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EarthCARE ESA call for proposals now open

15 June 2017

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ESA is pleased to announce the release of an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) Call for the External Calibration and Validation of the EarthCARE products. This AO aims to engage leading expertise for the Calibration and Validation activities for the mission, providing independent experimental data, analysis and recommendations to critically assess the end-to-end performance of the instruments and their products.

The EarthCARE satellite, scheduled for launch in 2019, is developed by ESA in collaboration with JAXA in the framework of its Earth Explorer Missions. EarthCARE will contribute to climate research providing global observations of clouds, aerosols and radiation. The mission has a planned lifetime in orbit of three years.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 October 2017

For more information and proposal submission visit the EarthCARE AO web page.


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First Sentinel-2B images delivered by laser

 12 June 2017

With the Sentinel-2B satellite close to beginning its working life in orbit, this latest Copernicus satellite has linked up to Alphasat by laser, across almost 36 000 km of space, to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.
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The test, which was done as part of Sentinel-2B's commissioning, included capturing a strip of images from Europe to North Africa.