On 29th June, the European Commission launched its communication on the Multi-Annual Financial perspective for 2014 to 2020. This sets out the budget for the EU over that period, the size of which has been a long running debate between the EC and the Member States. The Communication contained a core budget proposal as well as additional elements that would increase it. As most of you will know, GMES was excluded from the core of the MFF meaning that for the moment it has no funding allocated to it.

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Industry Profile

GRAS: Innovative mapping solutions

GRAS provides innovative mapping solutions worldwide based on satellite and aerial imagery

EARSC Activities

EOpages (beta release)

EOpages is a brokerage platform to help potential customers find suppliers whilst service providers will be able to promote their products.

Member News

Astrium Services News

Generic news from last weeks

Astrium Signs New GMES Contract With ESA

(19 september 2011) Astrium Services has signed a three-year contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the delivery of satellite images under the terms of the European GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment & Security) programme.

BMT ARGOSS and Tension Technology International partner to enhance OPTIMOOR

BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced a partnership with Tension Technology International (TTI) to develop improved functionality of the OPTIMOOR mooring analysis computer programme.

CHELYS Satellite Rapid Response System Elected as the Winner of the GMES Masters Best Service Challenge 2011

In emergency situations it is necessary to provide a response as quickly as possible. When the type of emergency depends on the use of satellite data, it then becomes necessary to plan their acquisition, processing and distribution, having teams ready 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, to respond to this type of situation.

Deimos-1 provides images to the "International Charter Space and Major Disasters" to support the estimate of the damage Hurricane Irene

The International Charter The International Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users.

DMCii news

DMCii expands rapid 22m satellite imaging service and NEW! NigeriaSat-2 VHR imagery

ESA-project on small linear features

A consortium led by GeoVille has been awarded an ESA contract to develop a methodology for the extraction of small linear features from high resolution satellite images (IMAGE2006).

Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement in Earth Observation with Annual Awards for Excellence

September 22, 2011 – Industry pays tribute to winners at Symposium on Earth Observation as part of World Satellite Business Week


Eurosense recent news on monitoring roads in Congo, the GMES Masters, Thermography of Ghent (BE) and Malareo.

Flooding in North Dakota (e-geos)

The Souris River, which snakes through the center of the northwestern North Dakota city, after being swelled by heavy spring snowmelt and rain on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, reached record levels on June 22nd, 2011 and last month overran most of the city’s protective levees and flooded more than 4,000 homes. More than 11,000 people were forced to evacuate, a quarter of the city

GIM: Unique GeoEye-1 and IKONOS End of Year Promotion

GIM is very pleased to inform you of the launch of a special End of Year Promotion applicable to all GeoEye-1 and IKONOS products

Gisat latest news

News about: Support To Topology, Filling the gap in landscape mapping or Gisat contribution to EEA-FOEN report on landscape fragmentatoin in Europe

Indra tries in Madrid and Seville space technology to detect heat islands

Indra has led in Spain the Heat Islands European project oriented to study the benefits of using Earth observation satellite imaging to study the climate in urban areas.

PanGeo: Enabling Access to Geological Information in Support of GMES

PanGeo is a 3-year FP7 GMES Downstream Services Collaborative project that started 1st February 2011 with the objective of enabling free and open access to geohazard information in support of GMES. This will be achieved by providing an INSPIRE-compliant, free, online geohazard information service for the two largest towns in each EU country (Cyprus and Luxembourg only one) = 52 towns in total (~13% of EU population).

PCI latest news

News about Lotus (H&R) and PCI Geomatics, Geomatica Software Suite, eoImaging Accelerator Technology

RapidEye Secures Multimillion Euro ESA Contract

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, October 14, 2011 – RapidEye, a leader in wide area, repetitive coverage of Earth through its constellation of five satellites announced today that it has secured a multimillion Euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Rapideye September news

News about … Iunctus Group Acquires Assets of RapidEye AG, and NGA Contract Awarded to RapidEye

RapidEye's EyeFind

RapidEye’s EyeFind tool provides online viewing access to the complete RapidEye archive of Earth Obersvation imagery.

