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EO Operations and Maintenance service transition into new industrial Consortium

The Operations and Maintenance of ESA's Earth Observation Payload Data Systems will be transitioning to a new industrial Consortium, led by Serco, on 1 August 2010. Together with ESA, the Consortium aims at providing users new and improved services over the coming years.

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Commissioning activities are ongoing as planned

27 July 2010

Following a major update of the L1b scientific processors, the first release of the Cryosat data was opened to the cal/val users last week. The cross-calibration of the two SIRAL chains A& B continues with SIRAL A being the current operational one.

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SMOS level 1 data release to general science community

23 July 2010

From 23 July SMOS level 1 data are accessible for the entire SMOS science community through the ESA Earth Observation user services tools. SMOS data can be accessed via subscription or by browsing the multi-mission catalogue, called EOLI-SA.

More details on how to get SMOS data you can find under the link "How to get SMOS data" in the right column. Frequent updates you will find on the weekly EO newsletter to which you can subscribe sending an email to the ESA Earth Observation Helpdesk .

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.
Special Acquisition Plan

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
02-Aug-2010 79904 391 351-459
02-Aug-2010 79911 398 2997-3213
03-Aug-2010 79918 405 477-585
03-Aug-2010 79925 412 2997-3195
05-Aug-2010 79947 434 351-459
05-Aug-2010 79954 441 2961-3231
06-Aug-2010 79961 448 549-621
06-Aug-2010 79968 455 2979-3177
07-Aug-2010 79982 469 3051-3177
08-Aug-2010 79990 477 351-459
08-Aug-2010 79997 484 3051-3177
09-Aug-2010 80004 491 549-603
09-Aug-2010 80011 498 2979-3249
10-Aug-2010 80025 498 3069-3173

Earth Watching Activities

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Gobi Desert

This Envisat radar image features the terrain of the Gobi Desert, which stretches across vast areas of the Mongolian People's Republic and the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China. Envisats Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar acquired this image on 6 August 2009.

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SMOS Validation and Retrieval Team 2010 Workshop

29 November 2010 - 30 November 2010

The first SMOS Validation and Retrieval Team workshop took place on 29-30 November 2010. The purpose of the workshop was to assess the status of the calibration and validation activities for the SMOS mission.