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SMOS water mission winning battle with interference

Wed, 2010-10-06 12:40
The results from ESA's SMOS satellite have been impressive, but the mission has been bugged by patches of interference from radar, TV and radio transmissions in what should be a protected band. Painstaking efforts to reduce these unwanted signals are now paying off.

ESA and oil industries explore applications from space

Mon, 2010-10-04 09:40
Members of the space and oil and gas sectors have come together in the first meeting of its kind to discuss current Earth observation capabilities and the evolving information requirements within the oil and gas industry.

GOCE fully operational again

Wed, 2010-09-29 08:42
Following recovery from a glitch that prevented ESA’s GOCE gravity mission from sending any scientific data to the ground, the satellite has been gently brought back down to its operational altitude and resumed normal service – delivering the most detailed gravity data to date.

ESA calls for Sentinel-1 Mission Advisory Group members

Wed, 2010-09-15 08:28
Within the framework of the GMES initiative, ESA is developing a series of 'Sentinel' satellites. As part of this development process, the Agency has released a call for Mission Advisory Group members for the Sentinel-1 mission.

Satellites reveal Russian fires worst in 14 years

Mon, 2010-09-13 15:16
More wildfires have burned around the Russian capital this year than in the last decade and a half, according to sensors aboard ESA’s observation satellites. The forest and peat bog fires ignited this summer amid an unprecedented heat wave of up to 40ºC.

ESA GlobGlacier project makes important contribution

Wed, 2010-09-08 14:27
An ambitious ESA project to establish a global picture of glaciers and ice caps from space has concluded successfully with end-users highlighting its contributions during the final meeting in Zermatt, Switzerland.

GOCE gravity mission back in action

Tue, 2010-09-07 08:42
ESA’s GOCE gravity mission has recovered from a glitch that prevented the satellite from sending its flow of scientific data to the ground. News of the recovery comes earlier than expected, thanks to the fervent efforts of a team of experts.

Water mission reveals insight into Amazon plume

Fri, 2010-09-03 08:00
ESA's SMOS water mission has taken another step forward by demonstrating that it will lead to a better understanding of ocean circulation. Using preliminary data, scientists can clearly see how surface currents affect the 'Amazon plume' in the open sea.

Earth observation aids disaster relief in Pakistan

Thu, 2010-09-02 08:00
Devastating around a third of the country, it is estimated that the floods in Pakistan have affected up to 20 million people. As part of the effort to support humanitarian relief, satellite data are being used to generate essential maps of the flooded areas.

Earth Observation Summer School at ESRIN

Wed, 2010-08-11 08:42
Young Earth scientists from all over the world are gathering this August in ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy, for the fifth ESA Earth Observation Summer School.

Greenland glacier gives birth to giant iceberg

Mon, 2010-08-09 09:19
Envisat has been observing a rare event in the Arctic since early August - a giant iceberg breaking off the Petermann glacier in North-West Greenland.