Since the closing of the summer period our Earth Observation and Geo-information community has gained some strong additional momentum. The GMES conference in Lille organized under the French Presidency of the European Union has not only been a success in terms of organization and networking with about 860 participants, but also it has demonstrated the maturity of several applications and the support of all the important European institutions for GMES-KOPERNIKUS.

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Interview with Paul Weissenberg "Any steps forward in the European construction require patience and pragmatism. I am confident of succeeding in our enterprise"

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr Paul Weissenberg, Director in DG Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission

Industry Profile

Geosystems Polska Sp. z.o.o.

GEOSYSTEMS Polska Ltd. is remote sensing/photogrammetry and LIS/GIS consultancy and laboratory involved in various types of geographic data processing, spatial analysis and geovisualisation.

EARSC Activities

Business in Earth Observation: eoVox booklet

«an overview of market development and emerging applications»

EARSC Activities

EARSC has been undertaking various activities in the past months that are geared towards the realization of its objectives as an evolving association.

EARSC Mission

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

EARSC New Office

Moving Forward to Strengthen the Geoinformation Services Business

Member News

EUROSENSE maps cross-border metropolis data

EUROSENSE completed end 2007 the first cross-border Urban Atlas for the region of Courtrai, Tournai, Lille, Douai and Valenciennes. This map can be used as basic data layer for the recently founded Eurodistrict.


Basing its strength on the experience acquired during ESA Envisat Mission development and Ground Segment integration, the company aims to increase the competence on complex systems integration, testing and applications development specifically related to the Space sector.

Definiens News

Mapping the Habitats of Wales + Definiens integration to ESRI ArcGIS Image Server

First Commercial Satellite Constellation Successfully Launched

The next generation of earth observation and geoinformation services begin with RapidEye’s constellation of five satellites.

First large UltraCam-Xp project completed by Aerodata

19 September 2008, only one month after receiving its first Vexcel UltraCam- X prime (UCXp) digital camera, Aerodata completed its first large aerial surveying project using this system.


Crop-mapping + Gisat ISO compliant + FLOREO prevents flooding + COCONUT project

Harmless: Satellite Navigation for the management of forest fires

INSA, together with the Comunity of Madrid’s Forest Fighting Services, carried out a simulation to test the use of navigation systems for the management of forest fires in a real and controlled scenario, in a simulated emergency situation.

Infoterra Ltd enhances capability with acquisition of Imass Ltd

1st October 2008 – Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Imass Ltd, a provider of integrated information solutions for the UK public safety, manufacturing design and utility markets.

INNOVA presents the first interpretation results of COSMO-SkyMed SAR data

INNOVA Consorzio per l’Informatica e la Telematica in collaboration with ASI (Italian Space Agency) presented at the 14th Ka and Broadband Conference, held in Matera on the 24-26th September, the first results of a qualitative analysis of real COSMO-SkyMed SAR data with the aid of an open source tool, GSDView.

JAGUAR PLAN: Definition of a remote sensing strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean

INDRA ESPACIO invites European Earth Observation companies to submit proposals to participate in the tendering process for the PLAN JAGUAR miniprojects in the context of ESA’s EOMD programme. The call includes 4 small test projects (“miniprojects”) to cover different Earth Observation topics of interest for the development of European EO services in Latin America.

Kongsberg Spacetec news

September News

PCI Geomatics News

News September, October 2008

Saccess three months down the line

Spacemetric developed the Saccess satellite database over Sweden that was launched in late June 2008. After just three months it has nearly 900 users who have downloaded over 1.5 TB of imagery. Expansion to the other Nordic countries is now being studied

SciSys Delivers BNSC Study on Improving Access to the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”

SciSys has delivered the final report of a BNSC funded study on improving access to the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters (the Charter).

Telespazio acquires 40% of the French company Novacom Services SA

Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales company, has acquired a 40% stake in the French company Novacom Services SA, which is 60%-owned by Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a subsidiary of the French space agency CNES.

The Integra Project Gets the Green Light

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación) has approved the Integra Project (Migration Management Technology Research) in which GMV is participating.

TRE expands into North America

Tele-Rilevamento Europa (TRE) has established itself as a leading global provider of InSAR services thanks to its advanced PSInSAR™ technique, a radar remote sensing technology for monitoring surface deformation and ground movements.

