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ENVISAT orbit control manoeuvre (OCM)

29 September 2009

Following the planned orbit control manoeuvre (OCM) which was executed from 28-29 September 2009, the precise unavailability periods for the affected instruments have been registered.

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.
Planning over the Samoa Tsunami of 29 September 2009

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
05-Oct-2009 39726 ASA_IM_IS2_HH
08-Oct-2009 39776 ASA_AP_IS5_HH/VV
30-Oct-2009 40048 ASA_IM_IS2_HH
27-Oct-2009 40091 ASA_IM_IS2_HH
02-Nov-2009 40134 ASA_IM_IS2_HH
Planning over the Thyphoon Ketsana (Vietnam) of 28 September 2009

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
01-Oct-2009 39665 ASA_WS_HH
04-Oct-2009 39708 ASA_WS_HH


Planning over the Tropical Storm Ketsana (Philippines) of 27 September 2009


Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
03-Oct-2009 39693 ASA_AP_IS7_HH _VV
06-Oct-2009 39736 ASA_AP_IS4_HH _VV
10-Oct-2009 39801 ASA_AP_IS4_HH _VV


Earth Watching Activities


Images have been published for the following events:
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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability period has been recorded:

  • GOMOS from 23-Sep-2009 19:51:47 to 25-Sep-2009 16:51:46 UTC

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Himalayan Mountains

This Envisat image captures Asia's diverse topography, altitude and climate with the snow-sprinkled Himalayan Mountains marking the barrier between the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau (top) in Central Asia and the plains of Nepal, Buthan and India in the Indian subcontinent. This image was acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on 20 February 2009, working in Full Resolution mode to provide a spatial resolution of 300 m.

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Space and the Arctic

20 October 2009 - 21 October 2009

The aim of the workshop - held under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union - is to identify the needs and challenges of working and living in the rapidly changing Arctic and explore how space-based services might help to meet those needs.
Deadline for registration is 9 October 2009.

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New release of DESCW (v 4.70)

A new version of DESCW (v 4.70) is now available online.

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BEAT 6.2.0 and VISAN 3.4.0 released

The Basic Envisat Atmospheric Toolbox project (BEAT) aims to provide scientists with tools for ingesting, processing, and analyzing atmospheric remote sensing data.
This release brings various new features, such as JAVA interfaces for CODA and BEAT-II and added support for new SCIAMACHY level 2 format. The full list of all changes can be found in the readme files and changelog documents included with the BEAT/VISAN packages.