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NEWS

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.

  • News - Success Stories

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    6 July 2022

    WorldView-3 helps to track offshore methane plumes from oil and gas

    Scientists have used Earth observation data to reveal enormous methane plumes spilling out from an offshore oil and gas production rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This represents a significant breakthrough in the monitoring of industrial methane emissions from space.

  • News - Success Stories

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    17 May 2022

    Vision-1 to enable cutting-edge science and spur innovation

    Vision-1 – which is the result of a collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) – provides sub-metric imagery to support activities across many industries, including urban planning, agricultural monitoring, land classification, natural resource management and disaster monitoring.

  • News - Data Release news

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    17 May 2022

    Vision-1 data now open to users

    In the framework of the Third Party Missions programme, ESA is offering, for scientific research and application development, access to archive and new tasking data from the Vision-1 mission upon submission and acceptance of a project proposal.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

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    28 Sept 2022

    Very High Resolution data to take centre stage

    In the last few years, European New Space providers have helped strengthen the offering of very high resolution remote sensing data products—a designated workshop this November aims to focus on the latest developments in this arena.

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    22 Dec 2020

    Using Satellite Data to Predict Floods and Droughts

    Scientists are turning to remote sensing to fill the in-situ data gap in hydrological data models in some parts of the world.

  • News - Data Release news

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    12 July 2019

    Updated Precise Orbit data (POD) for the full ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission available

    The Precise Orbit files (ERS.ORB.POD) for the entire ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission periods have been reprocessed with up-to-date standards.

  • News - Infographics

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    22 Feb 2023

    Twin satellites - TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X

    DLR's TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X are twin satellites flying in close formation to acquire SAR data of unique geometric accuracy. Operating together, the missions deliver data that are used to generate Digital Elevation Models of Earth.

  • News - Success Stories

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    7 Feb 2024

    Trailblazing ERS-2 mission enables climate change applications

    As ESA’s ERS-2 satellite approaches Earth’s atmosphere for reentry, it’s time to reflect on the mission’s great achievements in powering climate-related applications.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    29 Aug 2023

    Tracking the world’s forests from space

    As human activities continue to threaten the planet’s forests, data delivered by satellites are boosting global efforts to conserve these crucial natural resources.

  • News - General News

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    29 July 2019

    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 - Operational News

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    12 Feb 2024

    Temporary interruption to Envisat AATSR dissemination service

    A planned downtime will affect the access to the ftp dissemination server for the Envisat AATSR data during the period 13-15 February 2024.

  • News - Data Release news

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    24 June 2021

    Static Maps for ALOS African coverage available for users

    ALOS Africa is a dataset of the best available (cloud minimal, below 10%) African coverage acquired by AVNIR-2 in OBS mode and PRISM in OB1 mode (all Backward, Nadir and Forward views, in separated products), two different collections one for each instrument.

  • News - Data Release news

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    28 July 2022

    Spot Extended Area mode added to ICEYE on-demand portfolio

    As an evolution of Spot mode, Spot Extended Area products are now available with the same resolution of Spot data (ground resolution of 1 m) but enabling to cover the area of 225 km2 (15 x 15 km) in a single SAR image.

  • News - Success Stories

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    14 Feb 2023

    Space data unearths small-scale mining in Burkina Faso

    Satellite data from ESA’s Pléiades Third Party Mission and Copernicus Sentinel-2 were used to demonstrate that deep learning models can accurately and inexpensively identify artisanal and small-scale mining, even in challenging semi-desertic environments.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    30 Jan 2024

    Space data support Earth’s ecosystems

    ESA’s Earth observation (EO) missions are making a critical contribution to monitoring transformations in our planet’s ecosystems, helping track changes in the vegetation, soil, and ocean that affect these systems.

  • News - Infographics

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    21 Feb 2024

    Showcasing the NovaSAR-1 radar satellite

    Learn about the NovaSAR-1 mission in our new infographic.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    2 Nov 2022

    Satellites investigate Earth’s terrestrial hydrosphere

    ESA’s Earth observation satellites are playing a leading role in furthering our understanding of how Earth’s water cycle is being influenced by humankind.

  • News - Success Stories

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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.

  • News - Success Stories

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    11 Feb 2022

    SAOCOM the Argentinean constellation with an Italian twist

    Composed of two satellites launched in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the SAOCOM satellite mission, managed and operated by Argentina's Space Agency, CONAE, covers an array of applications that greatly benefit Earth observation and disaster monitoring.

  • News - Data Release news

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    3 Dec 2021

    SAOCOM data collection now open

    SAOCOM data products acquired over the ASI Zone of Exclusivity (European territory and Mediterranean) are available to registered users.