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Explore the European Space Agency's Earth Observation satellite missions. Learn all about ESA's dedicated Earth Explorers or collaborations with otheragencies through the Third Party Missions programme.

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  • Mission - Earth Watch

    Mission - Earth Watch

    PROBA-V

    The PROBA-V mission provides multispectral images to study the evolution of the vegetation cover on a daily and global basis.

  • Mission - Heritage Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions

    Envisat

    Envisat was ESA's successor to ERS. Envisat carried ten instruments aboard for a wide range of Earth observing fields. The mission was operational from 2002 to 2012.

  • Mission - Heritage Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions

    ERS

    The ERS programme was composed of two missions, ERS-1 and ERS-2, which together observed the Earth for 20 years, from 1991 to 2011.

  • Mission - Earth Explorers

    Mission - Earth Explorers

    Biomass

    The objective of the Biomass mission is to determine the global distribution of forest biomass.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView-1

    WorldView-1 helped meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView Series

    The WorldView constellation are environment-monitoring satellites, from DigitalGlobe, have been supplying imagery since 2007.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    RADARSAT

    The RADARSAT programme consists of a pair of remote sensing satellites from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT

    The SPOT (from French "Satellite pour l'Observation de la Terre") series of missions has been supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery since 1986.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView-3

    WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite sensor operating at an altitude of 617 km. WorldView-3 is capable of collecting up to 680,000 square km per day.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView-2

    WorldView-2 is an environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe which presents images as the human eye can perceive them, creating a more realistic 'true colour' view of the world.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 7

    SPOT 7 (Azersky), like all the SPOT missions, is aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 6

    SPOT 6, like all the SPOT missions, is aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 5

    SPOT 5, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 4

    SPOT 4, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 3

    SPOT 3, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 2

    SPOT 2, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SPOT 1

    SPOT 1 was designed to improve the knowledge and management of Earth's resources, detecting and forecasting phenomena involving climatology and oceanography, and monitoring human activities and natural phenomena.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    IRS-R2 (ResourceSat-2)

    IRS-R2 (ResourceSat-2) continues the remote sensing data services to global users provided by the ResourceSat-1 mission and also provides data with enhanced multispectral/ spatial coverage.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    RapidEye

    Together, the five RapidEye satellites are capable of collecting over 4 million square kilometres of 5 m resolution, 5-band colour imagery every day.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    QuickBird-2

    QuickBird-2 was an Earth-imaging satellite of DigitalGlobe Inc. When launched in 2001, it was then the highest resolution commercial satellite.