Last month, I attended the 20th anniversary of the Baveno meeting which established the GMES programme which has now become Copernicus. The Baveno Manifesto was a landmark document put together by representatives of Europe’s space agencies under the guidance of the European Commission.
The Eurochile Business Foundation was jointly established by the Chilean state and the European Union in 1993. It was created by Chilean law which, apart from defining its fields of action, gave it certain permanent benefits.
Its objective is to promote and strengthen economic and industrial cooperation and technology transfer between the European Union and Chile. Its main method of work is through lines and projects to increase the capacity of management, innovation, staff training, production and marketing of national companies. All of this has a primary focus on promoting SMEs on order to enhance its competitiveness, productivity, and internationalization.
DRAXIS was founded in 2000 in Thessaloniki – Greece. During the early years, DRAXIS’s field of interest was the implementation of environmental studies and the provision of consulting services. Later on, and with a small dedicated group of experts, DRAXISexpanded into the environmental ICT sector; it was one of the first and few companies in Greece active in this domain.
Copernicus Sentinel data is
being used by water utilities in the UK to improve the management of peatlands,
leading to better water quality for local citizens, reduced costs of
purification for the water
companies and strong environmental benefits.
The EARSC competition “European EO product of the year” rewarded a company which has developed a product which will support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national, regional and/or local levels, and the monitoring and reporting against the global indicator framework.
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and the Eurochile Business Foundation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing a formal cooperation initiative between EARSC, responsible for promoting the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and supporting companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services, and Eurochile, responsible for promoting economic, trade, and technological cooperation between the private sector and institutions in Chile and the European Union, through business promotion, and the transfer of technology and know-how.
EARSC has confirmed as Supporting Partner of Geospatial World Forum 2019. The Forum is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of 1500+ geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. Coming to its 11th edition, Geospatial World Forum has become the most talked about geospatial event, best-known for its futuristic themes, engaging content, and top-level attendees.
On the 26th June 2018, Sinergise was presented with the EARSC Company Achievement Award during the Association’s Annual cocktail, held in Brussels.
The overarching objective
of the IDEEO project is the creation of a new European partnership
which will promote internationally the use of European Earth Observation
capability in different sectors such as marine, agriculture, energy etc. In
order to meet the expected impacts specified by the Call.
Now you can follow the project on different platforms!
Airborne Technologies is proud to have obtained FIKI certification from EASA for the Vulcanair P68R.The aircraft type is thus approved for “Flights Into Known Icing” conditions.
AIRBUS excited to announce that the One Tasking service has now been extended to our Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites. With the launch of OnePlan for TerraSAR-X, AIRBUS is strengthening their multi-sensor offer, giving us the opportunity to simply select the best sensor for our projects and to obtain the imagery you requested exactly when you need it!
CGG Multi-Physics is pleased to announce that its Helitem helicopter time-domain electromagnetic system has successfully acquired high-quality, broad-spectrum Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) data at a base frequency of 7.5 Hz. This is a significant breakthrough for resource exploration worldwide, and an industry first.
VisioTerra has developed a fully automated change detection service enabling users to see the history of changes detected in specified monitored areas.
Earth-i was recently named the number one “new space” company in Europe; quite an achievement for a company only 3 years old.
We would like to invite you to “European Land Monitoring at its crossroads – opportunities and challenges”, a conference to be held in Innsbruck, Austria. This conference will be organised under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Under ESA contract our team has developed a cloud-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for building scripts, algorithms and also complete EO data processing chains. JupyTEP IDE is a software with preconfigured EO toolboxes (e.g. SNAP/Snappy and Orfeo ToolBox) and libraries for GIS processing (e.g. GDAL, Grass GIS, PostGIS).
The Norwegian Oil-on-Water (OPV) exercise is unique. Norway being one of the very few countries that allow the release of actual oil on water, it attracts international participation and attention. KSAT, an important contributor since many years, ensures satellite acquisitions from a broad variety of satellites throughout the entire drill.
