In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC has the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Lars Prahm, EUMETSAT Director General. First of all, thank you very much 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 and meteorology.
Dr. Christian Hoffmann, general manager and founder of GeoVille: “GeoVille, is established as one of the European quality providers in the production of land cover information from satellite and aerial photography data. Our mission to attain innovative and outstanding geo-information products has been recently recognised by the GMES Innovation Award, selected by a board of ESA, EC, and Definiens reviewers. Through GeoVille’s Luxembourg subsidiary we are currently providing in-depth environmental expert support to customers such as the European Environment Agency. The combination of leading edge land monitoring technology with environmental knowledge provides truly integrated geo-information products – an asset only a few companies in the market can share. This is an excellent basis to serve our customers within GMES as well as in our markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America”.
EARSC Board is glad to welcome Oracle Belgium in our Association
As reported in the previous EOMag, ESA has contracted Vega to execute an update to the Analysis of the State and Health of the EO Service Industry. This will assess how the industry has evolved since 2003 and what are the dominant issues presently facing the industry.
Earth Observation is at a turning point world wide. The awareness of the risks inherent to an uncontrolled development of human activities has led to environmental protocols and to the setup of new partnership, such as Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), to develop synergies between available capabilities internationally or the European GMES initiative (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security).
ARGOSS provides consultancy and information services on environmental conditions.
The French daughter of MFB-GeoConsulting, Geosystems France , made a visit in Messen. During the meeting, the most recent technologies in digital image processing, information extraction from satellite data as well as 3-D visualization were discussed.
Fueled by annual growth of
more than 40%, C-CORE continues its impressive growth and will break through the $10
million dollar revenue milestone this fiscal year.
In order to fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, the IOC* (Indian Ocean
Commission) chose CLS, worldwide leader of satellite-based environmental data collection,
location and ocean observations, to install a Fishing Monitoring Centre in Moroni, Comoros.
GeoVille and University of Wales, Aberystwyth Announced as Winners of Definiens GMES Innovation & Research Awards 2007 — Recognition for most innovative use of Definiens Enterprise Image Intelligence. Suite to provide highly automated services for GMES initiative
Company names Joel Campbell as Vice President and General Manager USA and David Fullerton as Vice President Worldwide Professional Services
EDISOFT is part of the service providers’ consortium that will be responsible for the development of CleanSeaNet, the European operational system for satellite monitoring and detection of illegal discharges and accidental oil spills at sea.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has set in place contracts for a service which will provide EU Member States with processed satellite data for the monitoring and detection of illegal discharges and accidental oil spills at sea.
RapidEye, Germany´s first remote-sensing company operating it´s own satellite system, has assembled the first satellite completely. Its testing program has commenced.
TLCC project aims to create the automated land cover classification methodology.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security – GMES -Programme was introduced to H.E. Ban Ki-moon by Dr. Christian Hoffmann, CEO of the GeoVille group, on the occasion of an invitation of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.
GMV has signed a licensing agreement with Raytheon Company to migrate software support services for the satellite ground system software originally provided by Raytheon to some 65 Boeing-manufactured commercial, geostationary satellites around the world.
GMV has been nominated for the 2006-2007 “Premios Príncipe Felipe a la Excelencia Empresarial” (Príncipe Felipe Prizes for Business Excellence) in the category of Technological Innovation of major firms.
Indra Espacio will draft a study that will enable the European Space Agency to provide efficient support to European companies in the sector for their export activities in the Latin American market.
Infoterra provides lidar height data to Wessex Water. Infoterra supplies aerial imagery for new flight simulator scenery. Infoterra Ltd re-awarded prime contractor role for GMES Respond.
One of the greatest challenges to be met by man in the coming years is to understand and contain global climate change.
On Friday 6 April, at Campobasso, the Regione Molise and Telespazio will sign a memorandum of understanding for the development of a technology programme entitled “Geodatabase: Europe’s first cluster of centres of excellence for the provision of leading-edge geospatial services”.
Metria is a service provider, whose focus is on the operational use of remote sensing and GIS techniques for environmental and forestry applications, as well as security-related aspects.
After announcing the existence of its aeroGRID® French Cities programme, Aerodata is now pleased to announce the availability of the first set of brand new aerial photo datasets at 12,5cm GSD of various large French cities, metropolitan areas and suburbs.
OHB-System AG, a subsidiary of OHB Technology AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124) was today awarded a contract for the next development phase of the SmallGEO small geostationary satellites.
Direct area-based crop income aid to farmers was introduced in 1992 under the CAP
(Common Agricultural Policy) reform and represent around 35% of the EU’s general
budget (2001, EU 15).
