Earth monitoring is no longer a domain of interest for the specialists. Getting acquainted with the climate change and its impact on growth and development, with the economic challenges of achieving stabilisation of greenhouses in the atmosphere, and with the tools used to monitor the planet, is becoming natural for the common citizen of Planet Earth. This is due in particular both to the huge proportions of the recent natural disasters (tsunamis, floods, global warming,…) and to the quick and large dissemination of data around the globe. But this acquaintance with the environmental problems is now also a fact in the industrial world.

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Interview with Mr. Valère Moutarlier, head of the EC-GMES Bureau

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC has the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Valère Moutarlier, head of the GMES Bureau at the European Commission.

Industry Profile

MFB-GeoConsulting GmbH

MFB-GeoConsulting (MFB-Geo) is specializing in “Solutions in Geographic Imaging” for optical, lidar and radar Earth observation.

EARSC Activities

EARSC welcomes three new members!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome three new Companies in our Association.

EARSC Workshop: Brussels 31st, May 2007

EARSC Symposium: Brussels, May 31st, 2007
“In-situ monitoring and Earth observation in the framework of GMES and GEOSS”

EO Service Industry Survey Update

ESA EO Development and Exploitation Programmes must continue to respond to the issues faced by the European EO Service Industry.

eoVox: EO Service Sector Representation progress

EOvox project: an opportunity for companies to voice their viewpoint on the EO service Industry

Member News

A006: Visioterra gives advice to companies in their use of Google Earth

VisioTerra gives advice to companies in their use of Google Earth and develops the tools that can enable them to share geolocalised data within the company, with their partners and with the World.

ACS News

ACS News

Aurensis News

New Managing Director and New Web site

CLS, Route du Rhum 2006 partner, equips all yachts with Argos transmitters

CLS tracks, the 74 competitors of the Route du Rhum 2006, during the entire race.
Each yacht is equipped with a MAR YX transmitter

Critical Software news

Critical´s CEO, emerging enterpreneur of the Y2006. Critical at the Europe´s Top500 fast growing companies ranking.

Critical Software: Main Service Provider of the Risk-EOS project in Portugal

Critical Software is main Service Provider of the Risk-EOS ESA project
in Portugal for forest fires Burn Scars Mapping

Definiens GMES Award

Definiens GMES Award for Innovation and Research with Definiens eCognition™ Technology

DEIMOS Satellite Manufacture Started

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) based in Guilford (UK) has started manufacturing key elements of the satellite it will launch next year on behalf of Deimos Imaging, S.L.

Development of the SANCHO project continues

The SANCHO program (Aerostatic System for Navigation, Communications and Observation Tools) seeks to develop medium and high altitude aerostats for security, fire surveillance and telecommunications applications, as well as the testing of aerial navigation and alignment technologies.

ESYS wins ESA Governance Study

The European Space Agency has awarded ESYS a contract to study the impact of various scenarios for future ESA governance.

Euroconsult : Focus on Space Governance

Earth Observation shall be the focus government space application for the next ten years … The estimated world government investment in this area is $4.6 billion in 2006 for both unclassified defense and civil space programs. This represents a 6.8% average annual growth over the period 2002-2006.

EUROSENSE Monitors Elements at Risk

EUROSENSE provides important geo-information to several players in the risk management cycle. In this rapid changing world, cartographic data have to catch up with the appearing of new housing, roads, buildings,… By frequently monitoring elements at risk, EUROSENSE offers data-layers with a regular update of the changes. This multi-risk service provides geo-information that is indispensable in the prevention phase or crisis situation of all sorts of risks.

GAF AG successfully completes implementation of Geoscientific and Mining Information Centre for Madagascar

GAF AG has completed successfully the main phase of a technical assistance project in establishing the geoscience and mining information centre in Madagascar BPGRM – Base de données pour la Promotion et la Gouvernance des Ressources Minérales – Centre d`Information Géoscientifique et Minière de Madagascar), under the “Projet de Gouvernance des Ressources Minérales” (PGRM).

GIM distributes the new Definiens version 5 Object Oriented image processing software

Image processing has entered a new era with the object oriented approach.

GMV to provide flight dynamics system for NASA JPL mission

focusLEO, the GMV´s low-Earth orbit (LEO) flight dynamics product, has been selected by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) to support the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), a mission to measure carbon dioxide in the Earth´s atmosphere managed by NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Google delivers higher resolution on Google Earth through agreement with French Spot Image

Spot Image has entered into an agreement with Google in order to improve the available resolution of Google Earth products over wide areas of the world. Under a multi-year agreement, Spot Image will provide Google Earth with 2.5 meter resolution imagery taken from the SPOT5 satellite.

Infoterra: Technical assistance to the Vietnam Land Administration project

Infoterra Ltd has today announced it has been appointed to provide technical assistance to the Government of Vietnam in the development of a proposal for the first phase of the Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP), for more effective land utilisation and resource management aimed at alleviating poverty and encouraging stable economic development.

ITT News

Image Acess Solutions and Getting Imagery to Distant Forces

MDA Selected as Sole Supplier of Ground Station Solutions for DigitalGlobe's WorldView Customers

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has been selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc., provider of the world‘s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery, as the exclusive supplier of ground station solutions offered by DigitalGlobe to international customers for its upcoming high resolution satellite program called WorldView.

PCI Geomatics celebrates the unveiling of GeoCapacity for agriculture, mapping and disaster management support in India

PCI Geomatics®, a world-leading developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce a series of events in India including New Delhi (January 17), Chandigarh (January 19) and Hyderabad (January 22) to showcase the success of the first phase of the Agricultural GeoCapacity Network (AGCN) project.

