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.
Dr. Volker Liebig talks extensively about ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes in an exclusive interview for EARSC
NEO is an innovative independent Dutch company, established in 1996 and
based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.
Following an internal strategy, the European Association of Remote
Sensing Companies (EARSC) has started an intensive partnership’s
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.
Following a Membership Campaign, the EARSC Board is glad to welcome the
new Members in our Association.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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 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 is active in Indonesia under contract for the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program, Phase II.
The Innsbruck-based company GeoVille recently produced a true-colour
Envisat MERIS mosaic of Europe under a contract with the European Space
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).
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 (54) succeeds Mr. Dudok as Senior Vice-President of EADS
Astrium’s international Earth Observation, Navigation & Science
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.
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
Regulators are under increasing pressure to find more effective
and efficient approaches to regulation.
Spot Image and ImageONE have signed a commercial partnership agreement
giving ImageONE exclusive rights to distribute FORMOSAT-2 data to the
entire Japanese market.
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.
Agreement on Contribution to the 2005 World Summit Reached; Space and Water Discussed.
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
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.
UNOSAT is a United Nations initiative to provide the humanitarian community with access to satellite imagery and Geographic Information System (GIS) services.
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.
One Planet, Many People is intended for environmental policy makers,
non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academics, teachers
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.
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.
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).