An ESA-backed project has demonstrated how Earth observation satellites can assist in the cross compliance measures – a set of environmental and animal welfare standards that farmers have to respect to receive full funding from the European Union – included in the 2003 reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Spacemetric has established a dedicated sales presence in the UK in response to the increasingly international profile of its customers and partners.
STARLAB is the main service provider for the ESA- MarCoast GMES project in Spain (led by Alcatel Alenia Space).
The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Thales Alenia Space Italy to be the prime contractor for a C-band radar Earth observation satellite called Sentinel-1 to be launched in 2011 under a manufacturing contract valued at 229 million euros ($309 million), according to European government and industry officials.
Training course in surveillance and reconnaissance
SciSys, a leading provider of software services, has announced a major contract from EADS Astrium GmbH to develop on-board satellite software for the three-satellite Swarm mission, a key part in the European Space Agency‘s Living Planet programme.
The business divisions „Remote Sensing Technology“ and „SpaceCom“ are acting since more than 15 years successfully in niche markets within the Space business with a different focus.
VEGA Group Creates a Simulation Platform for Galileo Data
“Future Challenges for Local and Regional Authorities: How can Space Technology help?”, to be held on 29-30 May 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Call for Participation (CFP) in the “Architecture Implementation Pilot,” which is a coordinated interoperability initiative of GEOSS, FedEO and Tri-Lateral initiatives. Responses are due by 11 May 2007 and the “Pilot Kickoff Meeting” will be held 5-6 June 2007 in ESRIN the European Space Agency‘s establishment in Italy.
China‘s director of the State Oceanic Administration, Sun Zhihui, has confirmed that the country wants to make five more oceanic satellites that will include ocean color remote sensing satellites, ocean dynamic environment satellites and ocean surveillance satellites.
DMC International Imaging plans to launch a high-resolution optical imaging satellite named UK DMC-2 in 2008 to provide continuous Continent-level imaging with direct downlink of data to customer‘s ground stations.
Data quality is a problem we need to address if we in the geospatial industry expect to be a part of the enterprise IT picture. Our most pressing need is a simple, reliable way to answer: “Are these data fit for this purpose?” each time spatial data are merged or shared in an enterprise system.
Germany‘s next-generation TerraSAR-X uses sophisticated ground infrastructure to deliver Earth observation data to scientists and commercial customers. Open-source software developed at ESA‘s Operations Centre is helping to make the mission a success
If you want to take a glimpse into the future market potential of geospatial technology growth, look toward Asia.
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, is bidding as prime contractor and systems integrator for the ground segment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – Series R (GOES-R) program.
The joint ESA/UNESCO Open Initiative to conserve hundreds of natural and cultural World Heritage sites using Earth observation satellites gets additional backing as the International Astronautical Federation joins the growing number of space entities to pledge support to the project.
New partners support the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”
Mauro Salvemini is President of EUROGI for the next two years.
This was the outcome of the election-process at EUROGI’s General
Board meeting on March 30th, in Brussels.
A Dnepr rocket laden with 14 small international satellites flew out of an underground missile silo and soared into space Tuesday on its first mission since failure struck the launcher last year.
ESA PR 18-2007. From 23 to 27 April in Montreux, Switzerland, over 900 scientists from around the world will attend the Envisat Symposium 2007 to review and present results of ESA‘s Earth Observation satellites and in particular Envisat.
35-year record of Earth observations from space is global scientific asset
U.S. agencies responsible for the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites have agreed that the next-generation Landsat will launch in 2011, and the United States is not the only nation that will benefit from the continued imaging of the planet?s oceans, land surfaces and ice cover.
Remote sensing is a critical tool for agriculture, land use worldwide
A high-level conference on Global Monitoring for Environment and Security took place on 17th April 2007
Just as the extraordinary biodiversity found on the Galapagos Islands helped shape our understanding of natural selection, the unique ecosystems of the area have more recently been helping European researchers map the delicate relationship between ocean temperatures and species survival.
The world‘s top climate scientists gathered to present a massive report predicting dire consequences of global warming, in particular for poor nations and species diversity.
FINANCE Space (Finance Innovation Network Addressing New Commercial Enterprise using Space) is a project executed in cooperation with the European Commission.
More than 100 professionals from European small- and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes and space industry organisations met in Italy last week at the 4th SineQuaNet Workshop to discuss how the SineQuaNet project can increase the participation of SMEs in the European space business.
Bridging the gap between INnovative enterprises and financial inVEstors in the emerging ICT markets of SaTellite applications (INVESaT)
Launching New Economic Activities from Satellite Communications, Earth Observation or Geo-localisation Services.
The Framework Programmes (FP) are the European Union’s main instrument for funding research.
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