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September 2016

Sentinel Data Revolutionises Monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef

EOMAP drives new methods to enable the detection and monitoring of coral bleaching developments, using the European Sentinel-2A satellite. The T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge Winner 2013 partnered with the Remote Sensing Research Centre of Queensland University and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to implement this pathbreaking work successfully. ...



July 2016

Attend the Satellite Masters Conference on 25 - 26 October

Explore cutting-edge space applications at the third Satellite Masters Conference, which will take place from 25 - 26 October 2016 in Madrid. This pioneering event connects high-level representatives from leading institutions and forward-thinking industry with thriving startups and award-winning entrepreneurs. ...



July 2016

7 Reasons to Participate in Innovation Competitions

What makes startups and entrepreneurs submitting their ideas to innovation competitions? As the organisers of the Copernicus Masters competition, that is on the hunt for outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts for commercial use of Earth observation data, we addressed this question to our participants from all over the world. We would like to share the results with you and take you on a virtual motivation journey to provide you with seven main reasons why participation boosts your business. ...



July 2016

President of the EU Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula visits AZO

During his visit to Bavaria, including meetings with State Minister Merk and Landtag President Stamm, Markku Markkula, President of the EU Committee of the Regions visited AZO. Markku Markkula took a tour of AZO's business headquarters in Oberpfaffenhofen to get to know AZO and its forward-thinking initiatives, supporting growth all along the value chain. ...



July 2016

Deep Learning Boosting Automatisation of EO Data

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of technology's current hot topics, aiming to enable machines to learn and think alike human beings. Deep learning algorithms function very similar to the transfer and processing of information by the human brain and in particular human nerve cells, meaning that the brain not only recognises specific characteristics and patterns, for instance images, but is also capable of making associations and actually understanding what it is looking at. ...



July 2016

Building Radar - Data Analytics Platform for Construction Detection and Monitoring

Building Radar has developed the first global satellite-based search engine for new building projects by merging satellite data, machine learning and data mining. The Munich startup makes use of a custom-developed algorithm to identify new building projects around the world, providing an all-new monitoring and detection service for the construction industry. ...



July 2016

GAIA - Predicting Plant and Crop Diseases with EO Data

GAIA, provides farmers with an app enabling them to identify risks early on and obtain crop yield predictions. The app collects all the relevant measurements from satellite data and, as an added option, in-situ sensors, in order to match areas of interest with possible diseases. The climate-smart crop solution is focused on the delivery of agricultural risk management products derived from seasonal climate forecasts, resulting from satellite data. Detailed knowledge of exact field conditions will aid farmers save water and many other kinds of resources. ...



July 2016

Smart Voice Recognition App Wave Wins Open Data Challenge in Austria

Wave, the city guide app for Vienna with smart voice recognition was rewarded once again. Following its success in winning the Seamless Cities App Camp 2014 and the ESA App Challenge 2015, the Austrian startup took the victory in the Open Data Challenge of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, according to the motto: "Data seeking ideas, ideas seeking data". Wave founder Patrick Wolowicz was awarded as best submission in the categories "solutions" and "traffic". To top it off, Wave also won the special prize "data4people - Smart Vienna Data", sponsored by Tieto. These prizes are endowed with EUR 2,000 each. ...



July 2016

European Commission Launches Copernicus Accelerator

To speed up the user uptake of the European Union's Earth observation programme Copernicus, the European Commission's Copernicus Accelerator will now foster the development of commercial space applications and products. ...



June 2016

An Eye on Earth: Combined Data Use in New Business Models

The Sentinel satellite constellation and the ground stations of Europe's Copernicus programme deliver huge amounts of data on our planet every single day. In addition to supporting long-term studies of climates and environments, they provide rapid access to aerial overviews in the event of sudden floods, forest fires, and other natural disasters. Thanks to new developments in big data, cloud computing, and other areas, commercial applications and other products in many sectors of the economy are growing more and more proficient at handling huge quantities of information. ...



June 2016

AZO Startup Spreads its Wings at the European Space Solutions

ESA BIC Nordwijk incubatee and Space App Camp participant Wendy Mensink, Co-founder of Viridian Raven, explained the development of her business case and gave insight into her experiences as part of the ESA BIC programme. Her inspiring presentation was part of the AZO side session at the European Space Solutions in The Hague. ...



