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
The Level 1b re-processing of the full MIPAS mission (from 01/07/2002 up to 08/04/2012, including both Full Resolution and Optimized Resolution mission phases) has been completed with the ESA processor IPF version 7.11. The re-processed MIP_NL__1P data has now been released to the user community and made available online for direct download via the ESA centralised dissemination service (DissHarm).
As of Thursday, 09 April 2015, starting from 16:00 UTC, the EOLI-SA Catalogue and ordering tool has been integrated in the EO Single Sign-On (EO-SSO) architecture.
As of Thursday, 09 April 2015, starting from 16:00 UTC, the EOLI-SA Catalogue and ordering tool will be integrated in the EO Single Sign-On (EO-SSO) architecture.
The accounts currently in use for the data ordering in EOLI-SA will be dismissed.
Latest Mission Results News
05 January 2015
A new study using satellite data suggests that Europe's vegetation extracts more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.
03 December 2014
Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.
03 December 2014
Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover'.
29 September 2014
Data from ESA's veteran Envisat satellite show ups and downs in the concentrations of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide and the climate-relevant greenhouse gas carbon dioxide across the globe.
30 May 2014
As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China's Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite's promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications.
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