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Swarm satellite thermo-optical properties and external geometry published

22 June 2018

Modelling of non-gravitational forces such as drag or solar radiation pressure requires knowledge of the thermo-optical properties and geometry of the outer surfaces of the spacecraft. These are now provided in a memorandum and can be accessed here.

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Copernicus 20 years on

21 June 2018

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

Swarm data access simplified

21 June 2018

All validated Swarm Level 1b and Level 2 products are now freely accessible to all users via anonymous FTP. 

ESA Living Planet Symposium 2019

21 June 2018

The forthcoming European Space Agency (ESA) Living Planet Symposium 2019 (LPS19), organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), will be held in Milan, Italy, from 13 to 17 May 2019.


Interested users will be able to submit abstracts starting from 10 September 2018, until the deadline of 11 November 2018.


Online registration will open in January 2019. 

New ERS-2 GOME Level 1 v5.1 dataset available online

20 June 2018

The post-operational full-mission reprocessing campaign of ERS-2 GOME consolidated data has been completed with an improved instrument processor version (Level-0-to-1 GDP Version 5.1). A new GOME Level 1b dataset has been generated for the 16-year mission period. The new data bring relevant quality improvements for the revised calibration approach, compensating aging and instrument degradation, and provide enhanced accessibility.

CryoSat Data unavailability on 20 June 2018

20 June 2018

We would like to inform the CryoSat Data users that the SIRAL instrument will be unavailable for maintenance nominally from 11:33 to 12:17 UTC on 20 June 2018.

ALOS PALSAR OTF planned maintenance - 21 June 2018

20 June 2018

Due to a scheduled maintenance, access to the On-The-Fly (OTF) Online Dissemination System (OADS) for the ALOS PALSAR data will be unavailable during the following time frame:

  • Thursday, 21 June 2018 from 09:00 to 12:30 CEST.

GOCE data access simplified

19 June 2018

In line with the ESA Earth Observation Data Policy, all GOCE data are now freely available via the GOCE Virtual Archive without the need of prior registration. This applies also to users that have previously registered and obtained access credentials.

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Sentinel-3 flies tandem

19 June 2018

The key to monitoring Earth's changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?

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Aeolus sets sail

15 June 2018

Today is Global Wind Day, which couldn't be more apt for ESA's Aeolus wind satellite to begin its voyage to the launch site in French Guiana. And, while almost all satellites journey by aircraft, Aeolus is different, it's going by ship.