June 2016

Canadian Startup Helps Produce World's First Selfie from Space

Canada's UrtheCast, the startup that won the T-Systems Challenge of the Copernicus Masters 2011, has been one of the pioneers in leveraging the commercial synergies between satellite data and the instruments on board the ISS. The company's own ultra-HD cameras have been installed on the ISS, where they see use in monitoring environmental protection efforts, humanitarian aid, social events, agriculture, and many other areas. ...



June 2016

Wanted: Mobile Apps to Handle Big Data from Space

An array of Earth observation satellites, including the Sentinels involved in Europe's Copernicus programme, collect untold amounts of data as they circle our planet. This high-resolution imagery and further information on climates and environments present tremendous potential in overcoming some of the biggest challenges of our time. ...



May 2016

Using the Intelligence Space Data Provides for Sustainable Living, Energy, Environment and Health

Sustainable energy and the protection of our natural resources are predominant topics of today's society. As natural resources on Earth are limited and at the same time worldwide demand for energy, water and food is rising, Earth observation (EO) data holds huge potential to tackle these issues by providing valuable information. ...



May 2016

Smart Voice Recognition: Wave 1.0 now available in the App Store

The Seamless Cities App Camp 2014 and ESA App Challenge 2015 winner, Wave, is now officially available in the App store. This represents a huge step in the development of the innovative iOS voice assistant application. Wave is specialised in providing intuitive and wide-ranging information of a customised smart city guide for the city of Vienna that fits in any pocket. ...



May 2016

Tackling the Challenges of Fresh Water Pollution with Data from Space

Fresh water is a natural resource many parts of the Earth already lack today. At the same time the pollution of fresh water lakes with cyanobacteria is a serious global threat. As this tendency is increasing, the Ideas Challenge 2014 winner CyanoLakes provides a solution that functions as a public warning system for cyanobacteria relying on satellite-based data. Its service uses accurate and up-to-date Copernicus high resolution images, in order to supply government authorities and other public organisations with information regarding destructive cyanobacteria blooms and respective nutrient enrichment in fresh water lakes. ...



May 2016

DeforestAction: Crowdsourced Rainforest Monitoring Platform

The Ideas Challenge winner and overall winner 2011, DeforestAction, combines the forces of Earth observation with social media, human computation and collaborative intelligence. Through the use and integration of near real-time satellite data, the monitoring platform is able to aid capture illegal deforestation. The platform can hold tremendous amounts of data including high resolution imagery as well as video footage from various data sources. ...



May 2016

rasdaman Proves Success by Using Big Data from Space

The T-Systems Big Data Challenge winner 2014 elevated the profile of Science SQL and that of rasdaman itself. The evaluation of rasdaman's idea by an expert jury endorsed its status as the leading service for integrating Earth observation data in terms of high flexibility and scalability. Now, the collaboration of rasdaman GmbH and T-Systems International GmbH focusses on big data, remote sensing, and other data service projects. This cooperation has enlarged the user portfolio of rasdaman GmbH on a huge scale. ...



May 2016

Handling Big Data with Cloud Computing

Cloud service and big data from space: For the T-Systems Open Telekom Cloud Challenge these key terms are driven with enthusiasm, inventive spirit and are made tangible. As a matter of fact, cloud computing simplifies the operational use of big data, no matter what size or type of the company or organisation. Within the Copernicus Masters competition, this challenge awards the best Copernicus-related idea or service, that uses Sentinel data in combination with other data sources on Telekom's public cloud platform. Of particular interest are solutions that offer benefits to European citizens and their public administrations, which face challenges in meeting increased demand for mobility, urban logistics, tourism, and more while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts. ...



April 2016

Astrosat manages the jungle of Malaysia with data from space

The space science and management company Stevenson Astrosat Ltd. and Copernicus Masters winner 2015 was invited to make the effectiveness of its revolutionary Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID) system evident to the Malaysian government in field conditions. In association with the UK Space Agency and its International Partnership for Space team (IPSP), Astrosat's CEO, Steve Lee demonstrated the capabilities of the RAPID system to Malaysian ministers for more than 14 intense hours in the jungle, alongside fellow IPSP company Crib Gogh. ...



