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Envisat - ESA's efforts to re-establish contact with the satellite

19 April 2012

Since the occurrence of the sudden Envisat anomaly on 8 April, ESA engineers have been trying to re-establish contact with the satellite. So far those attempts have been unsuccessful.

Some useful information has been retrieved thanks to the support of various means (e.g. on ground radar images, Laser Retro-Reflector observations from laser tracking stations, French Pleiades satellite images). Such information shows that the satellite is on its nominal orbit, in one piece, however in an unexpected orientation.

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PROBA satellite - Operations resumed

19 April 2012

Since the beginning of April 2012, the PROBA-1 acquisitions have resumed nominally.

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Roof of the World

Frozen lakes dotting the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia are pictured in this image from ESA's Envisat satellite.

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Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium

23 - 27 April 2012

The European Space Agency is organising the first 'Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium', which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012.

The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geo-Hazard Risk Management

21 - 23 May 2012

ESA is organising the International Forum on Satellite Observation for Geo-Hazard Risk Management which will be held on 21 - 23 May 2012 at the Santorini Convention Centre in Greece.

In association with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the forum will give the opportunity for International experts to meet and discuss how space technology can help us prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

This forum is open to geo-science users and experts working within the field of geo-hazard risk assessment and management, including representatives from space agencies and other value-adding industries. The forum is also open to Earth Observation mission owners/operators and users such as risk management authorities and, land planning and risk prevention service providers and infrastructure managers.


Poster Submission deadline: 27 April 2012

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GlobTemperature - User Consultation Meeting

27 - 28 June 2012

The aim of this first GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, is to survey users' requirements for satellite land surface temperature information.  

The other objective of this meeting is to explore the feasibility of meeting them with available data and techniques, and set a list of priority requirements to be addressed by a potential future GlobTemperature project.

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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.

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3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR & OLCI/SLSTR Preparatory Workshop

15 - 19 October 2012

The European Space Agency, together with Eumetsat, is organising the 3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR and OCLI-SLSTR (Sentinel-3) Preparatory Workshop, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 15 to 19 October 2012.

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ESA-EUSC-JRC 2012 - Image Information Mining Conference

24 - 26 October 2012

The Eighth Conference on Image Information Mining will be held at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, Germany in October 2012. The event is sponsored by European Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG) and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). This year's conference focuses on Knowledge Discovery from Earth Observation Data. The main topics to be discussed during the conference are: image information mining, image semantic automatic annotation, multi modal and multi-sensor information extraction. The event is aimed at European Space agencies and organisations, aerospace industry and research centres.