It might soon impact the structure of the institutions and operators driving the development of public applications, the structure of research and development in systems and applications, the federation of users and even the organization of industry itself. The European Union seventh framework program as well as the preparation of the coming ESA Ministerial conference are two key initiatives which put into concrete actions the European Space Policy plans.

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Interview with Prof. McGlade, Director of the European Environmental Agency (EEA)

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mrs. Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Director General. First of all, thank you very much for taking some time from your busy agenda and giving us the occasion to talk about some aspects relevant for the European Earth Observation sector .

Industry Profile

GISAT – making better decision about our environment

Gisat operates since 1990 as the first privately run remote sensing and geoinformation service company in the Czech Republic. The company brings to its domestic and international clients complete portfolio of services starting from satellite data and geomatics software distribution, through specialized image and GIS data processing and analysis, up to advanced geoinformation products and applications. Gisat has long-term experiences with management of international cooperation as well as good understanding of specific environmental situation in the CEE countries.

EARSC Activities

EARSC Workshop

“In-situ monitoring and Earth observation in the framework of GMES and GEOSS” 31 May 2007, Brussels, BE

Member News

Aurensis: Cart@ has become a reality

Cart@ is an information system for the development and spread in Internet of all the cartography developed by the ICV.

Definiens Bridges the Gap between Remote Sensing and GIS

Definiens, the number one Enterprise Image Intelligence™ company, today unveiled its Definiens Extension for ArcGIS®.

Definiens enables GeoVille to transform images into intelligent geo-information

Using Definiens’ technology, GeoVille has developed a highly-automated land use mapping application that further increases the reliability and efficacy of traditional processing approaches. The result provides European agencies, government bodies, and commercial customers with harmonized, cross-border land use data that enables customers to make better decisions.

DEIMOS Space updates its website

DEIMOS Space´s website undergoes a major revamp with a new page structure, contents and utilities.

EDISOFT Leads the O&M Consortium for Santa Maria’s Ground Station

EDISOFT leads the consortium that will be responsible for all systems maintenance and operation activities at the Santa Maria Ground Station, one of the twelve satellite tracking stations that ESA operates.

EMT turns to GMV for setting up its corporate GIS

Madrid‘s Municipal Transport Company ( Empresa Municipal de Transportes : EMT) has awarded GMV the contract for the design, development and implementation of a new IT system based on GIS technology (Geographic Information Systems) for improving specific management applications of its service.

ESRI and ITT Visual Information Solutions Announce Plan to develop NITF Solution for ArcGIS

ESRI and ITT Visual Information Solutions today announced a business relationship to develop a certified National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) extension for ESRI?s ArcGIS platform.

Euroconsult Study: EO value-added services in Europe generated €390million in 2005

Earth Observation value-added services in Europe generated €390 million in 2005 according to a study completed by Euroconsult for ESA Strategy and Future Programmes Department

European Consortium to perform Land Cover Mapping for EEA

The service provider network consists of GeoVille GmbH (Austria), GISAT
s.r.o. (Czech Republic), Metria (Sweden), Planetek Italia srl. (Italy), Tragsatec
SA (Spain), and Infoterra GmbH (Germany),

GAF AG to Establish a Computerized Mining Title Cadastre for Nigeria

GAF AG has been awarded a contract to set-up a new computerised and countrywide mining cadastre system for Nigeria.

GEOID at RESPOND project

GeoID takes part in the RESPOND project.

Gisat News

Gisat News

Infoterra’s Database of Offshore Oil Seeps now covers Arctic frontier

Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geographic information products and services, has completed the mapping of offshore oil slicks in the Arctic area covering more than 2 million km2 – including the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Mackenzie Delta, Hudson Strait, Greenland and Outer Rockall areas. These areas expand the existing Global Seeps database into another new frontier region.

Kongsberg Spacetec news

Kongsberg Spacetec news

NPA Group: Terrafirma moves to Stage

Terrafirma, run by NPA of the UK, is an ESA GMES project aimed at establishing a ‘terrain motion’ hazard information service across Europe in support of policies aimed at saving lives, improving safety and reducing economic loss.

PCI News

PCI News

PLAN JAGUAR: Defining a strategy for EO services in Latin America

INDRA is conducting a market characterization of the Latin American Remote Sensing sector to promote the products and services from the value adding European EO industry

RapidEye Honored By Visit From State Dignitaries

Just hours before the anticipated kickoff of the 44th Annual Havelfest, RapidEye had the pleasure of welcoming Brandenburg‘s Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck along with the Mayor of Brandenburg an der Havel, Dr. Dietlind Thiemann.

