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Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

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    New worldwide dataset captures the planet in fine detail 17 Nov 2022

    News - Success Stories

    New worldwide dataset captures the planet in fine detail

    Scientists have developed an open source planetwide dataset of high-resolution Earth observation imagery, thanks to commercial data delivered by ESA’s Third Party Missions (TPM) programme.

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    Satellites investigate Earth’s terrestrial hydrosphere 2 Nov 2022

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    Satellites investigate Earth’s terrestrial hydrosphere

    ESA’s Earth observation satellites are playing a leading role in furthering our understanding of how Earth’s water cycle is being influenced by humankind

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    WorldView-3 helps to track offshore methane plumes from oil and gas 6 July 2022

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    WorldView-3 helps to track offshore methane plumes from oil and gas

    Scientists have used Earth observation data to reveal enormous methane plumes spilling out from an offshore oil and gas production rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This represents a significant breakthrough in the monitoring of industrial methane emissions from space.

  • News - General News

    Vision-1 infographic 14 June 2022

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    Vision-1 infographic

    Learn about Vision-1, which joined ESA's Third Party Missions programme in May, in our new infographic.

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    Pléiades Neo data now open to users 30 May 2022

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    Pléiades Neo data now open to users

    Very High Resolution optical Pléiades Neo data are now open to users and are available for research and development projects upon submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium 26 May 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium

    Against the backdrop of the famed Rhine River, world-class scientists and Earth observation data-users are gathered this week in the historical city of Bonn, at the Living Planet Symposium (LPS).

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    Living Planet Symposium showcases Pléiades Neo data 23 May 2022

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    Living Planet Symposium showcases Pléiades Neo data

    This week, the community of Earth observation data users gather at the Living Planet Symposium to explore the latest progress in Earth observation satellites and data.

  • News - Data Release news

    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme 20 May 2022

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    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme

    Through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme, researchers, scientists and companies from around the world can apply to access Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

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    Vision-1 to enable cutting-edge science and spur innovation 17 May 2022

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    Vision-1 to enable cutting-edge science and spur innovation

    Vision-1 – which is the result of a collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) – provides sub-metric imagery to support activities across many industries, including urban planning, agricultural monitoring, land classification, natural resource management and disaster monitoring.

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    Vision-1 data now open to users 17 May 2022

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    Vision-1 data now open to users

    In the framework of the Third Party Missions programme, ESA is offering, for scientific research and application development, access to archive and new tasking data from the Vision-1 mission upon submission and acceptance of a project proposal.

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    Predicting crop yield using Planet data 5 May 2022

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    Predicting crop yield using Planet data

    The world’s population continues to grow, while the climate crisis is raising Earth’s temperatures and increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events – all of which affect food security.

  • News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani 4 Mar 2022

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    Introducing Mirko Albani

    In this short introduction, ESA's Heritage Missions Programme Manager describes what he likes most about ESA's long term archive of satellite mission data and his role in the programme.

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    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems 1 Mar 2022

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    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems

    Twenty years have passed since a ground-breaking European spacecraft designed to deliver unprecedented insight into the planet’s changing environment was lofted into orbit.

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    How GEOSAT helps to unlock the potential of Earth observation data 24 Feb 2022

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    How GEOSAT helps to unlock the potential of Earth observation data

    High-resolution imagery delivered by a privately-owned system of European satellites is facilitating international efforts to boost prosperity, protect the environment, and tackle urgent global challenges.

  • News - General News

    GEOSAT-2 infographic 22 Feb 2022

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    GEOSAT-2 infographic

    The GEOSAT series consists of two very high-resolution satellites, capable of acquiring sub-metric multispectral images. The missions are part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, and GEOSAT-2 is summarised in our latest infographic.

  • News - Success Stories

    SAOCOM the Argentinean constellation with an Italian twist 11 Feb 2022

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    SAOCOM the Argentinean constellation with an Italian twist

    Composed of two satellites launched in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the SAOCOM satellite mission, managed and operated by Argentina's Space Agency, CONAE, covers an array of applications that greatly benefit Earth observation and disaster monitoring.

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    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection 18 Jan 2022

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    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection

    Two new imaging modes, Wide ScanSAR and Staring Spotlight, have been added to the PAZ offering and are now available to users for research and application development following submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

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    15 cm HD and 30 cm HD products added to EUSI ESA archive collections 13 Jan 2022

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    15 cm HD and 30 cm HD products added to EUSI ESA archive collections

    Two new products, 15 cm HD and 30 cm HD, have been added to the collections from GeoEye-1, QuickBird-2, and WorldView (1 – 4).

  • News - Success Stories

    Pléiades celebrates 10 years and extends satellite fleet with Pléiades Neo 17 Dec 2021

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    Pléiades celebrates 10 years and extends satellite fleet with Pléiades Neo

    ESA is proud to mark the 10-year milestone of the Pléiades programme, a forerunner in providing very high resolution (VHR) commercial satellite imagery ideal for precision mapping and in-depth intelligence.

  • News - General News

    Pleiades infographic 16 Dec 2021

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    Pleiades infographic

    17 December 2021 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Pléiades programme, which consists of a constellation of very high resolution satellites owned by CNES and operated by Airbus Defence and Space.