The Netherlands has a strong international position in the application of photonics. This innovative lighting technology contributes to the solutions for societal challenges in the ICT, manufacturing, semicon, health, agri-food, environment & energy sectors. To accelerate the opportunities of photonics technologies, the National Photonics Agenda is published today. The agenda describes how the Netherlands can further strengthen its leading global position in the coming years, an ambition that is seamlessly aligned with the innovation and top sector policy.
After 32 years of working for GAF and more than 11 years in the position of CEO, Peter Volk stepped down from the latter position as planned on 30 June 2018. On 1 July, Sebastian Carl took over as CEO of GAF.
FDC recently started the PATROL project that aims to develop, supply and test Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA).
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected Hexagon US Federal as a prime contractor on two multiple awards, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for amounts totaling $1.17 billion. Hexagon was selected as one of multiple vendors for the JANUS Geography and JANUS Elevation contracts.
Geocento has recently commenced an InnovateUK project which will apply Chatbot natural language processing to the satellite imaging business with the aim of making the process of discovering and ordering imagery much easier. We are currently in the process of designing the intents associated with user interactions, the workflows and entities (key parameters) associated with these interactions and the information needed to fulfil an enquiry.
Planet is expanding its engagement in Europe in a big way. Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Airbus, a leader in remote sensing, to enable access to each other’s data and joint cooperation on the development of new geospatial solutions.
The Arctic is a huge and remote place where physical conditions are extremely challenging. This has always affected field campaigns in terms of health and safety issues and with huge associated costs. Consequently, there is still a big lack of detailed up-to-date maps of the arctic coastal zone which significantly affects the navigational safety in the area. With the increased activity level in the region due to opening of the ice waters, increased tourism, exploration for natural resources etc., this is a big cause for concern for both human lives and potential environmental disasters from groundings. At DHI GRAS, we are working on minimising these risks. With modern satellites and advanced physical modeling of the water column, it is possible to derive reliable water depths in shallow waters at low costs with no risks associated.
The European Union (EU) faces many challenges economically, socially, and environmentally. Location intelligence is a key element when it comes to making better decisions and formulating policy to create a stronger, more united, and connected digital Europe.
Exploiting a huge volume of free available Copernicus System Sentinel-2 satellite data, being collected daily, can be easily and effectively only with the use of artificial intelligence. This is what our partnership with Simulirity provides to us, through Simularity’s artificial intelligence solution for satellite data, Automated Image Anomaly Detection System (AIADS). This solution massively provides the capacity to detect land use changes in time series of big volume satellite imagery (e.g. Sentinel-2), in a very simple, effective and successful way (http://simularity.com/solutions/satellite-anomaly-detection/).
Deimos Imaging’s parent company, UrtheCast, announced on May 19th the signature of a credit agreement for US$142 Million to finance the construction, launch and deployment of the UrtheDaily™ Constellation. This important milestone brings the implementation of UrtheDaily™ one step closer.
While the world watched their soccer team compete in the World Cup qualifiers, the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo were fighting to contain an Ebola outbreak—for the fourth time since 2012. On May 8, the government of DRC declared the latest outbreak in Equateur Province. When it jumped a few days later to Mbandaka, a major transport hub along the Congo River that’s 150 km from the original case, the risk of Ebola spreading internationally became a reality.
EARTH OBSERVATION NEWS
Paris, 21 June 2018 – Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces that its new Earth Observation (EO) Platform, officially named Mundi Web Services, is now live and being used by several clients. This platform is supported by a newly-created consortium, composed of DLR, e-Geos, EOX, GAF, Sinergise, Spacemetric, Thales Alenia Space and T-Systems, which is led by Atos, on behalf of the European Commission andESA (European Space Agency).
The European Space Agency
(ESA) invites 20 committed developers to its Space App Camp,
a free event scheduled for 17-24 September 2018 at ESRIN, ESA’s Centre for Earth
observation (EO), in Frascati, Italy.