SANCHO Project (Aerostatic System for Navigation, Communication and Observation Tools)

The airships, located far away from any normal aerial traffic, will provide data for local and regional applications that will be complementary to those provided by satellites, or will even improve satellite performance.

Spacemetric AB News

Spacemetric delivers airborne image distribution and archive solution to the Swedish National Land Survey // Spacemetric supports Spanish DMC satellite

TerraSAR-X exceeds all expectations: German radar satellite sends first data in record time

Scientists and commercial users are flabbergasted and only the most optimistic of engineers could have expected it, but just four days after the launch of the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X from Baikonur, brilliant first satellite images have been received.


VEGA is involved in current and future European EO programmes and is committed to supporting their successful development.

Earth Observation News

China To Launch Third Sino-Brazilian Satellite

China plans to launch in September the third earth resources satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil, said Sun Laiyan, director of the China National Space Administration here Thursday. Satellite 02B will be soon moved into a space environment simulator and go through a number of tests, said Sun.

COSMO-SkyMed in collaboration with e-GEOS

It will market the data and products for the Earth observation programme

ESA-EUSC 2008 Conference

Image Information Mining: pursuing automation of geospatial intelligence for environment and security, which will be held at ESA / ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on March 4-5, 2008.

Intermap Technologies Wins $2.2M Mapping Contracts: Tsunami Preparedness

Intermap Technologies Wins $2.2M Mapping Contracts for use in Tsunami Preparedness and Energy Exploration in Southeast Asia

Microsoft Enhances Virtual Earth Product in Great Britain

Microsoft Enhances Virtual Earth Product in Great Britain With High-Resolution 3-D Height Data From Intermap Technologies. Update delivers a more seamless and accurate 3-D experience.

RSPSoc2007 – 11th – 14th September, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society is holding its annual conference at Newcastle University between the 11th – 14th September . The conference will include keynotes from representatives from NASA, Ordnance Survey, Google and Microsoft.

Satellite Images Bridge Understanding Gap: Climate Change and Individuals

The geospatial community can play a vital role in global warming research by helping to make a connection between climate change and individual people.

Siemens Enterprise Communications Signs Contract with NATO to Deliver a New GIS

Siemens Communications, Inc. [NYSE: SI] announced that Siemens Enterprise Communications Belgium will lead a major project in order to provide NATO with a new Geographical Information System (GIS).

Symposium on Space Applications

UN/Austria/ESA jointly organise a symposium on Space Applications to support the plan of implementation of the world summit on sustainable development. (11-14 Sep)

Tele Atlas places2protect Launches to Deliver High Quality Digital Map Content for Mission-Critical Applications and Organizations

New product delivers detailed institutional data to facilitate emergency response and disaster preparedness

TUBITAK UZAY and Remote Sensing Activities

The Space Technologies Research Institute (formerly known as TUBITAK BILTEN – Information Technologies and Electronics Research Institute) is founded in 1985, under the framework of a protocol signed between the Middle East Technical University (METU) and The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) as a publicly funded research institute.

World Leading GIS Experts: Present Latest Techniques For Effective Crime Analysis & Share Secrets For Successful Crime Reduction

International GIS Crime Mapping Conference
September 24 – 26, 2007, Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Brussels, Belgium


Bringing space down to earth

The contribution the space industry makes to our daily lives is far more significant, and tangible, than merely providing us with a better understanding of the universe – important as that is.

Contract signed for building of GMES Sentinel-1 satellite

ESA and Thales Alenia Space have signed a €229 million contract for the design and development of Sentinel-1, the first Earth observation satellite to be built for Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.

ESA announces new Earth Observer

The European Space Agency‘s (ESA) has given the go ahead to its new generation of Earth Observation (EO) satellites as part of Europe‘s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.

Europe’s Space Policy becomes a reality

A stronger Europe in space, better equipped and better coordinated to face the future needs of its citizens. A wider strategic scope to address new challenges, including the areas of security and defence space programmes, and space as an added dimension to the EU’s external relations.

INSPIRE Directive adopted

After being published in the official Journal on the 25th April 2007, the directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) entered into force on 15 May 2007.

Land Satellite Application Facility (SAF) in support of drought monitoring - EUMETSAT’s Contribution to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification is not the natural expansion of existing deserts but the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas due to human activities and climatic variations.

UN-Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space 50th Session

To Discuss Space Exploration, International Cooperation in Space-Based Disaster Management, and Use of Satellite Technology for Sustainable Development