ESA is proud to celebrate the excellent long-lasting performance of the Swedish-led Odin mission. Developed in collaboration with Canada, Finland and France, Odin reached its 18-year anniversary on 20 February 2019.
Odin is a Third Party Mission (TPM) and has been part of ESA's Earthnet Programme since 2007. As such, ESA is supporting the provision of Odin data to the international science community and researchers worldwide.
In summer 2019 Odin will also reach another milestone – 100,000 orbits around Earth. Giuseppe Ottavianelli, ESA TPM Manager states, "ESA is proud to support this international mission and its two instruments: the Swedish Sub-Millimetre Radiometer (SMR) and the Canadian Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System (OSIRIS). Despite its mature age, Odin is in good shape and continues collecting important atmospheric and long-term climate data."
Ottavianelli continues: "This milestone highlights the beneficial role of the ESA Earthnet Programme in facilitating these international collaborative efforts. Earthnet literally establishes the "Network for the Earth" capitalising on Member States national investments in Earth Observation and sharing EO knowledge and resources for the benefit of the European scientists and citizens".