Ready to build the Biomass forest mission
03 May 2016
ESA and Airbus Defence and Space UK signed a €229 million contract on 29 April to build the next Earth Explorer: the Biomass satellite, due to begin its mission in 2021.
The satellite will provide global maps of how much carbon is stored in the world's forests and how this stock is changing over time, mainly through the absorption of carbon dioxide, which is released from burning fossil fuels.
Biomass will also provide essential support to UN treaties on the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.