April 2016

Calling All Innovators: Competition Seeks Applications Leveraging Data from Space

Visionary teams and individuals from the realms of business, research, and higher education now have the chance to write their own chapter of the Copernicus Masters success story. Geared towards entrants from all over the world, the sixth edition of the biggest international competition in the commercial use of Earth observation data is on the hunt for outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts that use such information in everyday life. Renowned partners are sponsoring prizes in seven topic-specific challenges. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive access to a leading international network, corresponding data, startup funding, and other support valued at more than EUR 300,000 in total. The submission phase is scheduled to end on 18 July 2016. ...



April 2016

ESA App Challenge winner 2013 founded Ramani and reaches for the stars

Valentijn Venus and his team won the ESA App Challenge 2013 with their innovative approach, combining crowdsourcing with Earth observation data. He developed the winning application together with his team as participants of the App Camp 2013. After completing the App Camp and submitting Cheetah to the ESA App Challenge 2013, Valentijn Venus and his team were announced as the lucky winners of the ESA App Challenge. ...



March 2016

Astrosat is working on a UK Space Agency project to stop deforestation

Astrosat Ltd. winner of the Satellite Applications Catapult Challenge 2015 is working on a UK Space Agency project to stop deforestation of vast tracts of land in Guatemala in Central America. The blight of illegal timber removal from fragile rainforests could be alleviated by a "CCTV in the sky" being developed by Scottish-based, internationally-operating space services and management company Astrosat. ...



March 2016

Gamaya included in top-50 Swiss startups for investment

The winning team of the CloudEO Going Live Challenge 2015 is included in top-50 Swiss startups for investment ...



March 2016

Winner of the NCMA Spatio-Temporal Visualisation Challenge 2015 in D4G finals

SenseLab, the organisation behind the winning idea of the 2015 NCMA Spatio-Temporal Visualisation Challenge is in the D4G (Drones for Good) finals.
The phone-drone idea was recognized as a revolutionary idea several months ago when the team entered the Copernicus Masters finals with a simpler mobile phone - drone bundle model for mapping and Earth Observation applications. Since then, the dream, requirements and ideas have grown to mature in a novel first aid drone, integrating a mobile phone, the 'phone-drone' as they call it ...



February 2016

Winning team of the Space App Camp announced

New challenges and opportunities arise as Europe's Copernicus programme continues to launch the Sentinel satellites, converting their data into accessible products that can benefit citizens. The Space App Camps give developers the chance to deliver data from these and other satellites to the everyday user, via mobile apps. ...



February 2016

Building Radar - monitoring construction progress and change detection with satellites

Smart Cities is the focus topic of the new edition of GeoConnexion International Magazine. Building Radar is featured with an article presenting its satellite-supported search engine for construction projects. The Munich startup is incubated at ESA BIC Bavaria and lately was nominated the winner of the Copernicus Masters Earth observation competition, both initiatives managed by AZO. ...



February 2016

Sentinel-3A Fully Tanked

With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the 'to do list' and the propulsion team is already decontaminating their equipment before returning home.

Official confirmation of the new launch date had to come before the team could start this delicate operation.

The hydrazine fuel is extremely toxic so only a few specialists remained in the cleanroom during fuelling. A doctor and security staff waited nearby with an ambulance and fire engine ready to respond to any problems. ...



January 2016

Rise and shine for Sentinel-3A

Following the Christmas break, the Sentinel-3A satellite has been taken out of its storage container and woken up as the campaign to prepare it for launch resumes at the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. Liftoff is set for 4 February. UPDATE 27 January: new launch date is 16 February.

This latest satellite for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme has been at the launch site since early December going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. ...



December 2015

Sentinels-3A taking final steps to launch

After an eventful journey to Russia, by plane, lorry and train, the Sentinel-3A satellite is safe and sound in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, for lift-off next month.
This latest satellite for Europe's Copernicus environmental programme carries a suite of state-of-the-art instruments that is perhaps the most comprehensive in the Sentinel series. ...



November 2015

Sentinel-3A on its way

The latest satellite for the European Commission's Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.

Carrying a suite of state-of-the-art instruments, Sentinel-3A is set to provide an unprecedented step forward in the Copernicus marine, land, atmosphere and climate change services. ...



