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Comparable Land Imagery Fostered By ESA–NASA Collaboration
2013-02-13 11:52:32

ESA ESA and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth´s land and coastal zones. ESA is currently developing the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission for Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative. With the first satellite slated for launch in 2014, this innovative mission is dedicated to supplying...

Global Monitoring For Environment And Security For Europe
2012-10-12 10:59:07

The potential of GMES for crisis management and environmental monitoring is highlighted in a new publication with users demonstrating the importance of Earth observation data to European regions. The joint ESA-NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) publication is a collection of articles that provide insight into how the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme is being used in new applications and services across Europe. The articles,...

The Importance Of Earth Observing Satellites
2012-07-17 04:35:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Talks held at the recent biannual conference on mapping global risk ensured that leaders focused on the importance of Earth-observing satellites. The Understanding Risk Forum was organized by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Risk and Recovery in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this month. During the conference, Earth-observing satellites became the focal point of discussion at the Forum's Earth Observing session chaired...

ESA Under Press To Launch Sentinel Missions
2012-06-08 03:22:58

The loss of the Envisat satellite is affecting services by Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. Efforts are being coordinated with other space agencies to fill some of the gaps, but the situation adds further urgency to launch the Sentinel missions. Carrying an array of sophisticated instruments, Envisat provided a continuous stream of information about the state of our planet for 10 years. Envisat not only advanced science, but also supplied data for...

Representatives Meet To Discuss GMES Program
2012-06-07 03:50:53

Representatives from the areas of economy, health, energy, agriculture, climate change, disaster management and key decision makers gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week to show their support for the GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The GMES in Action conference gave participants an opportunity to explore the economic, environmental and social benefits of Europe´s GMES program. Through GMES, decision-makers will have access to reliable, timely and...

GMES In Eastern Europe
2012-05-10 03:22:58

As Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program nears its full operational phase, its benefits and economic potential for Eastern Europe came into focus last week at a conference in Bucharest, Romania. In the summer of 2010, heavy rainfall unleashed floods in northern and eastern Romania. Over 20 people lost their lives, while hundreds of homes were destroyed. Thousands of hectares of farmland, forest and pastures were damaged. SAFER, the emergency response...

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...

2012-02-15 04:01:00

Monday's successful maiden flight of ESA´s new Vega rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, opens a new set of launch services — including two of the Sentinel satellites for GMES. According to contracts signed in December, Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on this new light launcher. These launches are foreseen in 2014—15. The Sentinel missions are based on a constellation of two satellites to maximize coverage of Earth. The two...

Vega Launcher Qualification Flight A Success
2012-02-13 10:00:53

[ Watch the Launch Replay ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Vega launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the ground this morning. The new launch vehicle is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after Monday's qualification flight in Kourou, French Guiana. ESA said that with this launch being successful, Europe now covers the full range of launch needs, including small science and Earth observation satellites, to missions like resupplying the International...

Watch Online: Vega Qualification Flight
2012-02-12 05:06:08

Join us for the first qualification flight of the Vega launch vehicle on Monday 13 February, with a launch window open from 11:00 to 12:30 CET (10:00 to 11:30 GMT). Vega will lift off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to release nine satellites into orbit and add a new capability to Europe's fleet of launch systems. Live transmission starts at 10:40 CET. The payload consists of two Italian satellites — ASI´s LARES laser relativity satellite and the University of...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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