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Success Stories

Read articles about the successes of ESA's mission programmes and applications of the data obtained by the satellites.

  • News - Success Stories

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    30 Jan 2023

    Third Party Mission success stories

    ESA’s Third Party Missions programme consists of more than 50 missions from around the world.

  • News - Success Stories

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    17 Jan 2023

    Pléiades unlocks information about rock glaciers in central Himalaya

    As climate change accelerates the melting of glacial ice, remote sensing scientists are tapping into the potential of Pléiades data to help vulnerable mountainous communities.

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    10 Jan 2023

    Artificial intelligence tool to improve efficiency of mission design

    ESA have developed a method to automatically extract critical information from space mission data to populate a Knowledge Graph. This tool aims to improve knowledge reuse when designing new missions.

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    16 Dec 2022

    Atmosphere-studying Odin mission enjoys ongoing success

    More than two decades after it began operations, the Odin remote sensing satellite is continuing to make strong contributions to high-impact atmospheric science.

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    24 Nov 2022

    Drones join the campaign to validate Aeolus data

    In June and September 2022, the Askos component of the Joint Aeolus Tropical Atlantic Campaign (JATAC), organised by ESA and its international partners, was expanded with new ground-based, drone and radiosonde measurements. The main objective of this campaign was to calibrate and validate Aeolus satellite observations.

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    22 Nov 2022

    Robust airborne radar instrument aids CryoSat ice data

    During the 12 years that ESA’s ice mission – CryoSat – has been monitoring Earth’s ice masses from space, simultaneous airborne measurements were made by ASIRAS.

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    17 Nov 2022

    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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    10 Nov 2022

    Long-term satellite data show wind farms can affect local air currents

    Decades of satellite data have allowed for the first long-term study of the impact of offshore wind farms on downstream wind flow in coastal areas.

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    3 Nov 2022

    SMOS data improve estimates of rainfall in Africa

    Scientists have used soil moisture data from ESA’s SMOS mission to correct high-resolution satellite-based estimates of precipitation in Africa.

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    27 Oct 2022

    ESA’s wind mission could help to forecast tropical storms

    Global wind profiles delivered by Aeolus have great potential to improve the projections of a long-established hurricane forecasting system developed in the US, according to science published in a leading meteorological journal.

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    25 Oct 2022

    Studying forest biomass from space

    Forestry expert Maurizio Santoro, senior researcher at Gamma Remote Sensing and one of the leaders of ESA projects related to the Climate Change Initiative (CCI), explains how the use of various data.

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    20 Oct 2022

    Swarm data help estimate the impact of space weather

    Energy from space weather mostly deposits itself as heat in the upper atmosphere, posing risks to satellites orbiting in the same altitude.

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    6 Oct 2022

    Decades of satellite data reveal the risks of climate tipping points

    Decades-long time series that draw on ESA’s Earth observation archives are enabling scientists to uncover the threat of sudden and potentially irreversible changes to the icy parts of the planet.

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    4 Oct 2022

    Remote sensing scientists raise alarm for African savannah

    Researchers have used high resolution WorldView-3 imagery to map vegetation cover in the Greater Maasai Mara savannah, a global hotspot for biodiversity in Kenya.

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    27 Sept 2022

    Heritage data trains neural networks to detect urban sprawl

    Using data from non-operational ESA remote sensing missions, researchers have trained a network of artificial neurons to recognise how cities change over decades. They hope this will help city planners reduce the impact that urbanisation has on the environment.

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    16 Sept 2022

    Satellites track the health of the ozone layer

    ESA’s Earth observation activities are contributing to international efforts to monitor and preserve the layer of stratospheric ozone that blankets the planet.

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    7 Sept 2022

    Satellite data predicts lower wheat crop yield

    In a market pressed with short supply of grain the dry spring weather of 2022 was devastating for European wheat production, according to a new drought monitor that draws on data from ESA’s SMOS Earth observation mission

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    6 Sept 2022

    Data Quality for Third Party Missions

    Earthnet Data Assessment Project (EDAP+) will continue to build on the success of the Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP) project and aims to assess the quality and suitability of candidate non-ESA Earth observation (EO) missions under consideration for ESA’s Third Party Mission programme.

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    25 Aug 2022

    Tracking mountainous glaciers using TanDEM-X

    Ice melting from mountain glaciers is one of the largest contributors to sea-level rise outside the large ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland. New research leveraging the vast data from the TanDEM-X mission, has successfully mapped glacial elevation change over multiple mountainous regions of the world.

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    26 July 2022

    SAR synergy data for maritime surveillance

    With the aim of safeguarding our oceans, a recent study uses a synergy of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images to improve maritime surveillance.

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