November 2015

International effort reveal Greenland ice loss

One of Greenland's glaciers is losing five billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers. While these new findings may be disturbing, they are reinforced by a concerted effort to map changes in ice sheets with different sensors from space agencies around the world.

It is estimated that the entire Zachariae Isstrom glacier in northeast Greenland holds enough water to raise global sea levels by more than 46 cm. ...



November 2015

Canada joins collaborative ground segment

ESA and the Canadian Space Agency have signed an agreement that facilitates access to the Sentinel satellite data primarily for users from Canada.

The agreement includes the deployment of Collaborative Archiving and Dissemination Centres and a National mirror site, all under the lead of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation.

Since the launch of Sentinel-1A in April 2014, data from the Sentinel satellites and contributing missions to the Copernicus programme are freely accessible. ...



October 2015

Munich Start-up Building Radar Wins Copernicus Masters Competition

Building Radar GmbH - providing a global, satellite-based online database for new construction projects - has just been named this year's overall winner of the international Earth observation competition Copernicus Masters.

Founded in Munich by Paul Indinger, Leopold Neuerburg, and Artem Ostankov in 2014, the start-up came out on top in the competition's European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge and went on to edge out the winners of seven other categories for the grand prize. ...



September 2015

GAIA wins Space App Camp 2015

Using satellites to predict plant and crop diseases is just one of the fresh ideas produced over a week-long camp dedicated to creating mobile apps using Earth observation data.

Twenty-three developers from nine countries, representing Austria, Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain, gathered last week at ESA's ESRIN centre in Italy, for the fourth annual Space App Camp. ...



September 2015

ESA's fourth Space App Camp starts on Monday, 14 September

ESA's fourth Space App Camp starts on Monday, with 23 professional app developers from all across Europe at the Agency's facility in Frascati, Italy.

Huge amounts of data from space – the kind produced by the European Earth observation Copernicus programme and its Sentinel satellites – offer countless opportunities for global challenges, in connection with mobile applications. ...



September 2015

Register for the Satellite Masters Conference

Explore cutting-edge space applications at the second Satellite Masters Conference, which will take place from 20-22 October 2015 in Berlin. The event will feature an outstanding blend of conference sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions centred around leveraging satellite-derived data and other space solutions for business and society. ...



September 2015

Join the Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters and the ESNC

The 2015 joint Awards Ceremony of Europe's major innovation competitions for space applications - the Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) - will take place on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 in Berlin.

This festive event will recognise the year's most outstanding applications for Copernicus and Galileo in various categories. The prizes will be presented by high-ranking representatives from industry entities, research organisations, and other institutions. ...



July 2015

Copernicus Masters 2015 breaks record!

We received over 200 applications from close to 50 countries.
Thanks to all participants and everyone involved for this great success!

Currently all submitted entries are being evaluated by an international Jury.
Stay tuned and excited for the winners announcements on 20 October! ...



July 2015

Sentinel-2: An introduction

An introduction to the Sentinel-2 mission for Europe's Copernicus programme and some of its benefits for the planet's ever-growing population, such as deforestation monitoring, food security and the sustainable management of natural resources. ...



July 2015

First applications from Sentinel 2-A

From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe's new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the 'colour vision' mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe. ...



July 2015

Strengthening cooperation on Earth observation and the environment

The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, which sets out common objectives and areas of cooperation in the field of Earth observation and the environment over the coming years. ...



June 2015

Copernicus: launching companies, not just satellites

After the exhilaration of receiving operational data from Sentinel-1, comes another reason to get excited - the launch of Sentinel-2. The first of a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-2 will deliver high-resolution optical data in 13 spectral bands over the Earth's land masses providing the next layer of data feeding into the Copernicus Land Monitoring Services.? ...



June 2015

Sentinel-2 delivers first images

Just four days after being lofted into orbit, Europe's Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began in Sweden and made a strip-like observation through central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending in Algeria ...



June 2015

Second Copernicus environmental satellite safely in orbit

The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A – was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.

The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:52 GMT on 23 June (03:52 CEST; 22:52 local time, 22 June).

The first stage separated 1 min 52 sec after liftoff, followed by the second stage and fairing at 3 min 37 sec and 3 min 54 sec, respectively, and the third stage at 6 min 32 sec. ...



