While the environmental consciousness is increasing in the public and in political circles, the remote sensing techniques and systems are considered more and more as essential tools to help manage our planet. With the start by the European institutions and Industry of the Sentinels satellite programs, in 2007 for Sentinel-1 and in April 2008 for Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3, Europe is setting the cornerstone of its future operational Earth Observation program of Global Monitoring of Environment and Security, in the footsteps of the successful European Meteorological operational program.

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Can EO-based businesses expand profitably in Europe?

EO based businesses will still involve a lot of new knowledge acquisition. Hence, uncertainty will be rooted in the business plans since the process of “environmental” R&D cannot be split into neat pieces, and the knowledge in the various disciplines needed to solve business issues is very often tacit or intuitive, which makes collective learning very difficult….
…by Serge Galant,TECHNOFI. Paper EARSC Galant 07 04 08.pdf


Interview with Rainer Horn from Space Tec Capital Partners

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Rainer Horn from SpaceTec Capital Partners AG.

Industry Profile

EUROSENSE: Experts in Geo-Information Services

EUROSENSE is a prominent commercial and highly specialised remote sensing organization, existing since 1964. Besides profound experience in aerial photogrammetry, digital orthophotography, cartography, hydrography, GIS and other products and services in a broad range of applications, EUROSENSE has built high credibility in the processing of satellite remote sensing data.

EARSC Activities


EARSC´s MISSION is to foster the development of the European geo-information service industry.

EARSC welcomes new members!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome two new Members in our Association: INNOVA Consorzio per l’Informatica e la Telematica (IT) and Institut de Geomática (SP)

How to publish your articles/events at EOmag?

Content for publication is welcomed and can be submitted at any time for consideration. Let us help you bring your article to the world.

Is GMES an opportunity for the service industry?

The workshop organised by EARSC, in collaboration with the EC-GMES Bureau and ESA and held on March 19 in Brussels, was successful in that it lived up to the main objective identifying the positioning of the different players and their respective functions and raising the question to stakeholders “Is GMES an opportunity for the service industry?”

One of the workshop’s main strengths, warmly acknowledged by speakers and attendees alike, proved to be its relevance to the representatives from the EO industry community and institutions who were all there to discuss the future opportunities for the Service Industry whether through the Core or the Downstream services.

Member News

Aerodata News

Aerodata adds Ultracam-X to their camera stable + Many Spanish cities now high-res on Google Earth, flown by Aerodata.

Aurensis News

GESEIN and AURENSIS develop a system for the Spanish Ministry of Development + The Spanish Ministry of Developments entrusts Aurensis a management system + Events

EADS Astrium signs an agreement to acquire Surrey Satellite Technology Limited from the University of Surrey

EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, has entered into an agreement to acquire the innovative University of Surrey spin-out company Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), which specialises in the design and manufacture of small and micro satellites.

GAF AG successfully completes consultancy for CRITC in Indonesia

GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information company, has completed its consultancy services including technical assistance, know-how transfer, provision of skills and experience in the fields of coral reef ecology, coral reef management, GIS, web and institutional strengthening to the headquarters of CRITC in Gedung LIPI, Cikini, Jakarta and 8 districts in Sumatra.

GEOSYSTEMS France Partners with Definiens

Definiens, the number one Enterprise Image Intelligence™ company today announced it has teamed up with GEOSYSTEMS France SARL, the leading French provider of remote sensing, photogrammetry, 3D visualisation and spatial data management software solutions and services. Under the terms of this partner agreement, GEOSYSTEMS France becomes an authorized reseller of Definiens technology and will distribute the Definiens Enterprise Image Intelligence Suite in France and in French-speaking African countries.

