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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 - 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

    National missions in the spotlight at the Living Planet Symposium 25 May 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    National missions in the spotlight at the Living Planet Symposium

    In the framework of ESA’s Third Party Missions (TPM) programme, the agency offers access to the full data archives of almost 50 satellite missions, which are owned by organisations around the world.

  • News - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth 18 May 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth

    As anthropogenic activities continue to unbalance our environment, scientists strive to fully understand the intricate interactions within Earth’s system.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring 31 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring

    Over 95% of Earth’s water is found in our oceans, and yet sadly, oceans are under stress from climate change and pollution. Monitoring our oceans is vital for Earth’s survival and satellites are the primary means of long-term and independent observation of our vast ocean bodies and their associated coastal zones.

  • 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 - Success Stories

    How space data are transforming the global food system 2 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How space data are transforming the global food system

    European Earth observation activities are accelerating a data-driven transformation in the agriculture sector that is helping farmers adapt to the dual challenges of climate change and population increase.

  • News - Success Stories

    ICEYE, the World’s First SAR New Space Constellation 20 Dec 2021

    News - Success Stories

    ICEYE, the World’s First SAR New Space Constellation

    ICEYE is a revolutionary Finnish company that developed and launched the world’s first under-100 kilogram synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites into orbit.

  • News - General News

    ICEYE infographic 7 Dec 2021

    News - General News

    ICEYE infographic

    Learn more about the ICEYE mission, a constellation of SAR satellites and part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, in our latest infographic.

  • News - Data Release news

    TerraSAR-X TanDEM-X WorldDEM data now available to users 7 Dec 2021

    News - Data Release news

    TerraSAR-X TanDEM-X WorldDEM data now available to users

    WorldDEM products have been added to the TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X 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.

  • 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

    Earth Observation data to improve navigation risk modelling and shipping routes 8 Oct 2021

    News - Success Stories

    Earth Observation data to improve navigation risk modelling and shipping routes

    With the increased frequency of shipping activities, such as tourism and transport of freights, navigation safety has become a major concern. Even if new technologies have already supplied aids to pilots for navigation risk reduction, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reports that the majority of accidents could have been avoided by providing suitable input to the navigation decision-making process — this is where Earth Observation data can represent complementary information, to improve traffic monitoring and guidance along safe routes.

  • 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.

  • News - General News

    Introducing the newest Third Party Mission: ICEYE 10 June 2021

    News - General News

    Introducing the newest Third Party Mission: ICEYE

    ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has approved the integration of the ICEYE mission, as a Third Party Mission (TPM) within the framework of the ESA Earthnet programme.

  • News - General News

    ESA’s Earth Observation Catalogue and its services 29 Sept 2020

    News - General News

    ESA’s Earth Observation Catalogue and its services

    EO-CAT is the EO Catalogue tool allowing users to search ESA and Third Party Mission collections.

  • News - General News

    ICEYE data available for assessment 18 June 2020

    News - General News

    ICEYE data available for assessment

    The SAR user community is invited to participate to the call to assess the suitability of the ICEYE constellation, for science and EO-based applications.

  • News - General News

    29 July 2019

    News - General News

    Three new Third Party Missions under evaluation

    ICEYE, PlanetScope and Spire under evaluation. Interested users can investigate suitability of the data for scientific and R&D activities.

  • News - General News

    13 June 2019

    News - General News

    PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software new release

    Download the latest version of ESA's Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox (PolSARpro).

  • News - Data Release news

    6 June 2019

    News - Data Release news

    TerraSAR-X ESA archive dataset now available

    TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X products are available to the scientific community.