Thanks to your involvement the year 2005 has been very fruitful for our association and for the development of Earth Observation in Europe.

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Interview with Mr. Marco Malacarne- Head of Unit for Space research and applications at European Commission

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the excellent opportunity of
including an interview with Mr. Marco Malacarne- Head of Unit for Space
research and applications at European Commission. First of all, thank
you for taking some time from your busy agenda and giving us the
occasion to talk about some aspects relevant for the European Earth
Observation sector.

Industry Profile

Planetek Italia S.r.l.

Integrated Geographical Data Management Systems
Planetek Italia has been founded in 1994 positioning itself in the emerging market on the integration of satellite Earth Observation data within Geographical Information System. The company approach has always been a user centric one, fostering an alignment of the technology with the customer needs. In few years the company became a very well known brand within the European Research and Development arena, becoming an important contractor of the European Space Agency in the field of Earth Observation services development. More recently several opportunities in the field of Security and Natural Risk mitigation and management entered the scope of the company. A culture of organization, quality management and sound financial administration characterize the business model of Planetek Italia s.r.l.

EARSC Activities

EARSC event: Industry's Role in GMES

EARSC and AAAF are pleased to announce a one-day workshop dedicated to the
subject of “Industry‘s role in GMES”.
The workshop is to be held in Paris on March 21st 2006.

EARSC welcomes sixteen new members!

Following a Membership Campaign, the EARSC Board is glad to welcome 16 new Companies and Organizations in our Association.

eoVox: Strengthening the Voice of the Euro/Canadian Earth Observation Industry

The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently concluded an in-depth survey of the European and Canadian EO service industry. Some 75 small Value-Adding Companies (VACs) participated in the survey to produce the most detailed picture to date on the state and health of this industry sector. One of the results that emerge is that the industry is facing a number of challenges concerning its structure/scale, its service offerings and its industrial presence (see eomd.esa.int).

Member News

50 years of commitment with innovation

SENER completes this years his 50th anniversary; fifty years of
commitment to quality and innovation. Founded in 1956 by Enrique de
Sendagorta, SENER was the first Spanish private engineering company
that burst into the economic panorama then, trying to fill the existing
emptiness of engineering of these characteristics in the national

Aerodata completes 100% digital aerial photography of the Netherlands

Last October 18th, 2005 Aerodata Int. Surveys successfully completed
the countrywide digital aerial data acquisition of the Netherlands. The
imagery will be used to produce a seamless orthophoto database of an
area of 40.000 km2 and was acquired in a period of only 6 weeks time.

Alcatel Alenia Space delivers Earth observation satellite data acquisition systems to China

Paris, January 11, 2006. Alcatel Alenia Space announced the delivery of
Earth observation data acquisition systems to the China State Radio
Monitoring Center (CSRMC), the national Chinese network of Earth
observation stations. This equipment will be located in three satellite
data reception stations operated by the CSRMC.

ARGOSS nominated as one of the most innovative companies in the Province Flevoland in the Netherlands

ARGOSS is nominated as one of the most innovative companies in the Province Flevoland in the Netherlands.

Creation of Infoterra France SAS

On January 1st, EADS ASTRIUM announced the creation of Infoterra France
SAS and the integration of the agriculture (FARMSTAR) and natural risk
management activities – previously part of EADS Astrium´s Earth
Observation Applications division – into this new company.

Critical Software successfully concluded ESA's Near Operational Demonstration project

Critical Software successfully concluded ESA‘s Near Operational
Demonstration project. The demonstrator involved space remote sensing
technologies applied to forest fire monitoring.

Daniel Baubil leads EADS Global Industrial Development

The Executive Committee of EADS has appointed Daniel Baubil as Head of
EADS Global Industrial Development (GID). Daniel Baubil is Corporate
Vice President and reports to Jean-Paul Gut, Chief Operating Officer
(COO) for Marketing, Strategy and Global Development.

Definiens Announces Agreement with Pfizer for eCognition Platform

Definiens AG, a leader in advanced image intelligence solutions, today
announced a collaboration with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) for the global
implementation of Definiens’ eCognition™ Enterprise Image
Intelligence Solution.

Dependable technologies for critical systems

Due to the large forest fires occurred in the Portuguese mainland
during 2003 summer season, COTEC Portugal, Enterprise Association for
Development and Innovation, launched in 2004 a large initiative, aiming
at providing solutions to minimize this dramatic problem.

Geomatica, a PCI product

As a geospatial software company, PCI Geomatics® is a world leading
developer of image-centric software and solutions. The company’s
flagship desktop product, Geomatica®, meets the growing demands of the
remote sensing, GIS, cartography, and photogrammetry worlds.

Geospace improving products

Geospace products on CD-ROM includes 3D animations.

Image(ry) is Everything

In March 2006 Infoterra Limited, a world leader in the provision of
geographic information products and services, celebrates its fifth
birthday. Dr Andy Wells, director of sales and marketing, looks back at
the company’s history and how the launch of GeoStore™ is transforming
the market for geospatial data.

MDA Announces RADARSAT-2 Launch Date

January, Richmond, B.C. – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced
that the RADARSAT-2 satellite launch date is now set for December 2006.