ReSAC activity in the preliminary flood risk assessment in Bulgaria

In the middle of September 2011 ReSAC won a tender and signed a contract with the Basin Directorate for Water Management in the Danube region to the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water

ScanEX latest news

Latest news

Softwaresolution LiS by LASERDATA GmbH, Austria

LASERDATA LIS is a software suite for the management, analysis and distribution of LiDAR data (TLS / MLS / ALS) both in point and raster format. Especially the flexibility of the software is of great importance.

Spacemetric news

News about: Java Software Engineers, Spacemetric Netherlands BV, Nigeriasat-2 commissioning, Video management systems to Swedish Army.

Spacetec September news

Eumetsat and Barentswatch contracts or September newsletter

The new made in Puglia satellite for Environment and Surveillance

In the framework of the POR FESR 2007-2013 (Regional Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013) Puglia Region has approved SHIRA Program Agreement. SHIRA Program is focused on the study of a high-resolution thermal infrared Earth Observation satellite and the design of a Data Fusion Centre located in Puglia.

The satellite DEIMOS 1 has orbited the Earth 10,700 times and has recorded 7,800 images during the first two years since its launch

(Valladolid, 20 September 2011) The satellite Deimos 1 has orbited the Earth 10,700 times and has recorded 7,800 images during the first two years since its launch.


Vito contribution at the International Year Forest, DevCoCast final meeting and APEX campaigns…

VITO: Announcement of Opportunity: “Working with 15 YEARS OF SPOT-VEGETATION – A PhD Thesis topic”

The SPOT/VEGETATION programme is the result of a space collaboration between various European partners: Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and the European Commission.
The programme consists of two optical multispectral instruments in orbit, VEGETATION 1 and VEGETATION 2, respectively launched in 1998 and 2002, as well as the necessary ground infrastructures.

Workshop: GMES Land products developed in Geoland2

Requirements and examples of products for analysis at a European and regional level

Earth Observation News

50% more satellites to be launched in the decade ahead

Government demand continues to drive the market, but remains concentrated in a handful of countries

Aquarius Yields NASA'S First Global Map Of Ocean Salinity

NASA’s new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission’s anticipated discoveries. Aquarius, which is aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D (Satelite de Aplicaciones Cienticas) observatory, is making NASA’s first space observations of ocean surface salinity variations – a key component of Earth’s climate. Salinity changes are linked to the cycling of freshwater around the planet and influence ocean circulation.


Arkon satellites

Around The World – 50 000 Times

(23 September 2011) ESA’s Envisat observation satellite yesterday completed its 50 000th circuit of Earth – travelling 2.25 billion km since its launch nearly a decade ago.

Article: A HIPPO Takes to the Skies to Taste Earth's Atmosphere

Researchers across the globe launched the 5-phase HIPPO (HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observation) project to provide this perspective; having generated the first detailed mapping — both vertically and across latitudes — of the global distribution of greenhouse gases, black carbon and related chemical species in the atmosphere.

Astrium Lands EU Earth Observation Data Contract

PARIS — Astrium Services’ Geo-Information division announced Sept. 19 it will provide data from its optical and radar Earth observation satellites to the commission of the 27-nation European Union (EU) under a three-year contract valued at 17 million euros ($23.5 million).

Certifying Organic Crops From Space

Organic agriculture provides healthy food and protects the environment by practicing methods that avoid the widespread dissemination of chemicals. ESA is now helping to develop the use of satellite images for certifying crops as organic.

China Launches Maritime Satellite

Haiyang-2 successfully launched in August

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2012

23-26th of January 2012, Westminster, London

Degraded weather forecasts a certainty in 2017

A gap in polar-satellite earth observation satellites will in all probability occur despite a last minute infusion of funds into the Joint Polar Satellite System, according to a Sept. 30 Commerce Department office of inspector general report.

DigitalGlobe And Ball Aerospace Successfully Complete Critical Design Review For WorldView-3

(3 October 2011) DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. jointly announced today they successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for DigitalGlobe’s next generation remote-sensing satellite, WorldView-3.

