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Altimetry production degraded between 21 and 23 May 2011

13 June 2011

The ENVISAT Altimetry production was degraded between 21 May 2011 at 00:58 (starting from orbit #48220) and 23 May 2011 at 15:11 UTC (up to orbit #48257) due to the unavailability of the DORIS and the MWR (Microwave Radiometer) instruments throughout this period.

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CryoSat FAQs

16 June 2011

CryoSat FAQs are now available on the CryoSat website.

CryoSat on Twitter

16 June 2011

The CryoSat mission team has launched a Twitter account, @esa_cryosat, with the scope of providing the CryoSat community with the latest mission and operational status information.

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ERS-2 de-orbiting starting 6 July 2011

14 June 2011

Following the recent ERS-2 de-orbitation review, it has been confirmed that the payload will be permanently switched-off on 5 July 2011 (news of 21 April 2011).

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SMOS gains clearer view as illegal transmitters shut down

14 June 2011

A major international effort to shut down radio signals that have, at times, been blinding the instrument on ESA's SMOS water satellite is producing a marked improvement in the quality of the mission's data

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Planning activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available.
Special acquisition plans

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
19-Jun-2011 84506 24 783 - 837
22-Jun-2011 84549 24 783 - 837
25-Jun-2011 84592 24 783 - 837
28-Jun-2011 84635 24 783 - 837

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
26-Jun-2011 48745 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
30-Jun-2011 48795 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
04-Jul-2011 48860 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
07-Jul-2011 48903 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
08-Jul-2011 48910 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
15-Jul-2011 48918 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
19-Jul-2011 49068 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
23-Jul-2011 49133 ASA_IM_IS6_HH

Earth Watching activities

New images have been published for the following event:
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Plume of sulphur dioxide, Chile

This image shows the huge plume of sulphur dioxide that spewed from Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex, which lies in the Andes about 600 km south of Santiago.

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Fringe 2011 Workshop - Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry

19 September 2011 - 23 September 2011

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2011, its 8th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry", which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, between 19 - 23 September 2011. The series of workshops started in 1992 and are currently organised by ESA every two years.

Registration opened: 15 July 2011

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NEST InSAR course 2011

26 September 2011 - 27 September 2011

ESA is organising the NEST InSAR 2 day course devoted to the Next ESA SAR Toolbox (NEST) and its InSAR capability.

The Course will be hosted in Frascati, Italy on 26-27 September 2011, just after the Fringe 2011 workshop.

Application deadline: 08 July 2011

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VI Workshop Lidar Measurements in Latin America

26 September 2011 - 1 October 2011

The VI WLMLA is a bi-annual meeting, where the Latin American's lidar researchers and students join together to share knowledge with researchers worldwide.

It will be hosted by the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory of the Institute of Physical Research at University of San Andrés (LFA-UMSA), la Paz, Bolivia.

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SMOS Science Workshop

27 September 2011 - 29 September 2011

The French space agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency are jointly organising a workshop, in France, to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present results from their research activities exploiting data from the SMOS mission.

Registration deadline: 30 July 2011

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20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry

24 - 29 September 2012

To mark the 20 year anniversary of the launch of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON, ESA, in collaboration with the French Space Agency, CNES, organised a Symposium in Venice, Italy. This event was sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.