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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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  • News - Data Release news

    New Data Voucher for Planetscope on-demand 31 Aug 2022

    News - Data Release news

    New Data Voucher for Planetscope on-demand

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

  • News - Data Release news

    Two new ESA archive collections have been opened for PlanetScope and SkySat 26 July 2022

    News - Data Release news

    Two new ESA archive collections have been opened for PlanetScope and SkySat

    PlanetScope ESA archive and SkySat ESA archive collections are available worldwide through ESA’s Third Party Missions programme via Fast Approval Registration.

  • News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action 30 June 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action

    ESA’s Earth observation activities are playing a key role in the revitalised global drive to combat climate change.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Highlights from Living Planet Symposium 13 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Highlights from Living Planet Symposium

    As remote sensing scientists and data-users from around the world converged at the Living Planet Symposium (LPS) in Bonn recently, a common thread was evident in many scientific sessions and meetings – the right environmental data can accelerate our understanding of the rapid changes in Earth’s system.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    VHR Data Quality in the limelight 8 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    VHR Data Quality in the limelight

    In recent years, the satellite landscape has steadily expanded with a variety of very high resolution (VHR) commercial satellites, also emerging from new space providers. A result of this growth is an increased need to address data quality assurance.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

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

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    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).

  • News - Data Release news

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

    News - Data Release news

    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.

  • News - Success Stories

    Predicting crop yield using Planet data 5 May 2022

    News - Success Stories

    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

    PlanetScope and SkySat infographic 20 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    PlanetScope and SkySat infographic

    Find out more about the PlanetScope and SkySat missions in our new infographic.

  • News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani 12 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani

    ESA’s Heritage Space Programme Manager describes the goals of the programme, some of the challenges involved in preserving and improving 40 years of historical Earth observation data, and his passion for curating this long-term archive.

  • News - Success Stories

    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services 17 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services

    In emergency services, rapid response is paramount. ICube-SERTIT’s Rapid Mapping Service provides near real-time delivery of geo-information to help emergency services respond quickly to disasters such as flooding, fires and landslides. A new Python open-source library, called EOReader, speeds up this mapping response by enabling the easy opening of imagery from multiple satellite sensors, both optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

  • News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani 4 Mar 2022

    News - General News

    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.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface 2 Feb 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface

    Understanding our changing land surface is essential in the study of climate change. Satellites are used to monitor changes to the material that covers Earth’s surface, so-called land cover, such as vegetation and water.

  • News - General News

    Heritage Missions timeline 28 Jan 2022

    News - General News

    Heritage Missions timeline

    ESA's Heritage Space Programme preserves historical data from over 40 years of Earth observation missions.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021 17 Nov 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021

    A planned software maintenance activity will affect ESA's data dissemination services from Monday 22 November to Wednesday 24 November 2021.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA Third Party Missions collections maintenance 15 November 2021 10 Nov 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA Third Party Missions collections maintenance 15 November 2021

    A planned software maintenance will affect ESA's Third Party Missions data dissemination service next Monday 15 November 2021 from 07:30 to 08:30 UTC

  • News - General News

    Third Party Missions infographic 8 Nov 2021

    News - General News

    Third Party Missions infographic

    ESA’s Third Party Missions programme consists of almost 50 satellite missions, which are owned by organisations around the world. ESA has agreements with these organisations to acquire, process, and distribute data from their missions

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Φ-Week Triumphs 25 Oct 2021

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Φ-Week Triumphs

    In its fourth edition, Φ-Week presented the scientific community with amazing opportunities and projects—thus running alongside innovation at 360 degrees.

  • News - Success Stories

    ERS' Contribution to Altimetry 11 Oct 2021

    News - Success Stories

    ERS' Contribution to Altimetry

    Satellite radar altimetry missions have transformed the way we see Earth and its oceans. Using the ranging capability of radars, they measure the surface topography profile along a satellite’s track.

  • News - General News

    ESA Third Party Missions timeline 23 Sept 2021

    News - General News

    ESA Third Party Missions timeline

    We've released a new timeline to illustrate the history of the ESA Third Party Missions.