Editorial

Thanks to the participation of a large number of Value-Adding companies and the provision of excellent facilities by ESA in Frascati, the EOVOX Stakeholders consultation Workshop has been a success with very interesting presentations and round tables, and tangible results in particular in the form of an agreement on a wide ranging Position Paper, a Declaration endorsed by the participants and a roadmap for the development of our industry.

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Interview

Interview with Oracle Corporation

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the privilege to feature an interview with Mr. Jean-Claude Michaca from ORACLE Corporation.

Industry Profile

INDRA, the value of anticipation

Indra Espacio S.A., subsidiary of Indra responsible of the space related activities, is a leading ground segment specialist with an extensive experience in the last 25 years in a range of activities such as project management, system engineering, system design and development, system integration and test, product assurance, applications development, etc.

EARSC Activities

Documents eoVox Stakeholders Consultation Workshop

The links below provide access to all of the slides and other materials presented at the workshop, plus slides capturing the key feedback received at each session of the workshop.

EARSC welcomes four new members!

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

EO service industry meets to map out its future

More than 120 representatives of the European and Canadian EO value-adding sector took part in the ‘eoVox Stakeholders Consultation Workshop’ held on 14 September at ESRIN, ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation in Italy.

Member News

Infoterra’s Distribution Network Growing Rapidly

A reliable distribution of the future TerraSAR-X Services has recently been secured in large parts of South America: Infoterra GmbH, holder of the exclusive commercial exploitation rights for the new-quality radar data the spacecraft will deliver, has negotiated and acceded to a number of distribution agreements.

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.

DEIMOS: New European Earth Observation Satellite

The Spanish aerospace engineering company DEIMOS Space and the Remote Sensing Laboratory of the University of Valladolid (LATUV) have founded the new company DEIMOS Imaging for the design, implementation, operation, and commercial exploitation of a complete Earth Observation space system in Valladolid (Spain).

EDISOFT launches Ocean Eye – the Ocean’s Permanent Watch

On the first semester of 2007, project Ocean Eye led by EDISOFT shall begin the supply of ocean monitoring data to the United States, using a facility that shall be installed next to ESA’s satellite station in Santa Maria, Azores.

ESYS represents WIN at the International Disaster Reduction Conference, Davos 2006

ESYS represented the European Commission Framework Programme 6 (EC-FP6)’s Wide Information Network (WIN) for Risk Management at an international conference dedicated to Disaster and Risk Reduction, 27thAugust-1st September 2006.

First DeCOVER user workshop in Dessau (GAF AG)

GAF is a partner within the German national DeCOVER project on actualisation and production of land use and land cover data, aimed at serving national authorities’ needs.

Foundation of GEOSYSTEMS France - New distributor for Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging software in France

GEOSYSTEMS, authorized distributor of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, LLC in Germany, and MFB-GeoConsulting, distributor in Switzerland, announce the foundation of GEOSYSTEMS France S.A.R.L on the 1st of October 2006.

From MAPS to MAT (ACS)

Designed to facilitate the mission planning, support analysis of ESA/third party missions and simulate the future missions, MAPS prototype met all the ESA needs recognised at the time.

GAF AG - High efficient spatial planning

In co-production, GAF AG and its subsidiary, Euromap GmbH, have extended the availability of the successful IRS orthophoto mosaic “Euro-Maps” from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Italy. Nationwide, high-resolution IRS satellite mosaics- Euro-Maps now available for Italy.

GeoID: New Service Integration project

GeoID takes part in the New Service Integration project launched by ESA.

GeoVille signs data distribution agreement for TerraSAR-X

GeoVille has been appointed by Infoterra GmbH as distribution partner for TerraSAR-X data in Austria.

GMV "revamping the corporate identity"

Innovation, openness to change and transformation, is one of our watchwords.

High Resolution Urban Clutter Data of the Whole of Germany

GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information technology company, has recently signed a distribution agreement with E-Plus GmbH & Co. KG, a leading mobile Telecom service provider, to provide high resolution urban clutter data covering the territory of Germany.

Important NASA contract awarded Kongsberg Spacetec

NASA’s EDOS (EOS Data and Operations System) program at Goddard Space Flight Centre,
Washington DC, USA, has chosen Kongsberg Spacetec AS in connection with the
modernization of the Ground Stations for their EOS (Earth Observing System) satellites.

Infoterra France reinforces their presence in Beijing

Infoterra France, a leading provider of geo-information products and services for managing the development, environment and security of our changing world, announces the setting up of a permanent presence in Beijing to support and develop flourishing commercial activity throughout Pacific Asia.

JRC chooses Spacemetric to deliver Image Portal

Spacemetric AB has added a new dimension in its rapidly growing list of contracts
by winning the right to develop an online distribution and archiving system for
satellite images acquired by the Joint Research Centre of the European
Commission in support of the Control with Remote Sensing (CwRS) campaigns.

Next Generation of Airborne Acquired Geospatial Data Launched

Infoterra Ltd and BlueSky Ltd have launched GeoPerspectives™ the new suite of airborne acquired geospatial data. Building on the most successful nationwide aerial survey previously marketed as UK Perspectives, GeoPerspectives has now redefined the standards for quality, type and coverage of aerial-based geographic information.

RADARSAT news

A RADARSAT-2 Symposium was held at the Canadian Space Agency September 11- 15, 2006.
// The RADARSAT-2 information website www.radarsat2.info has a “new” look.

RapidEye AG installs a parabolic reflector for contact with satellites

RapidEyeTM has taken another major stride toward a new dimension in geo-information products and services.