June 2015

UrtheCast Releases World's First Full-Color HD Videos of Earth from Space

Videos of London, Boston, and São Paulo showcase life on Earth viewed from the International Space Station.

VANCOUVER, JUNE 17, 2015 | UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company"), the Earth Observation (EO) company aiming to open the world to anyone with an internet connection, today announced that it has released the first-ever, full-color HD videos of Earth, filmed from the International Space Station (ISS) at roughly one-meter resolution. ...



June 2015

Sentinel-3 Strips off

Building a satellite is a complex business, most of which goes on in the confines of a cleanroom. This new animation shows the upcoming Sentinel-3 satellite stripped bare, revealing its inner glory – a view normally only granted to the engineers responsible for piecing together this extraordinary technology.

Of all the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, Sentinel-3 is arguably the most comprehensive. Carrying a suite of state-of-the-art instruments, it will systematically monitor Earth's oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to understand large-scale global dynamics and provide critical information for ocean and weather forecasting ...



June 2015

Worldwide water quality app hits the web

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched the first harmonised, high-resolution inland water quality monitoring service based on satellite data.

The free web application, called eoApp, enables anyone with a web browser to view various water quality parameters in a selection of sites across the globe ...



June 2015

Urban Challenge Looking for Innovators

The quality of satellite imagery is improving year by year, to the point where it is now possible to read signage and see line markings clearly. Not only has there been an improvement in visual resolution now satellites like WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 are delivering imagery in 8 spectral bands, more than the eye can see. ...



June 2015

Sentinel-1 brings radar remote sensing to new level

With frequent observations from the year-old Sentinel-1A radar satellite scientists are improving the remote sensing technique to map ground deformation, opening new doors for earthquake and volcano monitoring.

By comparing data from past satellite radar missions – ERS and Envisat – with those obtained from the current Sentinel-1A, researchers of Italy's Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA-CNR) have shown the drastic improvement in mapping surface deformation. ...



June 2015

It's that time again: Professional app developers from all across Europe can now apply to participate in this year's Space App Camp by 22 July 2015.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is about to invite 20 committed developers to its fourth Space App Camp, a free event scheduled for 14-21 September 2015 at the Agency's ESRIN facility in Frascati (near Rome), Italy.

Tremendous amounts of data from space - the kind produced by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites - presents countless opportunities in connection with mobile applications. ...



June 2015

New launch date set for Sentinel-2A

The second satellite in Europe's Copernicus programme is set for launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 June at 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST 23 June; 22:52 local time 22 June).

Fuelling of the satellite was completed yesterday at the launch site. ...



May 2015

Ensuring the Continuity of Ocean Topography Data

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space today signed a €177 million contract to develop the Jason-CS / Sentinel-6A satellite mission for Europe's Copernicus programme.

The mission will use a radar altimeter to observe changes in sea-surface topography with centimetre precision, providing insights into global sea levels, the speed and direction of ocean currents and ocean heat storage. ...



April 2015

Nepal earthquake on the radar

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.
Radar imagery from the Sentinel-1A satellite shows that the maximum land deformation is only 17 km from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, which explains the extremely high damage experienced in this area.
By combining Sentinel-1A imagery acquired before and after the quake, changes on the ground that occurred between the two acquisition dates lead to rainbow-coloured interference patterns in the combined image, known as an 'interferogram', enabling scientists to quantify the ground movement ...



April 2015

Preparing to Launch "Colour Vision" Satellite

The latest satellite for the European Commission's environmental Copernicus programme has arrived safe and sound in French Guiana for launch on 12 June. Carrying a multispectral imager, Sentinel-2A is set to give us a new perspective of our land and vegetation.

Greeted by pouring rain and equatorial warmth, the huge Antonov cargo aircraft that carried the Sentinel from Germany touched down at Cayenne airport in the early morning of 21 April ...



April 2015

High-Level Speakers Launch International Satellite Innovation Competitions

On 21 April, 2015 the two leading innovation competitions in GNSS and Earth observation - the 12th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the 2015 Copernicus Masters - have been officially kicked off in London at the House of Commons. The event was the opportunity to join some of the key stakeholders of space institutions and industry in taking the best of innovation to the marketplace and glimpse the volume of innovative space applications. Attendees included representatives from European Space Agency (ESA), European GNSS Agency (GSA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), European Space Imaging (EUSI), T-Systems International GmbH, Satellite Applications Catapult, and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). ...



