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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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UAE poised to get its first dedicated eye in the sky

By Samir Salama, Associate Editor. Published: November 16, 2008, 23:50. Abu Dhabi: DubaiSat 1, the UAE’s first remote sensing/Earth Observation satellite, is all set to launch, a senior official said on Sunday. “The UAE’s first earth observation satellite, developed by South Korea’s SatrecI with in-depth participation of UAE engineers from the Emirates Institution for Advanced

Thales Alenia Space to supply electronics for Spain’s Ingenio observation satellite

(Thales Alenia) – Scheduled for launch in 2012, Ingenio is Spain’s first Earth observation satellite and the first to be built by a consortium of Spanish companies.

NASA’s Remote Sensing Technology Predicts Future Global Pandemics

With the help of 14 orbiting satellites currently in orbit and the National Aeronautics and Space scientists have been able to observe daily the Earth’s environment to help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world, including Ebola, West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever. The ability of infectious diseases to thrive depends on

Planetek Italia Joins DigitalGlobe Reseller Network

Bari, Italia – Planetek Italia today announced that is now an authorized distributor of DigitalGlobe’s high resolution world imagery solutions to customers in Italy and Greece. Planetek Italia is one of the leading companies in Italy, with more than 15 years experience in the data processing and system development for geographic data management. With this

Sofradir wins contract for the European GMES Sentinel-2 space mission

Sofradir will supply a new three-band Short Wave Infrared Red detector aimed at more accurate mapping of the Earth’s environment Veurey-Voroize, France, November 12th, 2008 – Sofradir, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors for military, space and industrial applications, announced today that it has signed a EUR 6.7 million (approx. USD 10

National Earth Observation Mission EnMAP: Kayser-Threde Starts Implementation Phase

OHB subsidiary Kayser-Threde awarded contract for implementing the national earth observation mission EnMAP by the German Aerospace Center. With a total volume of EUR 90 million, the largest contract ever received by Kayser-Threde / Kayser-Threde assigned system responsibility for the entire mission

DLR technology and expertise for a tsunami early warning system in Indonesia

On 11 November 2008, almost four years after the devastating tsunami catastrophe, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia inaugurated the InaTEWS tsunami early warning system (Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System) in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Germany has made a significant contribution to this system. The German Remote Sensing Data Center (Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum; DFD) of the

CHRIS satellite imager celebrates 7 years' scientific success

The scientific community is celebrating 7 years of high resolution hyperspectral satellite imagery from the highly successful CHRIS multi-spectral payload imager. The instrument has been so successful that an advanced variant is under development, offering new functionality for Earth observation missions in a wide range of applications in resource monitoring and mapping, environmental science and

C-CORE expands satellite and radar business through acquisition of VPI

C-CORE announces its recent expansion through the asset acquisition of Vantage Point International, a private company located in Ottawa, Canada. This acquisition positions C-CORE as one of Canada’s largest providers of Earth Observation application development and monitoring services. C-CORE is pleased to announce the purchase of Kanata-based Vantage Point International (VPI) assets. C-CORE is a

SEOSAT/Ingenio Programme Industry Day – 17 November 2008 – CDTI, Madrid

The European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of CDTI, would like to inform Companies and Organisations/Research Institutes of a presentation of the SEOSAT/Ingenio Programme and its procurement opportunities on: 17 November 2008, in: Centro para el Desarollo Tecnolsgico Industrial (CDTI), Cid 4, 28001 Madrid, Spain. 1. SEOSAT/Ingenio Programme The SEOSAT/Ingenio Programme, fully funded by the

ISRO develops new satellite

BANGALORE: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a new satellite that could take images through the clouds, enabling space-based application in such scenarios to manage cyclones, floods and agriculture related activities. India’s current earth-observation satellites are working in visible and infrared bands, which means they can take pictures only when it’s cloud-free. “Often,

Climate science budget under threatClimate science budget under threat

The Kopernikus programme could be a revolutionary tool for measuring the effects of climate change – but will it be accepted and will it really help?

Thales Alenia Space España to supply X and S-band equipment for three Sentinel satellites

(Thales Alenia) – The Sentinel satellites are being developed as part of the Space Component of the Kopernikus program, which is being co-funded by the European Commission.

Kopernikus at EU Environment Council

On 20-21 October 2008, EU Environment Ministers met in Luxembourg under the French Presidency of the Council. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas also attended this 2-day meeting on behalf of the European Commission. Given that Kopernikus provides services supplying information on the environment, the Presidency of the Environment Council submitted an information note about the Kopernikus

UK ambitions in space 'at risk'

One of Europe’s flagship space projects looks as though it is going to proceed with the UK continuing to be a bit-part player, scientists and engineers fear.

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches 3rd Italian COSMO Satellite

COSMO-SkyMed III, Italian Earth-observation satellite blasted off Friday evening from the California coast.



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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