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ERS-2 celebrates 15 years of Earth observation

22 April 2010

Originally designed to monitor Earth for just three years, ESA's veteran ERS-2 satellite is still in orbit and going strong after 15 years of delivering essential data to improve our understanding of Earth and climate change.

ENVISAT orbit control manoeuvre (OCM)

22 April 2010

An Envisat orbit control manoeuvre (OCM) has been scheduled from 26 April 2010 at 22:00 UTC to 27 April 2010 at 07:00 UTC. The unavailability of the affected instruments will be communicated when available.

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MIPAS - Planned instrument decontamination postponed to allow continued Eyjafjallajökull ...

20 April 2010

The planned MIPAS instrument decontamination for 20-28 April 2010 has been postponed (mission operation news of 13 April 2010). This decision has been taken to provide MIPAS data users a continuous observation of the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The decontamination is now foreseen in early May.

Envisat RA-2 IGDR product anomaly - Resolved

22 April 2010

The Envisat RA-2 Intermediate products (IGDRs) have been affected by the recent upgrade of the ECMWF model to higher resolution (mission operation news of 4 February 2010). Corrections have been implemented to solve the problem and all affected IGDR products have been reprocessed for the period 26 January to 17 February 2010 (from Cycle 86 - Pass 404 to Cycle 87 - pass 54). Reprocessed IGDR are available in the usual directories on the F-PAC FTP server.

ENVISAT RA2/MWR Data from IPF Version 6.02L04 and CMA 9.3: Further User Information

22 April 2010

Following the change to the new versions of the processing chain that were implemented during cycle 85, the ENVISAT RA-2 Cal/Val team and the Expert Support Laboratories, identified some anomalous parameter values in GDR products.

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I-PAF/PAC - Matera station antenna maintenance

22 April 2010

Due to a scheduled antenna maintenance at the Matera station, operations may be affected during the period 19 April to 21 May 2010 for the Landsat-5 and ALOS missions, whenever there is an acquisition conflict with other missions.

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.
Planning over the Flooding in India and Bangladesh

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
18-Apr-2010 45022 ASA_IM_IS7_HH
20-Apr-2010 42543 ASA_IM_IS5_HH
Additional planning over the China Earthquake

See detailed list of Envisat passes scheduled until September 2010 here.

Earth Watching Activities

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Svalbard Archipelago

This Envisat image captures sea ice and cloud streets in the Svalbard Archipelago, located north of mainland Europe half way between Norway and the North Pole between the Arctic Ocean (top), Barents Sea (bottom right), Greenland Sea (bottom left) and Norwegian Sea.

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ESA Living Planet Symposium 2010

28 June 2010 - 2 July 2010

The 2010 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful ENVISAT Symposia in Montreux (2007), Salzburg (2004), Gothenburg (2000), Florence (1997), Hamburg (1993) and Cannes (1992). The Symposium will provide an opportunity to present results from missions in exploitation (ERS-2, ENVISAT, GOCE, SMOS, CRYOSAT, Third Party Missions) and to introduce future ESA missions (GMES Sentinels, Earth Explorers, meteorological missions) and national EO missions.