The voice of the Earth Observation


Barents bloom, Sentinel-2A - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Discover the largest European
Earth Observation Network

Our Members

Lake Balkhash, Kazakhastan, Sentinel 2 - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

More about Earth Observation

Brussels, Spot 5 Sqtellite - Airbus Defence and Space


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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More


Ministerial Council 2008

Europe’s excellence in space, its increased recognition worldwide and the recent successes are all the result of decisions and investments made by European Ministers years and even decades ago. To better understand the importance of the decisions which are on the agenda of the upcoming Ministerial Council Meeting which will take place in The Hague

EU space policy contributes strongly to a European identity

MEPs adopted (443 in favour 65 against and 16 abstentions) a resolution on European space policy: how to bring space down to earth, which stresses the importance of developing a space-related industrial policy as a means of ensuring Europe’s political, technological and operational autonomy. MEPs welcome the Council commitment to the development of a European

Next Generation Of Earth Scientists Fostered By ESA

ESA has launched a new initiative – the Changing Earth Science Network – to support young scientists undertaking leading-edge research activities aimed at advancing our understanding of the Earth System. Although the Earth has undergone significant changes in the past, there is mounting evidence that the changes imposed, mostly by human activity, during the last

Romania to host meeting of group on earth-observation

Romania will play host, November 19-20, to the 5th annual plenary session of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), to be organised by the Romanian Space Agency and the National Authority for Scientific Research. Nearly 300 officials from the Group on Earth Observations’ member governments and organisations will meet here to plan the next three-year

Ingenio Sat Electronic Goodies To Come From Thales' Sub

Thales Alenia Space’ Spanish subsidiary, Thales Alenia Space Espana, has been awarded a 17 million euro contract by Sener, the payload prime contractor, to supply the electronics for the optical observation Instrument on the Ingenio satellite. Ingenio’s primary mission is to ensure regular coverage of emerged areas to deliver high-resolution images to a wide array

Infoterra develops an online geographical asset management system for Stanfords

20th November 2008 – Infoterra, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, has partnered with Stanfords Business Mapping, a leading retail supplier of paper mapping and map data for businesses, to develop a cost-effective new geographical asset management system – Stanfords GIS – for organisations managing property portfolios. This new system incorporates

China's Feng Yun-3 A satellite starts trial business operation

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) — China’s new polar orbiting meteorological satellite, Feng Yun-3 A and its ground application system, started business runs on Tuesday, said China Meteorological Administration (CMA). The CMA said it would actively sell data and services provided by the satellite to domestic and overseas users. It supplies a wide range of information

Ministers Meet To Define The Role Of Space In Delivering Global Objectives

Ministers in charge of space activities within the now 18 ESA Member States and Canada will meet in The Hague (the Netherlands) on 25 and 26 November to implement the European Space Policy, setting out the start of future programmes and taking decisions on the next phases of on-going programmes. This Council meeting at ministerial

Space Agency Awards Design Contract for Satellite Fleet

Canada’s space agency awarded a $40-million contract last Friday to the company that operates Radarsat-2, Canada’s earth observation satellite, to design the satellite’s successors. MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), based in Richmond, B.C., received the 16-month contract to complete the preliminary design of the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM), a fleet of three satellites that

NRL's SHIMMER successfully observes Earth's highest clouds

The Naval Research Laboratory’s Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals (SHIMMER) has successfully observed a second northern season of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs), which are the Earth’s highest clouds. This successful observation fulfills the primary goal of the Space Test Programme Satellite-1 (STPSat-1) Extended Mission. SHIMMER was originally launched as the primary payload of STPSat-1


Start Date End Date Event Web Venue 19-nov-08 20-nov-08 GeoMatics Atlantic 2008 – Discovering the Way to a Sustainable Future web New Brunswick,Canada 25-nov-08 26-nov-08 ESA Council meeting at ministerial level web The Hague, Netherlands 26-nov-08 28-nov-08 5th International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography web Salzburg, Austria 26-nov-08 29-nov-08 Eurocities 2008 web The Hague, Netherlands

PCI Geomatics Delivers Automated Image Correction Solution to Korea Aerospace Research Institute

Richmond Hill, Ontario – PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications, is pleased to announce the completion of a contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to build an automated production system for the orthorectification, mosaicking and pansharpening of KOMPSAT-2 satellite imagery. This fully automated system is built

The OGC(R) Announces Updated OGC Reference Model

Wayland, Massachusetts – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced the completion and availability of Version 2.0 of the OGC Reference Model (ORM) at The ORM provides a framework for the ongoing work of the OGC and a guide for those who seek to implement interoperable solutions and applications for geospatial services and data. The

What are the considerations between buying geospatial technologies directly as compared to services?

V1 Perspectives Jeff Thurston We are at a point in time along the geospatial maturity curve where product development and innovation has been mastered to a high degree for many technologies. The focus for many people has changed from tightening and adjusting the nuts and bolts under the hood, to one of acting to solve

GAF to Establish a Computerized Mining Title Cadastre and Registry for Mongolia

Munich – GAF has been awarded a contract to design and establish the new automated and countrywide Mining Registry and Cadastre System for Mongolia. After the successful completion of contract negotiations GAF will start work on-site in November 2008. The project under the Governance Assistance Program (GAP) aims to improve governance in the mining sector,

British Transport Police to use ERDAS APOLLO

17th November 2008 – Infoterra, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, is working with British Transport Police to implement ERDAS APOLLO 2009, a unified enterprise platform for managing and serving large volumes of geospatial data across an organisation.



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

This website uses cookies to collect analytical data to enhance your browsing experience. Please accept our cookies or read our Privacy policy.