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    Commercial space data help to regreen grasslands in Africa

    Commercial satellite imagery made available through ESA’s Third Party Missions programme is guiding an ambitious community-focused initiative to regrow natural grasslands in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • News - Success Stories

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    TPM data help advance plastic litter detection from space

    Several innovative ESA Discovery element projects exploring remote sensing of plastic marine litter lean on commercial satellite data disseminated via the Agency’s Third Party Mission programme.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    Remote sensing data map impacts of natural hazards

    As climate change increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters, remote sensing data can warn about extreme events and help tackle emergency situations.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    Remote sensing data underpin research on soil

    Environmental data disseminated by ESA’s Earth observation programmes provide knowledge about the stresses on Earth’s soils – aiding many applications such as crop management, drought and flood forecasting, and ecosystem protection.

  • News - General News

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    International collaboration: Summarising ESA’s Third Party Missions

    ESA’s Third Party Missions programme consists of more than 50 missions from around the world. Learn more about the Third Party Missions in this video.

  • News - Success Stories

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    Showcasing success stories from ESA's Third Party Missions

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

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    Global understanding of Earth's land surfaces greatly boosted by satellite data

    ESA perform land surface monitoring with a range of instruments onboard satellites acquiring optical and radar data. Collections of data from these missions are freely available for research purposes.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    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.

  • Document - Data Access Information

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    ESA-archive-third-party-mission-collections.pdf

    Discover the ESA archive data collections offered for the Third Party Missions programme.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    How satellite data help to shape society

    Data from ESA’s Earth observation archives are improving understanding of the interactions between human activities and the environment, helping to power green economic development and boosting prosperity in Europe and beyond.

  • News - Data Release news

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    New Data Voucher for Planetscope on-demand

    ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme offers researchers, scientists and companies from around the world access to Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

  • News - Data Release news

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    Two new ESA archive collections have been opened for PlanetScope and SkySat

    PlanetScope ESA archive and SkySat ESA archive collections are available through ESA’s Third Party Missions programme via Fast Approval Registration.

  • Data - Data Description

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    PlanetScope ESA archive

    The PlanetScope ESA archive collection consists of PlanetScope products requested by ESA supported projects over their areas of interest around the world and that ESA collected over the years. The dataset regularly grows as ESA collects new products. Three product lines for PlanetScope imagery are offered, for all of them the Ground Sampling Distance at nadir is 3.7 m (at reference altitude 475 km). EO-SIP Product Type Product description Processing Level PSC_DEF_S3 3 bands – Analytic and Visual - Basic and Ortho Scene level 1B and 3B PSC_DEF_S4 4 bands – Analytic and Visual - Basic and Ortho Scene level 1B and 3B PSC_DEF_OT 3 bands, 4 bands and 5 bands – Analytic and Visual - Ortho Tile level 3A   The Basic Scene product is a single-frame scaled Top of Atmosphere Radiance (at sensor) and sensor-corrected product. The product is not orthorectified or corrected for terrain distortions, radiometric and sensor corrections are applied to the data. The Ortho Scenes product is a single-frame scaled Top of Atmosphere Radiance (at sensor) or Surface Reflectance image product. The product is radiometrically, sensor and geometrically corrected and is projected to a cartographic map (UTM/WGS84). The Ortho Tiles are multiple orthorectified scenes in a single strip that have been merged and then divided according to a defined grid. Radiometric and sensor corrections are applied, the imagery is orthorectified and projected to a UTM projection. Spatial coverage: Check the spatial coverage of the collection on a map available on the Third Party Missions Dissemination Service. 

  • News - Events and Proceedings

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    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.

  • Document - General Reference

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    Third Party Missions Brochure

    This brochure summarises ESA's Third Party Missions programme, providing a timeline and examples of content related to some of the missions.

  • News - Data Release news

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    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme

    Through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme, researchers, scientists and companies from around the world can apply to access Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

  • News - Success Stories

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    Predicting crop yield using Planet data

    The world’s population continues to grow, while the climate crisis is raising Earth’s temperatures and increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events – all of which affect food security.

  • News - Infographics

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    PlanetScope and SkySat - The high-resolution nanosatellite constellation

    Find out more about the PlanetScope and SkySat missions in our new infographic.

  • News - Success Stories

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    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 - Thematic area articles

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    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface

    Understanding our changing land surface is essential in the study of climate change. Satellites are used to monitor changes to the material that covers Earth’s surface, so-called land cover, such as vegetation and water.

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