GeoVille & Infoterra obtain user funded extension of ESA-GSE Land

“Responsible for the protection of soils in Lower Saxony, the State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) looked for a comprehensive land take monitoring service. The products generated by GeoVille through the ESA-GSE Land project fitted our needs but were limited to certain regions. Therefore we decided to order these geo-information products for the entire State as critical input to our soil information system.” Dr. Marion Gunreben – LBEG; Hannover, Germany

GISAT news

Gisat has successfully concluded first year acting as service provider in the RESPOND project – focusing on delivery of geospatial products for humanitarian and development aid. Gisat has utilized its previous experiences in this area and became the first partner from the new EU members joining this alliance.

Indra will implement the Pleidaes Space Programme's ground segment for euros 13.7 M euros

This contract reaffirms the Government’s trust in Indra, who previously developed the ground segment of the Helios Earth Observation programme

Infoterra Group expands into Spain

Astrium announced that it has entered into a joint-venture with the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC), the Catalan official mapping agency, and Hisdesat, a space services provider, to create Infoterra Servicios de Geoinformación SA (Infoterra SGSA).

Infoterra Ltd to map overhead powerline network for E.ON Central Networks

Infoterra Ltd to map overhead powerline network for E.ON Central Networks

Kongsberg Spacetec News

MEOS Polar for EARS installed in Lannion for Meteo France + ENVISAT ASAR and RADARSAT SAR Processing system for EDISOFT

Land Use Maps for European Urban Areas:Regione Veneto Case History

SAT Expo Europe is the Space and Advanced Telecommunications International Showroom, happened last March 26-28, 2008 in the new fair complex of Rome, Italy.

NPA becomes part of the Fugro Group

NPA has become part of the Fugro Group

PCI Geomatics News

Add-On Modules – WorldView-1 and TerraSAR-X + PCI Geomatics webinars + Geomatica GeoRaster Loader

ReSAC - the Bulgarian partner of the BulgaRisk Project: Integration of satellite imagery in the operational procedures of hazard management in Bulgaria

ReSAC, together with BulgaRisk Project partners – organised a training seminar for the Bulgarian administration focused on the use of Earth Observation data and GIS for disaster management.

SAR-Lupe Soars Into Orbit To Join Constellation

Thales Alenia Space welcomed the successful launch of the fourth SAR-Lupe satellite, which occurred at 18:15 hours from Plesetsk on March 27th.

Satellite-based Earth observation entering expansion phase with record high of nearly 200 satellites expected to be launched by 2017: Nascent private sector and emerging government programs fuelling growth

Euroconsult, the leading international research and analyst firm specialized in the satellite sector, announced that the satellite-based Earth observation sector is entering a new expansion phase.

Spacemetric News

Spacemetric News

Tele-Rivamento Europa - TRE News

TRE expands into North America + TRE to provide the first interferometric database on a national scale

Telespazio purchases Spanish company Aurensis

Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales company, has acquired full control of Aurensis SL, a Spanish company specialized in technologies for territorial applications and aerial, satellite and Earth observation services.

What makes Definiens Developer different?

Test the most advanced object-based image analysis software available to GIS Professionals: Definiens Developer

Earth Observation News

Announcing a new ERDAS, Earth to Business Company

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging today announced that it has changed its name to ERDAS, Inc.

Bluesky aerial maps investigate structural damage

Bluesky aerial maps help investigation of structural damage to new homesLeicestershire, UK, 25 March 2008 – Aerial survey specialist Bluesky is supplying the UKs NHBC (National House-Building Council) with aerial photographs to assist in investigations of structural defects in new homes.

Book on SDIs in Europe: Use and Necessity of INSPIRE

Ian Masser’s book, ‘Building European Data Infrastructures,’ can be read as a plea for more cooperation between European governments to collect and share geo-information through one digital geo-portal. To achieve this goal the EU created the INSPIRE project, in place since the end of 2006.

Data quality for GEOSS: condicio sine qua non.

In the last decade, the value of Earth Observation (EO) to society has significantly grown among both the public at large and policy makers worldwide.

