Dear EO-Mag reader,

Our last Annual General Meeting in early July has been marked by an important step forward for our Association through the positive vote on the Evolution Plan presented by the Board of Directors. The road is now opened for an extensive upgrading of our logistics and working practices to respond to the expectations of our increased member population. Within this broad approach a special effort is made to take care of the characteristics and needs of our Small and Medium size companies (SMEs).

Keep reading...

Interview with Mr. Gerard Brachet, chairman of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Gerard Brachet.

Industry Profile

a. CLS Profile

CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites)

Industry Profile

b. CLS: Benefiting from Space for Maritime security

Ensuring the continuity of surveillance from open seas to coastal areas.

EARSC Activities

EARSC welcomes new members!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome new Members in our Association.

Member News

Aerodata launches showcase page with new viewer and imagery

Aerodata added a new page to its corporate website: the Map of the Day and samples page.

Critical Software: Ship Identification for Maritime Surveillance - Space Technology for the protection of the European External Border

Critical Software and Instituto de Telecomunicações will develop an innovative technology that allows the detection and classification of vessels based on a new generation of high resolution satellite images.

Definiens: Forest fire damage in Athens quickly assessed with Definiens

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki recently published studies revealing that over 5000 hectares of fir and pine forest in the Mount Parnitha National Park were destroyed by the recent forest fires.

Deimos-1 Satellite Bus Ready for Integration, Ground Station Construction Started

Deimos-1, next spacecraft to be launched in the DMC has passed its Module Readiness Review, all subsystems ready and tested individually and ready for integration.

Eurimage: WorldView-1 successfully launched September 18

WorldView-1 successfully separated from its launch vehicle and automatically initialized its onboard processors.

European Space Imaging: Hiring Sales Manager

European Space Imaging are seeking to recruit an experienced, proactive and reliable performer to fill the position of a Sales Manager.

GeoVille to implement Corine Land Cover in the West Balkan countries

GeoVille Environmental Services sàrl signed a contract with the European Environment Agency for implementing CORINE Land Cover (CLC) 2006 in the West Balkan countries.

GIM: Urban Green Products

Urban green is becoming a very important issue, GIM is offering service products that are providing solutions to support the management of urban green areas.

GMV: Installation of a EUMETCast Station in GMV

In June a station was installed in GMV for receiving diverse meteorological products and images broadcast through EUMETSAT’s EUMETCast service. The main purpose of this installation is to reinforce GMV’s research and development work in the earth observation area

Infoterra and geomer provide Flood Information Online

The FloodServer, a novel platform designed to provide extensive flood risk information for the whole of Europe quickly, reliably and easily accessible for everybody is now available online at www.floodrisk.eu.

Infoterra continues data acquisition investment programme with addition of latest generation airborne sensors

Infoterra Ltd confirms exclusive UK distribution rights for radar imagery from TerraSAR-X

Infoterra Ltd. to take delivery of Lynx Mobile Mapper

Optech Incorporated, a manufacturer of advanced lidar survey instruments, announced today that Infoterra Ltd., a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services based in the United Kingdom, has purchased Optech’s newly released LYNX Mobile Mapper™.

ITT News: ESRI and ITT Visual Information Solutions Announce Plan to Develop NITF Solution for ArcGIS

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

MDA Geospatial Services: RADARSAT-2 Status Update

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd, a provider of essential information solutions, announced that it has completed the integration and testing of Canada’s next-generation Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-2. Recently, the launch provider has experienced delays in a launch, and has rescheduled the RADARSAT-2 launch to December 2007.

MFB-GEO: Planar Screens Introduced at MFB-Geo

Applications for 3-D stereo analyses and photogrammetry

PCI News

PCI Geomatics awarded a GeoConnections contract to develop a Web Coverage Server and Image Correction Appliance.

Planetek news

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging today announced that Planetek Italia is now an authorized distributor of Leica Geosystems’ solutions to customers in Italy.

RapidEye: First RapidEye Satellite Passes Final Acceptance

The first of the five satellites has completed all extensive pre-launch testing and has been accepted by MDA. Additionally, the last of the payloads consisting of the cameras and all associated electronics has been delivered to the final satellite assembly site in Guildford, UK.

ReSAC participation in JRC’s study on the Orthorectification Performance of Formosat-2 Data for the Control with Remote Sensing Campaign of the CAP

At the end of 2006 and during 2007, Remote Sensing Application Center – ReSAC Bulgaria investigated the possibilities for orthorectification of FORMOSAT-2 scenes with two well established software packages in the geospatial industry – ERDAS IMAGINE and PCI Geomatica.

