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PROBA-1 microsat snaps Olympic neighbourhood

13 August 2012

This Olympics has been watched from all over the world - and beyond. Benefiting from a cloudless sky, this view of London's Olympic Park was captured by the smallest imager aboard ESA's smallest mission: the High Resolution Camera on the Proba-1 microsatellite.

Proba-1 - Delay in update on the ESA Online repository

10 August 2012

Technical problems have been causing a delay in the processing and delivery of PROBA data for upload on the ESA Online repository and in the EOLI-SA catalogue.  

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'Eye operation' puts Proba-1 back in business

14 May 2012

After more than a decade in orbit, ESA's Proba-1 was showing its age - even hibernating last winter. But a software fix to its startracker, radiation-impaired after surpassing its design lifetime five-fold, has returned the veteran Earth-observing microsatellite to full operation.

BIOMASS - Report for Mission Selection - An Earth Explorer to observe forest biomass

The objective of the BIOMASS Mission is to determine the global distribution of forest biomass by reducing the uncertainty in the calculation of carbon stock and fluxes associated with the terrestrial biosphere.

PREMIER - Report for Mission Selection - An Earth Explorer to observe atmospheric composition

The objective of the PREMIER mission is to quantify the processes controlling global atmospheric composition in the mid/upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (5-25 km height range), which is a region of particular importance for climate change.

CoReH2O - Report for Mission Selection - An Earth Explorer to observe snow and ice

The objective of the CoReH2O mission is to fill the gaps in current information on snow, glaciers and surface water. CoReH2O will improve the modelling and prediction of water balance and stream-flow for snow-covered and glacierised basins, the modelling of water and energy cycles at high latitudes, and the forecasting of water supply from snow cover and glaciers, including the relation to climate change and variability.

CEOS Earth Observation Handbook 2012 - Special edition for Rio+20

The EO Handbook presents the main capabilities of satellite Earth observations, their applications, and a systematic overview of present and planned CEOS agency Earth observation satellite missions and their instruments. This edition has been prepared especially in support of the Rio+20 Summit, to assist the debates around how to address sustainable development challenges and, in particular, the information we need to define and implement well-informed environmental policies and the conventions that support them.

PROBA satellite - Operations resumed

19 April 2012

Since the beginning of April 2012, the PROBA-1 acquisitions have resumed nominally.

Access to ESA Earth Observation Data - Quick Guide

This brochure gives a quick overview on the steps to follow in data ordering, projects submission and the assistance provided by the Earth Observation Helpdesk Team.

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PROBA satellite inactive

10 February 2012

Due to thermal issues affecting the spacecraft attitude and pointing control systems, the PROBA satellite is currently inactive and no CHRIS or HRC acquisitions are currently performed.