the space by March 20. “If no problem hinders the process, the all-Iranian-made satellite will join the orbit by the end of the current Iranian year (ending on March 20),” ISA

The French National Space Center (CNES) Relies on ERDAS Enterprise Solutions

Norcross (Georgia, USA) – The International Charter Space and Major Disasters recently held its Board Meeting in Toulouse, France, opening the French National Space Center (CNES)’s presidency for the next six months. During this meeting, the CNES presented the catalog for the International Charter’s imagery resources. This catalog is powered by ERDAS’ enterprise solutions. The

Japan Launches Satellites, Eyes Space Business

The main satellite will enable scientists to calculate the density of carbon dioxide and methane from 56,000 locations on the Earth. Japan launched a satellite on Friday to monitor greenhouse gases along with seven smaller satellites in a mission that could boost business for the country’s cash-hungry space programme. The H-2A rocket, carrying the biggest

Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Ready For Launch

A new NOAA polar-orbiting environmental satellite, set to launch next month, will support NOAA’s weather and ocean forecasts, including long-range climate predictions for El Niño and La Niña and support U.S. search and rescue operations. The new spacecraft – NOAA-N Prime – is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on

China to grant remote sensing satellite to Indonesia

Beijing, China (ANTARA News) – The Chinese government will grant Indonesia a remote sensing satellite to help monitor and provide early detections on events taking place in the sea, an official said. “China will grant Indonesia a satellite for monitoring happenings and developments in the sea. With the satellite, Indonesia`s sensing capability at sea would

Earth Explorers overview

Following the successful implementation of the ERS satellites and Envisat, which address Earth science issues of a global nature, Earth Explorers are smaller research missions dedicated to specific aspects of our Earth environment. Earth Explorer missions focus on the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and the Earth’s interior with the overall emphasis on learning more about

Launch Postponement of the IBUKI (GOSAT)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency decided to reschedule the launch of the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (GOSAT) aboard the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 15 (H-IIA F15) to January 22, 2009 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch time is between 12:54 p.m. and 1:16 p.m.

Solid Bottom Line for Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space, which won five contracts for geostationary communications satellites out of a total of 26 ordered in 2008, a market share of 23 percent, plus contracts for four communications payloads, one observation satellite and the low Earth orbit constellation for O3b Networks, comprising 16 satellites. Listed below are the accomplishments that the company

Europe's eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development

European cities need reliable and comparable urban planning information for safe, sustainable and prosperous development. This year, for the first time, 185 cities from all 27 EU Member States, will benefit from the “Urban Atlas”, which has been produced by the European Commission and Member States with the support of European space technology. Compiled from



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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