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Envisat phase extension in EOLI-SA

16 September 2010

The extension of the current Envisat phase, up until the Envisat Orbit change scheduled on 22 October 2010, has been implemented in the EOLI-SA catalogue. Envisat acquisition requests can now be submitted via EOLI-SA up to and including orbit 45197.

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GOMOS instrument anomaly

17 September 2010

There have been a number of interruptions in the GOMOS operations starting on 9 September 2010. Investigations are indicating that the anomalous behaviour was triggered by the occultation of stars at high instrument azimuth angles.

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Planning activities


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

Planning over the Sudan Flood

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
19-Sep-2010 44721 ASA_WS_VV

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
16-Sep-2010 44679 ASA_IM_IS6_HH
19-Sep-2010 44722 ASA_WS_VV

Planning over the Argentina Coast Oil Spill

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
20-Sep-2010 44732 ASA_WS_VV
22-Sep-2010 44767 ASA_WS_VV
23-Sep-2010 44775 ASA_WS_VV
25-Sep-2010 44810 ASA_WS_VV
26-Sep-2010 44818 ASA_WS_VV
28-Sep-2010 44853 ASA_WS_VV
29-Sep-2010 44861 ASA_WS_VV

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
18-Sep-2010 80577 62 351-459
19-Sep-2010 80591 76 531-621
19-Sep-2010 80598 83 2889-3303
20-Sep-2010 80612 97 2997-3357
21-Sep-2010 80620 105 351-441
22-Sep-2010 80634 119 423-513
22-Sep-2010 80641 126 2961-3303
23-Sep-2010 80648 133 495-603
23-Sep-2010 80655 140 2979-3357
25-Sep-2010 80677 162 351-459
25-Sep-2010 80684 169 2961-2979
26-Sep-2010 80698 183 2979-3051
28-Sep-2010 80727 212 2961-3231
28-Sep-2010 80741 226 2979-3033
30-Sep-2010 80755 226 3051-3177

Earth Watching activities

New images have been published for the following event:

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Due to an on-board anomaly the following instrument unavailability periods have been recorded:

  • GOMOS from 10-Sep-2010 13:18:24 to 13-Sep-2010 08:45:53 UTC
  • GOMOS from 13-Sep-2010 14:08:00 to 16-Sep-2010 10:31:28 UTC

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Sahara sand

Envisat captures sand and dust from the Sahara Desert blowing west across Mauritania (top), Senegal (middle) and Guinea Bissau (bottom) and over the North Atlantic Ocean before turning in a northerly direction just above the Cape Verde islands.

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Advanced course on RADAR Polarimetry 2011

17 January 2011 - 21 January 2011

ESA is organising the 1st Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, a devoted course on SAR Polarimetry, Polarimetric Interferometry and its applications. The course will be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 17-21 January 2011.

PhD students from European countries and Canada, interested in Radar polarimetry, are invited to attend. Subject to availability, Principal Investigators and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply.

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POLinSAR 2011

24 January 2011 - 28 January 2011

The European Space Agency is organising POLinSAR 2011, the 5th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, which will be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 24-28 January 2011.

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CryoSat Validation Workshop 2011

1 February 2011 - 3 February 2011

The second international CryoSat Workshop will take place on 1-3 February 2011 at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy. Further information including workshop objectives, deadlines, registration and abstract submission can be found on the workshop website.