On 20-21 June, CREODIAS was presented to the honorary members of Copernicus, European Union, the EO industry as well as to the open public. Our participation involved presenting CREODIAS by means of an unique video, which provided information concering the platform, as well as provided guidelines for potential business to come.
In a recent press release of June 18, 2018, the EC has proposed to devote €16 billion to help maintain and further enhance the EU’s leadership in space between 2021-2027. Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation programme, will receive €5.8 billion. Space technology, data, and services have become indispensable in the daily lives of Europeans and play an essential role in preserving many strategic interests. The budget proposal builds on the Space Strategy for Europe of October 2016 and on the Industrial Policy Strategy presented by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address. They are both a strategic vision for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry in response to growing global competition and major technological shifts.
GEO-CRADLE organised the 3rd South-Eastern Europe GEO Workshop on the uptake of GEO and Copernicus, with emphasis on Climate Change, Food Security and Water Extremes, Raw Materials and Solar Energy which took place in Thessaloniki on 4 and 5 June 2018! The Workshop organised by the Interbalkan Environment Center [i-BEC] and the National Observatory of Athens [NOA],partners of GEO-CRADLE.
Airbus, Orange Business Services and Capgemini launch the collaborative platform sobloo to pave the way to a new era of exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data
To citizens, businesses and organisations from all over the world, sobloo allows easy access to all Copernicus data/information and to additional EO and Non-EO data collections
On the afternoon of May 22, a sudden light filled the sky and the SpaceX rocket carrying the NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission, or GRACE-FO, soared into orbit on a mission to continue the legacy of the original GRACE spacecraft duo.
The National Geographic Society has announced the winners of its Marine Protection Prize – as part of celebrations for World Ocean Day on June 8.
The process of using remote sensing techniques for gathering data about the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the planet earth is known as satellite based earth observation (EO). With the help of satellite based earth observation we can measure the geophysical parameters of the earth from the orbit by making use of sensors as well as cameras. With the information generated there from, we can determine cloud cover, climate patterns, prepare for any natural calamities, the water resources available, agricultural uses, tsunamis, petroleum and mineral deposits. It also helps us in managing the natural resources in a much better way. Satellite based earth observation industry is currently seeing noticeable growth and it is predicted that there will be around 260 Satellites launched by the next ten years.
Our ONDA Data and Information Access Service was officially launched at the Baveno+20 event which took place on 20 and 21 June 2018.
NextGEOSS Beta Release
NextGEOSS is the European datahub and platform, providing access to EO data to the European users’ communities, together with Cloud resources, seamlessly connected to provide an integrated ecosystem for supporting applications contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). NextGEOSS is a contribution from Europe to GEOSystem of Systems (GEOSS).
(11 July 2018 – ESA) Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.
WARSAW, Poland — The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend 16 billion euros, or $18.6 billion, on a space program to boost the EU’s space capabilities in the years 2021 to 2027.
A consultation document for Ireland’s Space Strategy for Enterprise was published yesterday by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan.
From mitigating against climate change using satellites to facilitating research water and food scarcity, the UAE Space Agency is contributing to the realisation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UNISPACE +50 Conference in Vienna heard.
The State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) and the European Commission (EU) signed the Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement formalizing plans to develop cooperation under the Copernicus Earth observation programme.
Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is an Australian Earth Observation (EO) community undertaking to describe EO data, processing and applications in an Australian context and includes a wide range of local case studies to demonstrate Australia’s increasing usage of EO data.
This series will be published across three volumes and aims to consolidate EO teaching resources in Australia and encourage a greater number of tertiary courses involving EO in Australia.
A NASA instrument that will measure ozone and other key pollutants over North America is seeking proposals for hosting services. The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, flying on a commercial satellite, will make observations from a geostationary vantage point, about 22,000 miles above Earth’s equator. TEMPO will be installed on the Earth-facing portion of the host satellite, allowing for an unobstructed view to collect measurements.
China successfully launched two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan today, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The satellites, PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A, were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. local time.
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