April 2015

GEO Illustration Challenge "Transcending Borders" Now Open for Submissions

The GEO Illustration Challenge is asking participants to give our planet a new face. The theme is "Transcending Borders - and Changing the Earth's Image". From illustrators and designers to keen Photoshoppers, everyone is invited to participate. The grand prize: a VIP invitation to a 2016 ESA satellite launch at Guiana Space Centre near Kourou, French Guiana. ...



April 2015

New Ideas and Markets Emerging Based on Big Data from Space

The Copernicus Masters competition is inviting all interested participants to submit outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts involving innovative uses of Earth observation data by 13 July 2015. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive access to a leading international network, corresponding data, start-up funding, and other support valued at more than EUR 300,000 in total. ...



April 2015

The 2030 Vision For A World Empowered by Satellites

Discover how future satellite based technologies will empower global society as we strive to maximise the potential of space and satellites. ...



March 2015

International Kick-Off for the ESNC & The Copernicus Masters 2015

This year Europe's two leading innovation competitions, European Satellite Navigation Competition and the Copernicus Masters, is inviting interested individuals to learn more about these competitions at their kick-off event.

This event offers the opportunity to join a number of companies and organisations to discover the best innovations in the marketplace, and glimpse the volume of innovative space applications. Speakers and panelists include high-ranking representatives from the European Commission, ESA, European GNSS Agency (GSA) and Innovate UK ...



March 2015

UK Joins Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment

ESA and the UK Space Agency have signed an arrangement that establishes access to data from the Sentinel satellites, marking a significant step in their exploitation. ...



March 2015

Enterprising Lothian space technology expert keeps business eye on the world

Astrosat's speciality is in processing raw data gathered by governments and space agencies by satellites into commercially useful and accessible information for the end user. ...



March 2015

ESA App Camp Barcelona

At this year's Mobile World Congress, the European Space Agency (ESA) and SAP SE rewarded exciting apps that tackle the challenge of global food security by monitoring and managing agricultural land. ...



February 2015

Last look at Sentinel-2A

Before Sentinel-2A is packed up and shipped to French Guiana, media representatives and specialists got one last look ...



February 2015

Sentinel-2 Practisces Laser Spin

As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure ...



February 2015

3 new Copernicus services to reach operational status in 2015

The Copernicus Climate Change, Marine Environment and Atmosphere Monitoring services will start operations in 2015 ...



February 2015

A crucial milestone for the Copernicus infrastructure

Two Delegation Agreements ensure the development of the Space Component over the next 7 years ...



January 2015

Satellites Catch Austfonna Shedding Ice

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites ...



January 2015

Nuclear deterrent

Tamara Patton's winning project idea for this year's Copernicus Masters European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge addresses this critical issue ...



January 2015

Catapult and Pew Charitable Trusts launch pioneering technology

The Satellite Applications Catapult and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today launched their ground-breaking near real-time technology ...



January 2015

UrtheCast Announces Advisory Board

2011 T-Systems Challenge winner UrtheCast announces new advisory board to provide strategic guidance in space and technology ...



January 2015

ESA App Camp Barcelona 2015

The ESA App Camp is inviting developers to Barcelona. The participants will be selected at six simultaneous Appathons across Europe on 24-25 Jan ...



January 2015

Sentinel 3 fully formed

For more than 18 months, engineers have been carefully piecing together the many components that make up ESA's Sentinel-3A satellite ...



December 2014

TRACKING A BURNING ISSUE FROM SPACE

FIREHUB provides real-time information on the status of fires and how they are spreading on the ground to authorities that are actively involved in fire disaster management and firefighters ...



November 2014

DLR and ESA sign the Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for Sentinel Data

With the first Copernicus satellite now operational, ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data ...



October 2014

Winners of the Copernicus Masters 2014 announced

The first Earth observation service for extensive and uninterrupted coverage of land stability monitoring and mapping with millimetre-precision has been named the winner of this year's Copernicus Masters competition ...



October 2014

First Copernicus Sentinel Now Operational

With the commissioning of Sentinel-1A completed and the satellite's transfer to the team in charge of its exploitation, its data are available now ...



