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.Keep reading...
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
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.
«an overview of market development and emerging applications»
EARSC has been undertaking various activities in the past months that are geared towards the realization of its objectives as an evolving association.
EARSC´s MISSION is to foster the development of the European geo-information service industry.
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.
The next generation of earth observation and geoinformation services begin with RapidEye’s constellation of five satellites.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Source Space News, Peter B. de Selding, PARIS
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.
“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”
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 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.
The Thai Earth observation satellite THEOS was finally launched from Yasny, Russia, on 1 October at 06:37 UTC.
The UAE’s first remote-sensing earth observation satellite, DubaiSat 1, is ready for launch later this year.
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.
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).
Current and historical documentation and publications on the European Commission’s Space Policy at ec.europa.eu
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).
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.
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.
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.
Events Autumn 2008