NPA's new 2006 Oil & Gas Brochure now available on-line

NPA‘s new 2006 Oil & Gas Brochure now available on-line, containing
a summary of our latest Oil and Gas Exploration Services (GOSD, 3D
visualisation, etc).

RSI Releases the ENVI RX Anomaly Detection Tool

RSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries, has released the ENVI
RX Anomaly Detection Tool, a free plug-in for ENVI 4.1 and 4.2, that
gives ENVI users the ability to quickly and easily identify anomalies
in geospatial images. This new ENVI tool automatically locates areas in
an image that are different from the overall image background allowing
analysts to focus on those areas that are most likely to contain
valuable information.

SciSys wins three year contract to deliver a modernised regulation programme

The Environment Agency has awarded SciSys a three year contract to
provide core services in support of the development and enhancement of
key regulation systems in England and Wales.

Spot Image Awarded USGS Contract

SPOT Image Corporation has been awarded a contract by the US Geological
Survey (USGS) for the purchase of satellite imagery products and
services. The SPOT satellite constellation collects imagery ranging
from 2.5m to 20m, from any location on Earth.

Subsidence in New Orleans (Tele-Rilevamento Europa (TRE))

TRE, in cooperation with Miami University, has recently applied the PS
Technique to create the first space-derived image of subsidence in New

The renewed structure of VTT improves R & D service offering in the field of Remote Sensing

VTT is an impartial expert organisation employing approximately 2700
staff members. Its objective is to develop new technologies, create new
innovations and value added thus increasing customer‘s competencies.
With its know how VTT produces research, development, testing and
information services to public sector and companies as well as
international organisations.

VEGA consortium wins €2.2M contract from ESA for ADM Aeolus space mission

VEGA Group PLC (VEGA), the independent Programme and System Assurance
company, and their partners A.C.S. S.p.A. have been awarded a contract
worth €2.2 million by the European Space Agency (ESA) to build and
deliver the Core Payload Data Segment for the ADM-Aeolus satellite.

Earth Observation News

Earth sciences to be the focus of 2008 UN International Year of Planet Earth

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2008 as the UN
International Year of Planet Earth, the biggest ever international
effort to promote the Earth sciences.

EUMETSAT starts commissioning of the MSG-2 satellite

Today, EUMETSAT will take over control of the second of the new
generation of weather satellites, Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-2)
from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) and immediately start
commissioning operations.

EURISY Conference: Integration of the New EU Member Countries into the GMES Programme

The Warsaw Conference on “Integration of the new EU Member Countries
into the GMES Programme” was attended by around 160 experts from space
and user institutions, infrastructure and service industry, research
centers and academia. More than 40% of the audience was from outside
the space sector, and about half of the participants came from new
Member Countries.

IT business achievement award for AMEC

AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc. won the 2005 IT business achievement award of Environmental Business International.

Science community invited to ESA's Living Planet Programme Strategy Workshop

Since the 1990‘s, ESA‘s approach to observing the Earth from space has
been dedicated to furthering our understanding of how Earth processes
work, monitoring climate change indicators, testing new observational
techniques and making contributions to operational meteorology. It is
now time to take stock of what has been achieved, but more importantly
look to the future to ensure that ESA continues to provide the best
possible service to its users.

TIGER Innovators enhance North-South collaboration

Five international partnerships have recently been awarded funding
through ESA’s TIGER Innovators project to develop new ways of applying
Earth Observation data as a tool for water resource management in

United Nations Holds Informal Session on Space Technology for Sustainable Development and Disaster Management

“Space technology for sustainable development and disaster management: opportunities within the United Nations system”


Commission continues to forge strong EO partnership

On 25 January 2006, the European Commission and EUMETSAT signed letters
outlining future co-operation on GMES (Global Monitoring for
Environment and Security). EU officials say the signing paves the way
to a strong working relationship on Europe’s premier Earth Observation
(EO) initiative, part of a comprehensive European Space Policy.

Earth observation in support to the development of Africa

The African partners of the PUMA project (Preparation for the Use of
Meteosat Second Generation in Africa) have presented the results this
inititiative funded by the European Commission during a workshop
co-organised by the unit in charge of the Space Policy at the EC and

European Ministers deliberate on discovery and competitiveness

Dec 2005 : ESA PR 57-2005. The Ministers responsible for space in the European Space Agency‘s 17 Member States and Canada concluded a two-day meeting of ESA‘s ruling Council in Berlin by deciding on a coherent plan for discovery and competitiveness for Europe in space.

GMES User Workshops on pilot services

The European Commission has recently conducted a series of user
workshops to define initial Europe-wide pilot services within the GMES
(Global monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative.

Satellite portrait of global plant growth will aid climate research

An ambitious ESA project to chart ten years in the life of the Earth‘s
vegetation has reached a midway point, with participants and end-users
having met to review progress so far. Harnessing many terabytes of
satellite data, the GLOBCARBON project is intended to hone the accuracy
of climate change forecasting.

The 3rd Space Council focused on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)

November 05- The Space Council has endorsed the orientations necessary to pave the way ahead on GMES.