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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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Stay up-to-date with the ESA SMOS Mission: Newsletter February 2017

16 February 2017

The SMOS Newsletter February 2017 has been published and  it is accessible here: SMOS-Newsletter-12-Feb-2017.pdf

Proba-V Collection 1 (C1) Re-processing Campaign Completed

09 February 2017

The Proba-V full-mission re-processing campaign has been completed,

On-line access for the current Collection (C0) will be discontinued by end February 2017.

The new Collection 1 (C1) data set includes significant quality improvements with respect to the previous data version Collection 0 (C0):

  • Updated Cloud detection
  • Re-fined radiometric calibration parameters
  • Release of the intermediate L2a products
  • Meta data compliancy to Climate and Forecasting conventions (v1.6)

Proba-V Collection 1 dataset reprocessing on-going

14 December 2016

The re-processing campaign of Proba-V Collection 1 products is proceeding, adopting the latest processor. Data from October 2013 up to September 2015 are now available to the user community. The re-processing campaign is expected to be finished by January/February 2017. Since 5 December 2016, the new processor was adopted for the near-real time processing.

Envisat – MIPAS Level 2 dataset re-processed with ML2PP version 7.03 is available online

15 September 2016

The Level 2 re-processing of the full MIPAS mission (from 01/07/2002 up to 08/04/2012, including the Full Resolution and the Optimized Resolution mission phases) has been completed with the ESA processor ML2PP version 7.03, and the data have been assessed with respect to their quality.