The book is focused on high resolution optical and SAR imagery and covers both civilian and military space systems. Several chapters deal with EU and ESA Earth Observation cooperation programmes starting from the early days with Earthnet till today with the Copernicus Sentinels satellites. It also covers cooperative programmes between the EU and some Member States (e.g. Belgium, Sweden and France for the Vegetation instrument flown on Spot satellite missions).
The book results of contributions of more than 80 space « pioneers », all being or having been key players from Space agencies (ESA, CNES, ASI, DLR, CSA…) and Space industries (Airbus Space and Defense, Thales Alenia Space, etc.), from European Commission DGs (DG Research and DG GROW) and the Joint Research Centre as well as from the scientific and application communities.
This 400-page well-illustrated book is currently in French and, at the occasion of several presentations to diverse audiences, the need for an English language version was strongly advocated to enable a wider distribution, for instance within ESA and EU Member States, Canada, European space industry, national space institutions abroad, associations (such as EARSC, EARSeL, CEOS …) and at the occasion of major forthcoming space Earth observation events (such as the 20th anniversary of GMES Baveno Manifesto in 2018, CEOS General Assembly meeting…).
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