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Reduced Artemis availability for Envisat data acquisitions

22 March 2012

During the third Automated Transfer Vehicle mission ATV-3 (from 23 March to 25 August 2012), both Envisat and ATV-3 are making use of the communication services provided by the Artemis Data Relay Satellite.

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Upgrade of L1c Operational processor in SMOS processing chain

21 March 2012

A new version of the Level 1c processor (v505) has been deployed in the operational chain on 21 March 2012.

Re-processed SMOS data now available

16 March 2012

The recent reprocessing campaign for the entire SMOS data set has been completed and the data set can now be released to the SMOS user community.

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New Landsat operational processor version 1.10

22 March 2012

Between 22 and 27 March 2012 the Landsat processor will be progressively upgraded to a new version (1.10) at ESA Stations.

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Planning activities


Special Acquisition Plan


Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
30-Mar-2012 52741 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
10-Apr-2012 52899 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
13-Apr-2012 52942 ASA_IM_IS6_VV
20-Apr-2012 53036 ASA_IM_IS6_VV
29-Apr-2012 53172 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
10-May-2012 53330 ASA_IM_IS2_VV
13-May-2012 53373 ASA_IM_IS6_VV
20-May-2012 53467 ASA_IM_IS6_VV


Earth Watching activities

See images from the Sandstorm in Yemen and Saudi Arabia event.


See also the Envisat MERIS image animation of the sandstorm on the ESA Portal

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Far east

The Sikhote-Alin mountain range in Russia’s Far East is pictured in this image from Envisat.

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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.

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Release of BRAT v3.1.0

21 March 2012

A new release of the Basic Radar Altimetry Toolbox v3.1.0 is now available with improvements with respect to v3.0.


22 March 2012

The updated versions of the GETASSE DEM files utilised for processing MERIS L1b data with AMORGOS are now available to download.