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GMES Copernicus Program Funding Secured Through 2020
2013-02-19 11:31:55

ESA Good news for Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program: the European Council has secured the program´s EU funding through 2020. The multiannual financial framework — MFF — is a seven-year plan for the EU´s budget. On 8 February, European heads of State and government agreed to include GMES in the 2014—20 MFF. Within the new framework, 3786 million was allocated for GMES. This amount covers GMES Services, In-Situ Component (a...

Spotlight on Sentinel-2
2012-05-07 03:19:57

The vast potential of ESA´s upcoming Sentinel-2 satellites came into focus last week at a symposium in Italy on how they will benefit current and future projects that exploit Earth observation data. The humid and moist tropical climate of Gabon yields immense forests that cover over 85% of the land, making them the number-two driver of the national economy — and deforestation a subject of concern. The GMES project on Forest Monitoring Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and...

Rockot To Launch Two Sentinel Satellites
2012-02-10 04:03:51

ESA and Eurockot today signed contracts for launching two ESA satellites: Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3A will fly in 2013 on Rockot vehicles from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for Europe´s GMES program. The contract signing by Matthias Oehm, Chief Executive Officer of Eurockot Launch Services GmbH, and Volker Liebig, Director of ESA´s Earth Observation Programs, took place at the historic Chamber of Commerce of Bremen, Germany. The Senator for Economics, Labor and...

Sentinel-2 Shapes Up For Testing
2011-11-30 12:19:29

An important milestone has been reached in the development of Sentinel-2. The satellite platform has been delivered to Germany where it will be integrated and tested with the various components that make up this sophisticated new craft to monitor Earth´s land surfaces. Manufactured by CASA in Spain, the platform has now been installed in the cleanroom at Astrium´s facilities in Friedrichshafen. The platform provides the structure on which to mount the payload instruments and...

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2009-04-23 10:00:00

A newly initiated campaign marks an important step in preparing for how data from the Sentinel-1 European Radar Observatory will be used for applications such as land-cover mapping and crop management. Sentinel-1 is the first of the five missions that ESA is developing for the GMES initiative. Sentinel-1 is a constellation of two C-band radar satellites that will provide continuous all-weather, day and night imagery for use in a range of diverse services "“ from marine and land...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.