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ESRIN Network downtime - Operations resumed

The network failure on the ESRIN firewall affecting the Earth Observation services since 19 October 2011 has been solved.

A new firewall has been put in operation at ESRIN and the nominal network operations have been restored. In particular nominal security, access rules and routing are back in operation since 20/10/2011 15:15 CET.

Due to overload, network performance issues might however be experienced until the setup of the secondary firewall (clustering) expected to be implemented on 21 October 2011.

The connectivity to the EOLI-SA (catalogue and ordering services) and the Online archives is working nominally.

The Envisat Near Real Time (NRT) processing and dissemination service has been resumed and the backlog will be completed as quickly as possible.

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Slight surface changes detected from space

Scientists are making advances in the use of satellite data to map changes in Earth's surface. Subsidence of only millimetres can be detected thanks to advances in technology.

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CryoSat rocking and rolling

17 October 2011

ESA's ice satellite is rolling left and right in orbit to help it continue its precise measurements of the vast ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica.

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Greenland and the Netherlands look to CryoSat for answers on ice

18 October 2011

As the impact of climate change is felt in the Arctic, ESA's CryoSat ice mission is highlighted as a source of vital information at an exhibition in the Netherlands opened by HRH the Prince of Orange.

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Upgrade of processors in SMOS processing chain

19 October 2011

The new improved processors for level 1 and level 2 soil moisture and ocean salinity data will be deployed at the SMOS operational processing chain starting today.

SMOS Level 3 data now available from national processing centres

18 October 2011

The French Centre Aval de Traitement des Données SMOS and Spanish CP34 are now providing SMOS level 3 data prodcuts.

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Special Acquisition Plan

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
20-Oct-2011 50413 ASA_WS_VV
22-Oct-2011 50434 ASA_WS_VV
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Due to a planned passive decontamination, the following instrument unavailability period has been recordered:

  • MIPAS from 12 Oct 2011 08:00:00 to 19 Oct 2011 09:45:00 UTC

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Volcanic Canaries

The Canary Islands' favourable climate and beaches attract over 12 million visitors per year. Perhaps some beach-goers were on those aircraft that left the multiple contrails over the dark blue water to the north.

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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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SeaSAR 2012 Workshop

18 - 22 June 2012

The European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre are jointly organising the fourth SAR oceanography workshop, SEASAR 2012, entitled "Advances in SAR Oceanography", which is to be hosted in Tromso, Norway, from 18 to 22 June 2012.

The workshop is open to scientists and students in the field of SAR oceanography including ESA Principle Investigators and co-investigators, to users of data from future SAR missions like Sentinel-1 and Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industry.


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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.