Scisys: Acquisition of VCS AG

SciSys plc announces the acquisition of VCS AG for Euro 16.7million.

Spacemetric: JRC chooses Spacemetric to deliver Image Portal

Spacemetric AB has added a new dimension in its rapidly growing list of contracts by winning the right to develop an online distribution and archiving system for satellite images acquired by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in support of the Control with Remote Sensing (CwRS) campaigns.

TerraSAR-X Exceeds all Expectations

Only the most optimistic engineers had even dared to hope what is now a reality: just four days after the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X has been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the first brilliant satellite images have been received.

TRE: Simcat™ performance is still enhancing!

Useful changes also for layout and graphics

VEGA helps Government evaluate Fire & Rescue Services

VEGA Group PLC (VEGA), the specialist Professional Services Company, has won a contract to support the Communities and Local Government department (C&LG), with its electronic collection of Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plans Returns.

VEGA wins three-year contract with French National Space Agency to develop Venµs project

VEGA Technologies SAS (VEGA), the specialist Professional Services Company, has teamed up with Atos Origin to secure a three-year contract from the French National Space Agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

Earth Observation News

1st announcement: Information day on ESA Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Initiative

The purpose of this information day is to introduce the concept and the content of an Integrated Application Promotion programme (IAP) and to describe the procedure that ESA will follow to implement the preparation of the IAP.

2007 CESA Gold Medal

A professor in Imperial’s Department of Physics has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) in recognition of the way he has put European space science on the world map.

Air France supplies satellite views of flights

Air France is showing its passengers satellite views of the countries, cities and terrain they are flying over, thanks to a new partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Astrium, Antrix to jointly tap small satellite sector

jointly tap the growing market in the EO services and small satellites sectors of the global space business

Chandrayaan-II to be finalised in 6 months

The Indian Space Research Organisation will finalise details of Chandrayaan-II in six months, said Chairman G. Madhavan Nair.

EIAST to launch DubaiSat-1 space project in 2008

Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), a Dubai government organization which aims to create the platform for scientific development and technological research in the UAE, has unveiled the various phases in the execution of its first satellite project, DubaiSat-1, in a press conference held today.

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.

Increasing interest for microsatellites

Commercial companies, universities, space research agencies such as NASA and ESA, are nowadays engaged in the development of a new spacecraft generation called microsatellites

Intermap Technologies on Schedule to Enable European Union with Geospatial Data in Support of INSPIRE Initiative

Intermap Technologies, Corp. announced that its commercial initiative to create a uniform high accuracy 3-D map of all of Western Europe called NEXTMap® Europe can enable geospatial professionals to meet mandates spelled-out in Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament.

Italian Defence Ministry to launch the Sicral 1B satellite

Fundamental growth is expected in the services sector in Europe with the demand from European government programmes is very likely to increase via programmes such as Galileo and GMES.

More than a map

Earth observation offers a new approach to sustainability

Sino-Brazilian Earth Observation Satellite

Third 02B satellite successfully launched by China

Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges

ISU’s 12th Annual Symposium

Water Quality Information, SISCAL

European scientists are making a wealth of satellite-derived data on water quality easily accessible.


50 Years of Space Age: United Nations to Celebrate World Space Week 2007

World Space Week: Space tours for children, special exhibition on 50 years of the space age and a forum “Civil Society and Outer Space”

A new milestone in the GMES Space Component Programme successfully achieved

With GMES, Europe will have a global environmental information system in place which will be unique in the world.

China to share disaster expertise

China: share information, technology and expertise to forecast natural disasters

Eight Continent Project to Integrate Space Business into Global Economy

The Eighth Continent Project, a program to integrate space technology and resources into the global economy was launched at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Space Resources

European polar satellite improving weather predictions

The European polar satellite MetOp-A, launched last year, is already improving weather predictions and will soon help global environmental and security monitoring.

Joint campaign prepares for Sentinel-2 and FLEX

Initial results from an ESA field campaign carried out in support of the development of two Earth-observation missions prove encouraging and potentially pave the way for future monitoring of the Earth’s surface.

Moderate-resolution imagery seen as important tool

The White House plans to deepen its commitment to the nation’s space-based land-imaging program, it said in a report last month.

Turkey and Ukraine sign treaty for space cooperation

Planning to make its first space launch in the coming years, Turkey has signed a new treaty with Ukraine for the collaborative production of spacecraft; the treaty covers a shared work area relating to the production of the spacecraft and nuclear energy.

Ukraine Space Program

The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a new space program for 2008-2012.


Events Autumn 2007

Calendar of Events in Autumn 2007.