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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 - Third Party Missions

    PROBA-1

    PROBA-1 is a technology demonstration satellite that later became an operational Earth observation mission.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView-4

    WorldView-4 was an imaging and environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe of the United States, which offered very high resolution imagery.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView-1

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

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    PAZ

    The PAZ (Spanish for “peace”) satellite, operates as a constellation alongside TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X.

  • Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    IRS-1C and IRS-1D

    The Indian Remote Sensing satellites IRS-1C and IRS-1D were identical Earth-imaging satellites operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    GOSAT Series

    The GOSAT series is composed of two environment-monitoring satellites developed by JAXA dedicated to the observation of greenhouse gases.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    Landsat Series

    The Landsat series is the world's longest running system of satellites for moderate-resolution optical remote sensing for land, coastal areas and shallow waters.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    WorldView Series

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

  • Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    DMC First Generation

    The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a constellation of microsatellites formerly coordinated by DMCii to provide frequent observations of the Earth for monitoring natural disasters.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X

    The TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites feature a unique geometric accuracy that is unmatched by any other spaceborne sensor.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    Landsat 4 and Landsat 5

    The Landsat 4 and 5 missions were active between 1982 and 2013, and continue the Landsat programme's goal of providing moderate-resolution optical remote sensing for land, coastal areas and shallow waters.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    RADARSAT

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

  • Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    NOAA POES

    NOAA's AVHRR sensor is carried on the POES mission, a constellation of polar orbiting weather satellites.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    Landsat-1 to Landsat-3

    The Landsat 1 to 3 satellites were the first in the United States' Landsat programme, dedicated to monitoring the Earth's land mass.

  • Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    Mission - Heritage Missions, Third Party Missions

    IRS-P6 (ResourceSat-1)

    IRS-P6 (also known as ResourceSat-1) launched on 17 October 2003 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre by the Indian PSLV-C5, and came to an end on 30 September 2013.

  • Mission - Third Party Missions

    Mission - Third Party Missions

    GOSAT-2

    GOSAT-2 (Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite-2) is a JAXA satellite dedicated to the observation of greenhouse gases.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    Deimos

    The Deimos series consists of Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 mission. They are Earth imaging satellites. Deimos-2, a high resolution satellite, became the first European fully-private satellite capable of providing sub-metric multi-spectral imagery.

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    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.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    Spire

    Spire Global's constellation of Lemur nanosatellites is designed, built, and operated by the company.

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    Mission - Third Party Missions

    SkySat

    SkySat is a constellation of high-resolution Earth imaging satellites from the commercial company Planet.