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Earth Observation Network

Our Members

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EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

More about Earth Observation

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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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EU 27 eye increased EU action on space

All member states are politically committed to promoting more EU action on space, the French Presidency said after a two-day informal meeting of the bloc’s ministers for space.

GMES being discussed on EU meeting for space policy

On 21 – 22 July 2008 an informal meeting of European ministers for space affairs was held at the European Spaceport in Kourou. The event was organized by Valérie Pécresse, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research and its objective was to prepare the decisions to be made at the next Space Council, a joint meeting of EU competitiveness ministers and representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA) Member States, set to take place on 26 September 2008.

Germany’s Final SAR-Lupe Satellite Launched

Germany’s first satellite-based reconnaissance system has been completed with the launch of the fifth SAR-Lupe satellite, OHB System said July 22.

More EU states eyeing ESA

KOUROU, French Guiana (AFP) — Four countries that joined the European Union (EU) in 2004 are knocking on the door of the European Space Agency (ESA), French Research Minister Valerie Pecresse said here on Tuesday. “A certain number of states have started to seriously contemplate joining the European Space Agency,” Pecresse told reporters after an

ISU Symposium 2009: Space for a Safe and Secure World

During each academic year, ISU organizes a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions.

RapidEye “Launches” Unique Opportunity to Name Satellites

(Brandenburg an der Havel – July 21, 2008). With the launch of the RapidEye constellation of five earth observation satellites anticipated sometime in August 2008, RapidEye unveiles a contest today that would allow anyone worldwide an opportunity to name one or more of their satellites. The contest will benefit the local charitable organization Gollwitz Manor

Secureseal to Spearhead Google Earth Asset Tracking in EU

Enfield, UK – Secureseal has signed a landmark agreement with Axonn, a US-based pioneer in global satellite tracking technology. The Enfield-based specialist in trailer security ,and management has been appointed as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Axonn’s AXTracker MMT and T3 with focus in the European Union (EU).

ESA to consult the science community on Earth Explorer selection

As part of the Agency’s user-driven approach to preparing new Earth Explorer missions to advance our understanding of the Earth system, six candidate missions will be presented to the science community at a User Consultation Meeting in January 2009.

OGC Announces Successful GEOSS Sensor Web Workshop

WAYLAND, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that on May 15 and 16, 2008, more than 40 researchers, members of the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Secretariat and representatives of the European Commission met at the GEO offices in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss concepts, ongoing activities, and requirements for future progress in the

Bridging The Gap Between Space And Society

The half-day conference “Regional Policy: Benefits from Satellite Information and Services” to be held in Brussels, on the morning of 11th September 2008, is the mid-term event of Eurisy’s 5-year programme supporting Local and Regional Authorities to improve their access to the benefits of space technology.

Ocean Surface A Boon For Extreme Event Forecasts, Warnings

For humans in the path of destructive hurricanes and tsunamis, an accurate warning of the pending event is critical for damage control and survival.

Astrium Takes Control Of Spot Image

EADS’s Astrium Services unit has acquired a majority stake in Spot Image in a move that promises to propel the company to the forefront of the international space imagery market.

ERDAS Offers Geospatial Tools to Facilitate Response During 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Free ERDAS TITAN GeoHubs & critical infrastructure data enables U.S. federal, state, and local government emergency management teams to share real-time imagery and vector data

Interview Summer 2008

Mr. Daniel Vidal Madjar, Chief of the French InterMinisterial Task Force on GMES

ERDAS Selected for ESA’s Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility Testbed

ERDAS has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spacebel to participate to the next phase of the Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) project, called HMA-Testbed (HMA-T) phase 2.

Global Climate Change: Establishing Alliances to ensure Earth Observation

The greatest benefit of space exploration might not be what it tells us about distant worlds, but what it teaches us about ourselves — our planet, our life, and the forces that shape them.



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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