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
29 July 2015
Due to a scheduled maintenance activity, the EOLI-SA Catalogue and Ordering tool may be unavailable on Thursday 30 July 2015 starting from 10:00 CEST, for approximately 1 hour.
A new version of EOLI is being released: the EOLI-SA 9.6.1 client will be available for download on the EOLI web page upon completion of the maintenance.
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.
Latest Mission Results News
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'.
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.
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