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Interview with Dr. Michel Verbauwhede, ESA - GMES programme Office (Brussels)

GMES offers an enormous opportunity for industry, and ESA needs
the support of the servicing industry: besides some core services, GMES
will deliver a wealth of data that can be further used by industry to
develop additional value-added services.


Interview with Dr. Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes

Dr. Volker Liebig talks extensively about ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes in an exclusive interview for EARSC

Industry Profile

NEO: interpretation and processing of satellite imagery into useful information

NEO is an innovative independent Dutch company, established in 1996 and
based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

EARSC Activities

Call for Membership

Following an internal strategy, the European Association of Remote
Sensing Companies (EARSC) has started an intensive partnership’s

EARSC General Assembly Meeting

The EARSC Annual Meeting and General Assembly took place on June 30 in
Brussels. About 20 Members took part in the meeting and contributed to
the familiar and interesting event.

EARSC welcomes sixteen new Members!

Following a Membership Campaign, the EARSC Board is glad to welcome the
new Members in our Association.

Europe Needs a framework for Earth Observation

Setting space funding priorities is a problem on both sides of the
Atlantic. While the US struggles with whether to keep operating two of
the most extraordinary space missions ever undertaken – Voyager and
HUBBLE – Europe is reaching a turning point in 2005 with a key European
Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial conference and the definition of the
European Union‘s 2007-2013 financial package.

Member News

Alcatel and Finmeccanica Finalise the Creation of New Joint Ventures

PRNewswire-FirstCall – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and
NYSE: ALA) and Finmeccanica (Milano: SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) announced
the successful creation of two new joint ventures effective as of July
1st 2005: Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio Holding.

Applied Research for the Integrated Management of Risks

Spacedat, a high technological applied research company that uses state
of the art innovative satellite and G.I.S instruments, continues
investing on industrial research.

Definiens appoints Sinclair Knight Merz as eCognition for Australia & NewZ

Definiens AG today
announced an agreement with Sinclair Knight Merz, an Australia-based
professional services firm, to serve as a reseller of eCognition
products for Australia and New Zealand.

EADS signs contract with Vietnamese government for the supply of a satellite-based environmental and natural resources monitoring system

- Reaffirmation of EADS’ leadership in ground systems for satellite remote sensing
– The first operational integrated remote sensing system to include major civil applications and risk prevention
– The most comprehensive project in Asia in terms of creating a monitoring infrastructure for land use management

European Space Imaging joins forces with Euromap expanding product range to include high and medium resolution RESOURCESAT-1 imagery

European Space Imaging announced that the company has started the
distribution of imagery from the new IRS-RESOURCESAT-1 satellite to
customers in Europe and North Africa.

GAF AG establishes Coral Reef Information and Training Centers (CRITC) in Indonesia

GAF is active in Indonesia under contract for the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program, Phase II.

GeoVille generated MERIS mosaic of Europe for ESA

The Innsbruck-based company GeoVille recently produced a true-colour
Envisat MERIS mosaic of Europe under a contract with the European Space

MEOS NOAA and METOP receiving and processing stations to the DMI

Kongsberg Spacetec has signed a contract with the Danish Meteorological
Institute for delivery of two ground stations capable of receiving and
processing data from NOAA and METOP satellites (June 2005).

NPA to lead GMES Terrafirma Stage 2

Terrafirma is a pan-european ground motion information service in
support of policies aimed at saving lives, improving safety and
reducing economic loss.

Reinhold Lutz succeeds Evert Dudok at EADS Astrium

Reinhold Lutz (54) succeeds Mr. Dudok as Senior Vice-President of EADS
Astrium’s international Earth Observation, Navigation & Science
business unit.

SABOCO: “Satellites in Border Cooperation”

Concerning the high importance of borders and border areas, EUROSENSE
wants to provide specific geo-information, with focus on “cross-border
cooperation” and “security”, by means of the project SABOCO.

SAGACAP: “Satellites in a Generic Agricultural Control Approach”

Concerning the CAP-reform and the accession of several new
EU-countries, SAGACAP wants to generalize and optimize EUROSENSE’s
agricultural control-service to make it applicable to the new market

SciSys shows regulation solution at GC2005

Regulators are under increasing pressure to find more effective
and efficient approaches to regulation.

Spot Image and ImageONE signed channel partnership agreement for distribution of FORMOSAT-2 data

Spot Image and ImageONE have signed a commercial partnership agreement
giving ImageONE exclusive rights to distribute FORMOSAT-2 data to the
entire Japanese market.

Spot Image Appoints New Chairman & CEO

At the meeting of its Board
of Directors 22 June, Spot Image named Hervé Buchwalter as its new
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as of 1 July.

Earth Observation News

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Concludes 48th Session in Vienna

Agreement on Contribution to the 2005 World Summit Reached; Space and Water Discussed.

EU-US Summit promotes cooperation using civilian space-based technologies

On 20 June 2005, a summit between the European Union and the United
States of America brought together the Prime Minister and current
President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission
President José Manuel Barroso, and US President George W. Bush in
Washington D.C.

Governments should use space more effectively to address society's needs

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report advising governments to use space technology more wisely in order to address civil needs.

New UNOSAT website with enhanced ergonomy, functionalities and databases

UNOSAT is a United Nations initiative to provide the humanitarian community with access to satellite imagery and Geographic Information System (GIS) services.

Space observation to improve risk management of landslides, avalanches and floods in Alpine regions

Under the 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6) activity ‘Global
Monitoring for Environment and Security’ (GMES), the Commission will
provide €1.1m support for a new research project, called “ASSIST”, on
improving risk warning and risk management of landslides, avalanches,
debris flows and floods in Alpine regions.

UNEP Atlas - One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

One Planet, Many People is intended for environmental policy makers,
non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academics, teachers
and citizens.


Communication sketching aspects of the forthcoming European Space Policy

For the first time the document reveals the likely components of the policy, namely: a strategy outlining objectives; a definition of the roles and responsibilities of the main actors; a European Space Programme identifying the priorities of the main actors; and a set of implementing principles.

EOMD continues to support the EO Service Industry

Earth Observation Market Development (EOMD) is an element of activity within the Earth Observation Envelope Program (EOEP) of the European Space Agency. Since 2000, EOMD has been working directly with the EO Service Industry to support European and Canadian companies in the marketing and business development of geo-information services from EO data.

Profile of the Seventh Framework Programme:

This central theme is inspired directly by the stated desire to make
the ‘Lisbon Strategy’ a success and to set out the “growth triangle”
formed by research, education and innovation policy.

UK presidency launches R&D portal with FP7 as top priority

At an important juncture for EU research policy, this month saw the inauguration of the UK Presidency’s R&D and innovation portal. Top billing on the Union’s research agenda during Britain’s six-month stint at the helm goes to the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).