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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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New Perspectives of Planet Earth

With all of the necessary components for the launch of the RapidEye satellite constellation currently waiting in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, nothing seems to be standing in the way of an August launch for the German company RapidEye AG. All five earth observation satellites will be sent into orbit on a DNEPR-1 launch vehicle, released into a

Earth satellite observations inform energy policy

Over the past 50 years, satellites have been returning observations of the Earth’s air, land and water. Whilst traditionally measurements have been taken in isolation, a new approach seeks to produce integrated, accessible data that can inform more sustainable energy policies worldwide.

Satellite measures actual potato yields in Europe

(Eindhoven, August 25, 2008). From today onwards anyone can have access to the actual state and yield of potatoes in a large part of Europe. Potato growth information is calculated from satellite based recordings by Basfood from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Interested parties choose themselves from which area they wish to acquire the information by selecting parcels of 25×25km from a map of Europe. The purchase price is € 500 per parcel, for which the buyer gets weekly the actual yield in kg per hectare from July until the end of October. This information is particularly interesting for trading parties and government services.

Dnepr Lv With Five Satellites to Be Launched August 29

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax-AVN) – The conversion launch vehicle Dnepr with five RapidEye earth probing satellites is to take off from the Baikonur launch pad, Kazakhstan, on Friday.

China to help Laos develop satellite-based communication system

25 August (Xinhua) — China will, under a recent agreement, help Laos develop a telecommunications satellite and a ground station, and train relevant staff, Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported Monday. Under the agreement signed by Bountiem Phissamay, head of Laos’ National Authority for Science and Technology, last Friday in Laos, and inked earlier in China

Isro to launch Italian, Algerian satellites

Antrix Corp. Ltd, the commercial arm of India’s space agency, has won a pair of deals from Algeria and Italy to launch earth observation satellites next year

GOCE Earth explorer satellite to look at the Earth’s surface and core

(22 August 2008. ESA PR 34-2008). The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated mission ever to investigate the Earth’s gravitational field and to map the reference shape of our planet – the geoid – with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) will be placed

Muslim world salutes Iran’s Safir-1 satellite carrier launch – Press TV

On August 17th 2008, Iran succesfully sent its satellite carrier vehicle Safir-1 (Envoy-1) into low earth orbit, thanks to which remote sensing, satellite telemetry, geometric information system technology, as well as remote and ground station data processing were tested. The event followed test launches of the Kavoshgar (Explorer) satellite carrier earlier this year. Safir-1 will

British satellite company SSTL opens office in Douglas County

A British company that builds small satellites has opened U.S. operations in Douglas County and plans to employ up to 250 people over the next few years. About three-quarters of those employees would work for Surrey Satellite Technology US in the Denver area, doing engineering and satellite manufacturing work. The company has opened a small

RapidEye AG ready to send its constellation of five satellites into orbit

The first German commercial satellite mission is on its way to space. Brandenburg a. d. Havel, Germany 15.08.08. With all of the necessary components for the launch of the RapidEye satellite constellation currently waiting in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, nothing seems to be standing in the way of an August launch for the German company RapidEye AG

RAPIDEYE: New Perspectives of Planet Earth

The first German commercial satellite mission is on its way to space – RapidEye AG ready to send its constellation of five satellites into orbit

UNOSAT: Activation of the Space Charter

The Satellite Operations Board of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters granted UNOSAT (The UN operational satellite applications programme created by UNITAR and UNOPS) the privilege of requesting the activation of the Space Charter to better support UN users engaged in humanitarian operations.

Meghna to be model basin for flood forecasting

In view of looming impact of climate change, a 10-year implementation plan has been taken under the framework of Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to improve sustainable water resource management in Bangladesh. The GEOSS, an alliance of 52 national governments including European Commission, is assisting South Asian 18 countries including Bangladesh to improve

Surrey Satellite Technology US Opens For Business

Leading small satellite manufacturer, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), has set up a new subsidiary in the United States to take advantage of the growing international demand for economical, responsive and highly capable spacecraft for a broad range of applications. The new company, Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US), has opened an office in Colorado

Response to European Space Agency’s Ministerial Meeting announcement

Director General of the British National Space Centre (BNSC), Dr David Williams, has responded to ESA’s announcement to discuss the establishment of a space centre in the UK at a European Ministerial Meeting at The Hague in November. Dr Williams said: “The BNSC welcomes ESA’s announcement to discuss establishing a UK space facility on the

ESA Meets Increasing Demand For Earth Observation Data

Earth observation satellite data have never been in more demand than today as missions have demonstrated their ability to enable better understanding and improved management of the Earth and its environment.



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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