PCI Geomatics signs Memorandum of Understanding with the State Key Laboratory of Information in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing in China

PCI Geomatics® is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Key Laboratory of Information in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) in China. The MoU outlines plans for cooperation in a variety of areas including the introduction of emerging image-centric geospatial technology in China and outlying regions. It also highlights plans for further promotion of Geoinformatics along with a better understanding of the earth and space.

PCI Geomatics to support satellite TerraSAR-X

PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce that it will support the upcoming German radar satellite TerraSAR-X for image processing, correction, and analysis.

PREVIEW ‘Special Delivery Meeting’ Assesses Mid-Project Point Progress

Infoterra France, PREVIEW project coordinator, announces promising first phase results for this 45 month programme. In the frame of GMES programme, PREVIEW aims to improve, enhance and develop geo-information services, based on satellite monitoring and other observation techniques, for risk management users to manage natural and man-made disasters.

Ship Detection System based on SAR/Radar data

Kongsberg Spacetec is doing a major upgrade on the Ship Detection System based on SAR/Radar data.

Spacedat s.r.l.: Innovative System to Measure the Coastal Erosion

Spacedat has implemented the first monitoring system to measure the Coastal Erosion and Dune health of the Province of Lecce in the south of Italy.

Spot Image International Conference 2006

Spot Image’s International Conference on November in Toulouse, France, attracted 440 attendees from 60 countries

Spotlight on NPA

News at NPA website

Starlab launches Star2Earth,1st Spanish company at ESA´s European Space Incubator

Starlab, a private independent company seeking to transform
science into disruptive services and technologies, has opened a spinoff
at ESTEC, the European Space Agency (ESA) facilities in Noordwijk,
The Netherlands.

Telespazio news

Telspazio presents “The Love Planet Earth” Calendar and “Virtual Rome” Project launched.

Thales to lead development of first GMES service

The European Commission has selected the consortium led by Thales to develop OSIRIS, the first integrated service of the GMES programme (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).

The Spanish Aeronautical Sector Comes Together to Participate in the Clean Sky Project

The Spanish aeronautics companies ITP, EADS-CASA, INDRA, CESA, TAM, GMV, GTD, Sener, Aernova and Aries Complex have signed an agreement to create an Economic Interest Grouping (EIG) with the aim of participating actively in the future Community program: Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) ‘Clean Sky’

TRE at ASITA 2006

In its tenth year, ASITA is proving to be the most important Italian Conference and commercial exhibition for geodesics, geographical information and land management.
ASITA lasted four days offering a rich programme of conferences, poster sections and workshops.

UK space experts SciSys reprise software role for critical Climate Change mission

SciSys, a leading provider of software services, has announced a major contract from EADS Astrium Gmbh to develop on-board satellite software for CryoSat-2, a key mission in the European Space Agency‘s Living Planet programme.

VTT and RapidEye AG to co-develop satellite-image-based services

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and RapidEye AG, Brandenburg, Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the development and marketing of satellite-image-based products and services.

Earth Observation News

Bridging the gap between Space and Local and Regional Users

Eurisy is carrying out a three-year programme aiming at providing a forum to representatives from Regions and Cities throughout Europe, to assess new services based on space applications and their implications, share on their practices, challenges and issues, meet with service providers and institutions, and propose evolution for the future services, based on their own requirements.

China To Launch 22 More Meteorological Satellites By 2020

China will launch another 22 meteorological satellites by 2020 after successfully putting Fengyun-2D (FY-2D), its second geostationary orbit meteorological satellite, into orbit.

Digitalglobe Announces Ball Aerospace Is Building Worldview 2 Satellite

Longmont CO (SPX) Jan 04, 2007
DigitalGlobe has announced that Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation is building WorldView 2. WorldView 2, the third satellite in DigitalGlobe‘s constellation of spacecraft, offers the highest collection capacity of Earth imagery, and is the only next generation system to be built independent of U.S. Government financing.

GEONETcast, a new capability for Earth monitoring

GEONETCast is a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata about disease, agriculture, biodiversity, natural disasters, air and water quality, ocean conditions, and ecosystems to decision-makers around the globe.

German SAR-Lupe satellite safely in orbit

A Russian Cosmos 3M booster launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia has put Germany ‘s SAR-Lupe satellite into orbit

GMES and the Protection of European Seas

An international conference on the Baltic Sea and the European Marine Strategy was held in Helsinki on 13 to 15 November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Council in order to focus on the need for intensified dialogue between researchers and policy-makers on issues related to the marine environment.

GMES Atmosphere Service

Participants from across Europe meet to discuss the proposed GMES Atmosphere Service

SEOS: A new FP6 project of EARSeL

SEOS- Science Education through Earth Observation for High Schools: Contributions from EO Industry to the e-learning tutorials.


BOSS4GMES, a new co-funded project addressing GMES services’ sustainability

BOSS4GMES (Building Operational and Sustainable Services for GMES) project started on December 1, 2006.

FP7 is underway!

Interview Research Commissioner Mr. Potocnik

GMES fast track service on land monitoring

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a call for tenders for a GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) fast track service on land monitoring – high-resolution core land cover data for built-up areas, including degree of soil sealing, 2006. (Source Cordis)

Green light for seventh framework research programme for 2007-2013

The European Parliament gave the go-ahead for the EU‘s research and development funding for the period 2007-2013, when MEPs adopted 10 reports relating to the 7th Framework Research Programme (FP7).


Events and Symposia

Events and Symposia