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2010-12-17 10:10:00

ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract for the launch of Sentinel-1A, the first Earth observation satellite to be built for Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. Sentinel-1A is scheduled for launch in December 2012 by a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Weighing about 2300 kg at launch, it will be placed into a Sun-synchronous, circular orbit at an altitude of about 690 km. The Sentinels are a family of satellites being developed by ESA to...

2010-03-31 14:00:54

ESA has awarded a contract worth &eur;105 million to Astrium to build the second Sentinel-2 satellite. Once both are operational, this pair of satellites will provide global coverage every five days, delivering high-resolution optical imagery for GMES land and emergency services. Marking another milestone in Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, this contract follows hot on the heels of the agreement between ESA and Thales Alenia Space to build the second,...

2010-03-12 10:16:20

Marking another significant step in the GMES initiative, ESA and Thales Alenia Space recently signed a contract worth &eur;270 million ($372 million USD) to build the second Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 satellites. Led by the European Commission in partnership with ESA, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program will provide a unique tool to monitor the environment. This initiative will fulfill policy-makers' growing needs to access accurate and timely information to...

2009-07-23 10:05:00

ESA and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, signed on 20 July a Framework Agreement on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Program. The Agreement was signed by EUMETSAT Director General Lars Prahm and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain."This Agreement is a major step in the implementation of the GMES Programme under the overall responsibility of the European Commission. It is based upon two decades of...

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...

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