DigitalGlobe changes the rules for world imagery

Imagine getting the precision world images you need faster and more affordably than ever before. Now you can!

First weather satellite, TIROS I, launched 48 years ago

The Television Infrared Observation Satellite I (TIROS-I) was launched on April 1, 1960, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

India to launch remote sensing satellite this month

India will later this month launch a remote sensing satellite equipped with high-resolution cameras and advanced scientific instruments, space agency officials said.

Microsoft Partners with Institut Géographique National to Advance Digital Mapping in France

Institut Géographique National (IGN), a French leader in cartography and aerial imagery, and Microsoft Corp announced a five-year partnership at Geo-événement 2008, a leading trade show for geo-information specialists in France.

Million Euro Dutch Contract for BKS

BKS Surveys Ltd has recently been awarded a major contract by the Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, Rijkswaterstaat, Data-ICT-Dienst for the supply of AHN2 Digital Ground model for Parcel No.2 in the North of The Netherlands.

New portrait of Earth shows land cover as never before

A new global portrait taken from space details Earth’s land cover with a resolution never before obtained.

OGC Announces Call for Sponsors and Alliances in Interoperability Initiatives

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued calls for sponsors of two interoperability initiatives: the OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) Testbed, and the OGC Pilot in support of GEOSS.

Satellite data on table of executives

The new direction of space geoinformatics started to progress in Russia and in the world, pertaining to the creation of geoportals and web-map services.

Satellites take sustainability to new heights

Shell Canada has incorporated Earth Observation data into its Sustainable Development Report, demonstrating the potential of satellites to provide a global and cost-effective way to measure objectively the sustainability of business activities.

Space Economy To Exceed US$ 250 Billion In 2008 As World Embraces Next Business Frontier

The Space Economy, defined as the full range of economic activities in the course of exploring, understanding and utilising space, has become the next great frontier for business growth exceeding US$ 250 billion, according to Tuesday’s report by the Space Foundation, a non-profit research and education association.

Spanish Chair For ESA Council 2008-09

Maurici Lucena, Director General of CDTI (the Spanish Innovation Agency, which belongs to the Ministry of Industry Tourism and Trade) will chair the ESA Council for the next two years effective from 1 July.

Species monitoring seen helping slow extinctions

A planned new network to monitor life on earth from microbes to whales could help guide governments struggling to slow extinctions

TechSAR satellite

Israel launched a radar satellite acquiring imagery with spatial resolution of 10cm


Contract signed for ESA’s Sentinel-3 earth observation satellite

(Apr 14) ESA PR 22-2008. The European Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space today signed a €305 million contract to provide the first Sentinel-3 earth observation satellite, devoted to oceanography and land-vegetation monitoring, as part of the European GMES programme. As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space is responsible for the satellite’s design, development and integration.

EU plans to reinforce disaster response capacity by end 2008

Better disaster response – at home and abroad

French Norwegian Space Forum, Oslo

(April 14). Notes from Ambassador, President d’Escatha, Director Andersen at the French Norwegian Space Forum, Oslo.

New 'European Space policy' site launched

This website will present the latest information on European Space Policy as it develops and is implemented.

OECD: World must act on climate change

This report recommends that governments create policies such as “green taxes” that encourage sound, environmentally friendly technologies and practices.

Satellites take sustainability to new heights

Since 2005 ESA has been working with large multinational companies for the Earth Observation Support for Corporate Sustainable Development Reporting project to help them improve their environmental performance.

Space Sentinels: New Tools In Space To Improve European Environment And Security Policies

(Feb 28). ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and European Commission Director General for Enterprise and Industry Heinz Zourek signed in Brussels an agreement which establishes the allocation of an EC budget of 624 million euros to ESA as a contribution to the implementation of the GMES Space Component (GSC)

Support for International polar year research

The French Space agency CNES and Spot Image support several research projects in the International Polar Year, with SPOT’s High Resolution Spectroscopic (HRS) instrument.