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
18 January 2017
The MERCI web interface hosting Envisat MERIS Reduced Resolution (RR) data is available again.
18 January 2017
Due to maintenance, the MERCI web interface hosting Envisat MERIS Reduced Resolution (RR) data is currently unavailable.
15 December 2016
ESA is pleased to announce that the full Envisat ASAR Wide Swath (WS) archive has been included in the data portfolio of the (A)SAR On-The-Fly (OTF) service.
Latest Mission Results News
12 December 2016
Five satellites spanning two decades have revealed variations in the timing and pace of glacial retreat in West Antarctica. Some glaciers' thinning spreads up to three times faster than on neighbouring tributaries, and was offset by decades.
Since the launch of the first Earth-observing satellites in the 1970s, numerous missions from international space organisations have taken to the sky. Today, decades of data are helping scientists to build a better picture of changes to our planet.
13 May 2016
Satellite readings show that atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide are continuing to increase despite global efforts to reduce emissions.
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.
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