Following the loss of communications with the Envisat satellite on 8 April 2012, attempts have continued to re-contact the satellite, without success so far.
Investigations are being performed to interpret information on the spacecraft status collected over the last weeks. The information gathered is used to identify whether the spacecraft can receive telemetry commands as, in parallel to the investigations, attempts are being made to send ground commands to the satellite.
A new version of the Level 2 Soil Moisture processor (V5.51) has been deployed in the operational chain on 24 April 2012. The first data set generated with the new processor has the start acquisition time of 23 April 2012 08:35 UTC.
Third Party Missions - GRACE
20 April 2012
The Instrument Control Unit (ICU) of the GRACE-1 accelerometer was switched-off yesterday (April 19) at 12:17 UTC. The GRACE-2 accelerometer ICU was switched-off today (April 20) at 11:42 UTC. Both activities are related with battery load reduction before the satellites enter the next beta prime=0 event on May 3, 2012. The switch-on of both ICUs is planned for approximately May 15, 2012.
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Earth Observation Events
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earth Observation Resources
24 April 2012
The SCIAMACHY Calibration and Extraction Tool SciaL1C Version 2.1 allowing the selection of specific calibrations to apply to SCIAMACHY Level 1b data is now available also for the Windows operating system.