DigitalGlobe Named Earth Observation Operator of the Year

Euroconsult is a leading global research and analyst firm specializing in the satellite sector. Its annual awards for Excellence in Satellite Management honor companies for outstanding achievement. Awards are presented each September in Paris at World Satellite Business Week. A jury of industry experts applies rigorous quantitative and qualitative standards to determine award winners.

DubaiSat-1 transmits images from Mirny Mine

DUBAI — DubaiSat-1, the UAE-owned and operated earth observation satellite, has relayed a pan-shaped, multi-spectral image of the Mirny Mine in Russia, the largest open pit diamond mine in the world.

ERDAS: Earth to Business News September 11

Earth to Business is released monthly as an e-mail newsletter. Most of our SWM-Customers receive the newsletter via ERDAS direct mailing service.


Decommissioning has been completed successfully

ESA and OHB System signed the Extension to the contract for the development of the Small GEO geostationary satellite platform

29.09.2011. The European Space Agency ESA and OHB System AG, an OHB company, have signed a rider to the contract for the development of the SmallGEO geostationary satellite platform today. The Extension signed has a value of ca. EUR 14 million.

ESA’s Eduspace updated and improved

The “Eduspace” website of the European Space Agency (ESA) has been recently updated and improved with new case studies, which are the cornerstone of the website.

European Environment Agency Embraces Sensors and Systems

The European Environment Agency is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating environmental policy for 32 member countries in the European Union. As part of their mandate, they look closely at adapting environmental governance due to our rapidly changing world. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of this agency, at the recent Esri International User Conference where she gave a keynote about her agency’s lead role on sensors and systems, and about the growing need to mitigate impacts on the environment.

GEO News

(Issue #16, 11 October 2011)

GeoEye and TerraGo Team Up to Offer Spatial Imagery on the Go

According to Frost & Sullivan analyst Daniel Longfield: “The explosion in the collection of advanced imagery and other spatial data and its consumption by non-GIS experts necessitates solutions to make data-rich intelligence more conveniently available and actionable by the broader enterprise and in the field.” , extracted from Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.

Geographical Information System Market in Europe 2010-2014

TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Geographical Information System market in Europe to grow at a CAGR of 9.5 percent over the period 2010–2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the initiative to create a borderless Europe. The Geographical Information System market in Europe has also been witnessing an increasing utilization of GIS for transportation management (road, rail, and air traffic).

GMES Masters Online Audience Selects SRRS as Best Service 2011

The winning service of the first GMES Masters Best Service Challenge performs real-time processing of satellite data making it instantly available for users and researchers who need to respond quickly in emergency situations. From 25 services, the audience chose SRRS – Satellite Rapid Response System as the most beneficial services for European citizens.

Industry Work on satellite Earth Observation for Re/Insurance

23-24 February, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Japanese meteorological firm to launch satellite to track Arctic sea ice

Japanese Weathernews will launch a satellite in September 2012 that will provide navigational services to ships travelling along the Russian and North American coasts in the Arctic Ocean, the newspaper Nikkei reported.

MundoGEO#Connect 2012 event counts on global brands as sponsors

The second edition of MundoGEO#Connect (http://mundogeoconnect.com/2012/), the largest event of the geotechnologies sector of Latin America, has its dates already set: from May 29th to May 31st, 2012, at Frei Caneca Convention Center, in São Paulo (SP).

New UK projects to observe Earth from space

The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI), with funding from the Space Agency of the United Kingdom, has awarded contracts to eight industrial and academic teams around the country to develop new satellite technologies for observing the Earth from space.

Nigeria’s new satellite demonstrates stunning high resolution capability

The first high resolution satellite imagery is today released from NigeriaSat-2, as engineers from the Nigerian space agency (NASRDA) and the satellite’s manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) continue in the successful commissioning of the new satellite from NASRDA’s headquarters in Abuja.

Orbiting standards lab could improve climate predictions

Policy makers would be much better placed to combat the effects of global warming if scientists had access to accurate measurements of the Earth’s radiation balance from a dedicated satellite, claims an international group of physicists.

