What is Envisat?
Envisat was ESA's successor to ERS. Envisat was launched in 2002 with 10 instruments aboard and at eight tons is the largest civilian Earth observation mission.
More advanced imaging radar, radar altimeter and temperature-measuring radiometer instruments extend ERS data sets. This was supplemented by new instruments including a medium-resolution spectrometer sensitive to both land features and ocean colour. Envisat also carried two atmospheric sensors monitoring trace gases.
The Envisat mission ended on 08 April 2012, following the unexpected loss of contact with the satellite. (See related news from 09 May 2012)
Latest Mission Operations News
17 April 2014
Following the migration of the ESA EO dissemination server "diss-nas-fp.eo.esa.int" at F-PAC/CNES on 16 April 2014, the pwds to access the Envisat Radar Altimetry (RA2) and Precise Orbit (DORIS) data have been changed.
Due to EO Net relocation and migration of the ESA EO dissemination server at the F-PAC/CNES to a new network infrastructure, a service downtime has been scheduled from 08:30 to 13:00 CET on Wednesday 16 April 2014.
02 April 2014
An urgent maintenance at the UK-PAC/PAF will start at 14:30 CEST on 2 April.
Latest Mission Results News
27 March 2014
Twenty years of radar coverage from ESA satellites have been used to measure the rapid thinning of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier - and it's losing more ice than previously thought.
27 September 2013
Building on its use of satellites for responding to disasters, ESA has helped to create a service that makes flood maps available simply via the Internet.
06 September 2013
The amount of sunlight being absorbed or reflected by Earth is one of the driving forces for weather and climate. Satellites are providing this information with unprecedented accuracy.
05 September 2013
If you are a university student from Poland, Czech Republic or Romania and you would like to be on the space scene when the first Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite starts monitoring the Earth next year, apply for the new ESA 'Sentinel-1 Student Transponders' project.
04 September 2013
Ten years of satellite observations of greenhouse gases reveal that carbon dioxide in our atmosphere continues to increase despite international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Satellites also show that recent methane increases are likely due to manmade emissions.
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