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Dragon 3 Cooperation Programme


Dragon is a cooperation between ESA and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the P.R. China. The 2nd Dragon Programme commenced in 2008 and was completed in June 2012. The 3rd Dragon Programme lasted for four years and commenced at the 2012 Beijing Symposium.

Dragon 3 focussed on exploitation of ESA, ESA's Third Party Missions (TPM) and Chinese Earth observation (EO) data for geo-science and applications development in land, ocean and atmospheric applications. The Programme brought together joint Sino-European teams to investigate 50 thematic projects.


The Dragon 3 Programme was targeted towards land, ocean and atmospheric investigations in China. The expected benefit and contribution were to:

  • Promote the use of ESA, TPM and Chinese EO data for science and application development
  • Stimulate scientific exchange in EO science and application by the formation of joint Sino-European teams
  • Publish co-authored results of the research and applications development at the mid term stage and at the end of the programme
  • Provide training in processing, algorithm and product development from ESA, TPM and Chinese EO data in land, ocean and atmospheric applications


Find out about the Dragon 3 symposiums:

Training Courses

Highlights from the Dragon 3 training courses:

Study Areas

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