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
27 January 2016
A maintenance activity, scheduled to start on Friday 29 January 2016 at 15:45 CET, will need full shutdown of the EO systems involved.
Latest Mission Results News
08 February 2016
Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, using ice velocity data from satellites such as ESA's heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding back the ice that flows towards the sea. If lost, it could be the point of no return.
13 November 2015
One of Greenland's glaciers is losing five billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers. While these new findings may be disturbing, they are reinforced by a concerted effort to map changes in ice sheets with different sensors from space agencies around the world.
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'.
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