VCS opens new Representation Office in Oberpfaffenhofen

With immediate effect, VCS Aktiengesellschaft has established an office in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.


VEGA Group PLC (VEGA), the specialist professional services company, has been awarded a three-year contract with a potential two-year extension, by the European Space Agency’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN). It is worth €3.45m during the first year, with a total value of €9.6m over the first three years.

Earth Observation News

China launches two satellites

China launched two satellites on Saturday 6 September 2008

China To Launch FY-4 Weather Satellite Around 2013

China plans to launch the first satellite of the Fengyun-4 (FY-4) series by 2013, said the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). The FY-4 project involves the country’s second-generation of geo-stationary meteorological satellites.

DMCii pioneers new framework for satellite imaging quality control

Remote sensing solution provider DMCii’s Chief Scientist, Dr Steve Mackin, has pioneered a new approach for deriving quality control indicators from Disaster Monitoring Constellation data. The new framework, which is being implemented by DMCii, holds great potential for quality control and consistency in multi-source imaging projects such as the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

European Defence Agency Has Growing Interest in Military Space

Source Space News, Peter B. de Selding, PARIS

GeoEye-1 on the orbit

Delta II rocket launched on September 6, 2008 the satellite GeoEye-1.

GMES Forum 2008 in Lille: Sessions and presentations

The webstreaming of the GMES Forum 2008 that took place in Lille on 16-17 September 2008 is now available online on the Europa website.

Google's Super Satellite Captures First Image

“We’re an Earth-imaging satellite, and we can sell our imagery to customers around the world who have a need to map and measure and monitor things on the ground”

Jason missions

Jason-2 meets its performance requirements

More than 40 Earth Observation satellites to work for GMES

ESA received 12 proposals offering to provide data from more than 40 Earth Observation satellites to GMES Services over the next years. Accordingly the fleet of GMES contributing missions is constantly increasing.

Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation Book, 6th Edition

Remote sensing is the science and art of obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon through the analysis of data acquired by a device that is not in contact with the object, area, or phenomenon under investigation. Providing an exciting introduction to the field, this book covers the science of remote sensing from physical basis to sensors and applications.

Successful services for Thai satellite

The Thai Earth observation satellite THEOS was finally launched from Yasny, Russia, on 1 October at 06:37 UTC.

UAE's first earth observation satellite ready for launch

The UAE’s first remote-sensing earth observation satellite, DubaiSat 1, is ready for launch later this year.

UK urged to fund climate project

The UK government has been urged to fund the next stage of a major European programme to monitor the effects of global climate change from space.


Competitiveness Council resolves to advance the European Space Policy

On 26 September, the Competitiveness Council adopted a resolution to advance Europe’s Space Policy. The resolution sets out four priority areas: space and climate change; space and security; space exploration; and the contribution of space to the Lisbon Strategy. The Member States highlighted in particular the importance of the rapid and successful implementation both of Galileo, the EU’s satellite navigation system, and GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).

EC-EUROPA Kopernikus

Website ec.europa.eu/kopernikus

EU publications

Current and historical documentation and publications on the European Commission’s Space Policy at ec.europa.eu

European Space Policy Progress Report 2008

Following the adoption of the Space Council Resolution in May 2007, this Report published on 11 September 2008 provides an overview on the main progress achieved in the first year of the implementation of the European Space Policy (ESP), as elaborated jointly by the European Commission and the
Director General of the European Space Agency (COM212).

FP7 Space Call

The objective of the FP7 space work programme is to support a European Space Policy focusing on applications such as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), with benefits for citizens, but also other space foundation areas for the competitiveness of the European space industry.

Ministers ask EU to guarantee access to space

In a resolution adopted on 26 September, European ministers responsible for space underlined the strategic importance of guaranteeing the continent’s political and technological independence on space and unveiled their ambition to make Europe one of the world’s leading space powers.

Taking forward the European Space Policy

At the fifth Space Council (joint meeting of EU and ESA Ministers in charge of space activities) of 26 September 2008, new priorities were identified for the European Space Policy, including climate change, contributions of space to the Lisbon Strategy, security and space exploration. Moreover, the Ministers stressed the need to set out the requirements for an action plan on Kopernikus implementation.

What is Kopernikus?

Kopernikus: Observing our planet for a safer world


Events Autumn 2008

Events Autumn 2008