Here you can read more about Candidates for ESA's Third Party Mission scheme, which are non-ESA missions that may in future provide data access to ESA Categ<ory-1 Users. These missions have been launched recently or are planned for launch soon.
Aura is the chemistry mission of NASA with the overall objective to study the chemistry and dynamics of Earth's atmosphere from the ground through the mesosphere. Aura carries on board the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI).
CBERS Satellite Series is a cooperative program between CAST (Chinese Academy of Space Technology) of the People's Republic of China, and INPE (Instituto de Pesquisas Espaciais) of Brazil.
Pleiades-HR (High-Resolution Optical Imaging Constellation) is a two-spacecraft constellation of CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales - the Space Agency of France), representing a long-term engagement with the introduction of advanced technologies in Earth observation capabilities.
QuickBird-2 is an imaging satellite of DigitalGlobe Inc., USA, offering commercial imagery. QuickBird's global collection of panchromatic and multispectral imagery is designed to support applications ranging from map publishing to land and asset management to insurance risk assessment.
The SAOCOM (Satellites for Observation and Communications) series are Argentina's first Remote Sensing mission carrying instruments on board which operate in the range of microwaves.
TerraSAR-X is a planned operational German SAR satellite mission for scientific and commercial applications (national project).
THEOS (Thailand Earth Observation System) is an Earth observation mission of Thailand, under development at EADS Astrium, Toulouse, France.
TopSat is a UK (United Kingdom) collaborative low-cost satellite mission of QinetiQ (formerly DERA), SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology), RAL (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), and Infoterra, funded by the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) and by the BNSC (British National Space Centre) small satellite initiative (Mosaic).
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