RapidEye Expands and Exhibits

To accommodate expanding operations, RapidEye AG has opened and dedicated their new corporate headquarters and ground operations facility in Brandenburg an der Havel, just outside of Berlin.

ReSAC activities in Disaster Management using FORMOSAT data

In the spring of 2006 the level of Danube River rose dramatically due to heavy rains and snow melting in the North-Western part of the Bulgarian river bank.

Research and Innovation comes from small companies (SPACEDAT s.r.l.)

Even though Big Companies dedicate a big part of their resources to R&D most of it is done by smaller companies and research institutions.

Tajik-Uzbek Visit at MFB-Geo

In the framework of IDRC Symposium (International Disaster Reduction Conference, August 27 – September 1, 2006) in Davos which was organized by the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, a Tajik-Uzbek delegation visited several institutions in Switzerland, among them MFB-GeoConsulting.

Telespazio at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale

Telespazio took part in the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, dedicated to “Cities. Architecture and Society”, which took place as part of the 2006 Biennale exhibition from 10 September to 19 November.

TerraSAR-X Proves its Suitability for Space

TerraSAR-X, the German Earth observation satellite, has successfully demonstrated its suitability for space.

The Netherlands comes into focus! (Aerodata International Surveys)

People can now see the clearest and most detailed aerial imagery of The Netherlands yet.

UltraSpectral and PCI Geomatics announce technology partnership

PCI Geomatics®, a world-leading developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce the signing of a technology partnership with UltraSpectral Inc.

VCS’ 2met!© AHRPT System ready for METOP Direct Readout

VCS’ Remote Sensing Technology Division has successfully updated their multi mission receiver 2met!© DSR II for direct reception of the new METOP AHRPT mission.

Earth Observation News

Alliance for Earth Observations Promotes Linkage With Clean Technology Sector

On the heels of one of the clean technology sector’s biggest success stories—the reduction of ozone-depleting gases in the atmosphere—the Alliance for Earth Observations is bringing leaders from the environmental monitoring and information technology sectors together today to examine the potential contribution of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to the growing clean tech industry.

China To Launch Upgraded Oceanic Satellite

Chinese scientists plan to put into orbit the Haiyang 1-B (Ocean 1-B), an advanced version of the Haiyang 1-A oceanic satellite, by the end of this year to monitor marine environment and disasters.

DMC International Imaging Wins Contract To Monitor Amazonian Rainforest

The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has placed a contract for a second year with DMC International Imaging to acquire high-resolution satellite images of the entire 5 million square kilometres of the Amazon rainforest.

ESA’s microsatellite playing major role in scientific studies

ESA‘s smallest Earth Observation satellite, Proba, is making big contributions to science with applications ranging from environmental monitoring, agriculture, forest , land use, crop forecasting, marine and coastal science as well as biological soil crusts and solid waste landfill monitoring.

EUSC Facilities

The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) supports the European Union decision-making in the field of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) through the exploitation and production of information derived primarily from the analysis of Earth Observation space imagery.

Experts praise students’ studies at Alpbach Summer School

This year’s Summer School in Alpbach, Austria, was one of the most successful ever undertaken, according to both the students and the experts who took part.

Google Maps Spotlight Changes Across The Earth

Google began showcasing the world‘s natural wonders, famous haunts, and man-made changes on its global mapping service.

Lagos (AND) Nigeria begun work on the design and construction of its second earth observation satellite project to be known as Sat-2

Professor Robert Boroffice, director-general, National Space Research and Development Agency said Abuja , the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recently said that the project would be built with active participation of many local engineers.

Optimal Geomatics Expands into Transportation Market

(“Optimal”), a geomatics solutions provider to engineering and geospatial professionals, is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its linear corridor solutions to the Transportation market.

POSTEL: Pôle d´Observation des Surfaces Continentales

POSTEL is a thematic centre associating R&D and services to describe the soil and vegetation from Earth Observation satellite data, at regional and global scales.

Space Solutions for Global Challenges

Space and Society
Conference “Space Options for the 21st Century”, February 27 to March 1, 2007

Programmes

Colloquium on space, defence and European security in Kourou

On 19-22 September 2006, the WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference joined forces to hold a colloquium on Space, Defence and European Security in Kourou, French Guiana, in association with the European Space Agency (ESA), France’s national centre for space studies, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and Arianespace.

European Interparliamentary Space Conference

The European Interparliamentary Space Conference was established in 1999 as a permanent forum for cooperation between the European national parliaments.

GMES and the Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection

On 22 September 2006, the European Commission released the Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection to tackle soil degradation in the European Union.

New GMES Bureau Head takes up EO challenge

Valere Moutarlier explains how the European Commission’s ‘GMES Bureau’ is developing a federated and structured demand for Earth Observation (EO) data and information, and promoting fast-track GMES services for 2008.

New scientific challenges and goals for ESA's Living Planet Programme

ESA announces a new science strategy for the future direction of its Living Planet Programme, addressing the continuing need to further our understanding of the Earth System and the impact that human activity is having.

Private investment in R&D to jump in near future

European companies have adjusted their investment strategies to place greater emphasis on research and development, a Commission survey indicates.

Satellites help forecast crop yield

Through the analysis of European satellite imagery, researchers estimate 2006 crop yields to be lower than last year. Scientists have determined that the total area affected by the prevailing drought and heat waves is growing.

Where Standards Meet Location Intelligence

The Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform is an integrated set of services that combines unique bird’s eye, aerial, and satellite imagery with best-of-breed mapping, location and search functionality. It enables businesses to deliver innovative solutions and breakthrough customer experiences.

Events

Events and Symposia

Events and Symposia