Public Contracts and Higher Resolution Imagery Spur Earth Observation Market

New NSR Report Forecasts EO Market to Grow to $10.5 Billion Over Next Decade

Russia may launch its first Earth remote sensing satellite in 2012

Russia’s first Earth remote sensing satellite, the Kondor, may be launched in January 2012, a space official said on Thursday.

Satellites going local: 30 regions, cities and SMEs share good practice

“Satellites Going Local – 30 Regions, Cities and SMEs share good practice” is a collection of selected success stories of pioneering local or regional authorities and SMEs who have put satellite applications to work in delivering their professional goals in variety of fields such as environment, transport, health, urban and rural development, and others

Satellites predict city hot spots

Satellites are helping to forecast the location of urban areas most affected during heat waves, helping planners to design cooler, more comfortable cities.

Sofradir wins military satellite IR detector contract

“Multi-million” euro agreement covers engineering and flight model phases of a next-generation optical payload for Earth observation.

Space Technologies: from New Capabilities to Current Issues

The Industrial age has been succeeded by the Information age, which defined social, economic and political relations in a different way.

Spatial Data Infrastructure-Education project to train spatial planners

Each Member State has to transpose the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) Directive into its national legislation and to develop the interoperable services allowing the management and sharing of spatial data. There will be also requirements on spatial planning to accept the implementation rules of INSPIRE Directive.

SSTL redefines the cost of radar imaging with NovaSAR-S

(3 October 2011) Small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has today announced completion of the development phase of its new low-cost Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite system. Called NovaSAR-S, the system offers customers coverage of any spot on Earth in all conditions – seeing through cloud cover across both day and night.

SWIFT E-News n°19

11th October 2011

Trimble's Introduces eCognition 8.7 Software With Powerful New Information Extraction Capabilities for Geospatial Data

NUREMBERG, Germany, Sept. 27, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced the release of eCognition 8.7, a new version of its advanced software suite designed to extract information from a range of geospatial data including images, point clouds and Geographic Information System (GIS) vectors.

UK-built NigeriaSat-2 shows off its vision

The most powerful UK-built imaging spacecraft ever sent into orbit has been demonstrating its capability.

UN-Spider September News

UN-SPIDER September 2011 Updates.

Uncertain climate models impair long-term climate strategies

New calibration satellite required to make accurate predictions, say scientists

Understanding the Drivers and Consequences of Global Urbanization using Emerging Remote Sensing Technologies

By Fabio Dell’Acqua, Elizabeth A. Wentz, Soe W. Myint, Maik Netzband, source earthzine


Broader and improved access to satellite data is boosting the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme.

The aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This will improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and support decision-making in emergency and crisis situations.

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay for its 2011 Third Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest. This year’s contest theme is “How Can Earth Observation Help Us to Build a More Sustainable World?”

EU Space Policy

Exchange of views on future EU space policy at the European Parliament

FP7 space research projects available on your smartphone

The Space Research & Development Unit of DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission has taken Space Research to the smart phone platform (iPhone & Android).

GMES Emergency Management Service

Three calls published for the mapping activities of the GIO Emergency Management Service

GMES Masters - High Participation in the First European Earth Monitoring Competition

More than 100 ideas have been submitted to the first GMES Masters Competition between 1 July and 15 September 2011.

NASA Readies New Type Of Earth-Observing Satellite For Launch

(12 October 2011) NASA is planning an Oct. 27 launch of the first Earth-observing satellite to measure both global climate changes and key weather variables.

NPP Kicks Off New Earth Observation Era

HOUSTON — The U.S. is preparing to launch a developmental spacecraft designed to preview a long-delayed network of satellites for weather forecasting, storm tracking and climate-change studies.

Report from the EC “on the implementation of the remote sensing applications and on the use of the financial resources made available to it"

The remote-sensing applications supported provide useful information to the European Commission, to interested Member States, to research institutes and to other users, through the dissemination of different products.

Roadmap for INSPIRE data specifications development

INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) data specifications reached an important milestone in June 2011 with the delivery of the Data Specifications Version 2.0, the launch of the stakeholder consultation and the start of the proposed specifications testing.

Watch the Earth observation training course online

Future Earth observation scientists: learn about using satellite data for science and applications development.


Events Autumn 2011

Events Autumn 2011