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The  Sensor Performance, Products and Algorithms (SPPA) is the element of the ESA Earth Observation ground segment responsible and performing the following activities:

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Algorithm Development

Developing and upgrading the data processing algorithms in order to meet mission requirements and user needs.


Calibrating the sensors (through the update of on-board and on-ground configuration data) in order to meet product quality requirements.

Validating the generated products assessing, by independent means, the  quality  of  the  generated EO data  products.

Routine Quality Control

Monitoring routinely the status of the  spacecraft  (payload  and  platform) and  to check if the derived products meet the quality requirements along mission life-time.

The activities related to the SPPA constitute a long and continuous process involving a number of various actors with different competencies and objectives.


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Swarm DQW#8 report available

26 November 2018

The scope of this Swarm DQW#8  Report, mainly based on contributions from Swarm DQW#8 session chairs, is to summarise the main points discussed during the workshop and compile key user recommendations and feedback, which should be translated into future Swarm-based products and scientific activities.

SMOS Multimedia book is now on-line

13 November 2018

The SMOS Multimedia book is accessible here

Stay up-to-date with the ESA SMOS Mission: Newsletter November 2018

13 November 2018

The SMOS Newsletter November 2018 has been published and it is accessible here

SMOS offers new perspective on hurricanes

28 September 2018

ESA's SMOS mission can offer an entirely new perspective on hurricanes and typhoons events. Read more on ESA news here