September 2014

New Toolboxes Make Using Sentinel Data Easy

Paving the way for easy scientific exploitation, ESA has released three new open source scientific software toolboxes ...



September 2014

Bringing Earth observation to the everyday user

Using satellites for improving the exploitation of water resources is just one of the innovative ideas developed over the week-long 'camp' dedicated to creating mobile apps drawing on EO data ...



September 2014

Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake

Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years. ...



August 2014

Sentinel-1 – Earth's topography as a coloured pattern

The radar system on board the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite has been imaging Earth's surface in 250-kilometre swathes since April 2014. ...



August 2014

Sentinel-1 poised to monitor motion

Although it was only launched a few months ago and is still being commissioned, the new Sentinel-1A radar satellite has already shown that it can be used to generate 3D models of Earth's surface and will be able to closely monitor land and ice surface deformation. ...



July 2014

Monitoring Water Quality Down Under

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched a new web-based application that provides daily maps of Australia's coastal water quality ...



July 2014

European Space Imaging can now process 40 cm imagery from WorldView satellites

As the pixels are smaller, an image at 40 cm is clearly smoother and with more visible information. The image exposes more detail which makes it easier to differentiate between objects ...



July 2014

CloudEO partners with former Copernicus Masters winner Eomap

EOMAP, winner of the T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge 2013, has launched its Web Store where clients have direct access to global water quality and bathymetric data products derived from satellite imagery ...



July 2014

Satellite Applications Catapult Operates one of the UK's Latest National Satellites

It will gain data for both commercial and scientific use, such as: monitoring the maritime and shipping environment, monitoring man's impact on the Earth, and providing in-situ measurements ...



June 2014

Trends in the Optical Commercial Remote Sensing Industry - Part 2

In the second of a two-part article, Kumar Navulur, Fabio Pacifici and Bill Baugh report on how the remote sensing industry is leveraging the latest technology to capture, process and distribute satellite imagery ...



June 2014

Trends in the Optical Commercial Remote Sensing Industry - Part 1

In the first of a two-part article, Kumar Navulur, Fabio Pacifici and Bill Baugh examine the potential and expectations of optical satellite remote sensing as the geospatial industry enters its fourth era ...



May 2014

Now open for registration: T-Systems Big Data Challenge

This Challenge will award the prize to the best application or service idea that makes use of big data analytics technologies to provide EO intelligence on demand via a user-oriented web portal or mobile devices ...



May 2014

Sentinel-1A first images underline societal benefits of Copernicus

Sentinel-1 data will be made available systematically and free of charge to all users including public authorities (at European, national and regional levels) the general public, and scientific and commercial users ...



May 2014

Bringing Sentinel-2 Into Focus

Europe's upcoming Sentinel-2 mission has reached a significant milestone on its road to delivering high-resolution optical images for monitoring our changing land ...



May 2014

Platform Brings Air Monitoring A Step Closer

The first mission dedicated to monitoring global air quality for Copernicus has passed an important milestone: the Sentinel-5 Precursor platform is complete, ready to meet its instrument ...



May 2014

Looking Ahead to Sentinel-2

With the first Sentinel satellite already in orbit, scientists and users gathered in Italy last week to discuss the progress of the upcoming Sentinel-2 mission and its many applications ...



May 2014

Airbus Defence and Space partners with BAE Systems

They have launched a strategic alliance to produce, market and sell products and solutions using state-of-the-art data collected exclusively by TerraSAR-X TanDEM-X ...



May 2014

Catapult and Pew Charitable Trusts Join Forces to Fight Illegal Fishing

Combining satellite technology with maritime expertise to combat illegal fishing makes sense economically, environmentally and socially ...



May 2014

Experts Demonstrate Versatility of Sentinel-1

Early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe ...



Apr. 2014

Sentinel-1 performes opening dance routine

Following its launch yesterday, Sentinel-1A has performed a carefully choreographed 10-hour dance routine to open its large radar antenna and solar wings ...



Apr. 2014

Sentinel-3 Stacks Up

Engineers have been carefully testing and piecing together the components that make up Sentinel-3. The arrival of the infrared radiometer is a milestone building this upcoming Copernicus mission ...



Apr. 2014

A New Era for Copernicus: Earth Observation Competition Searching for Outstanding Application Ideas

Today marks the launch of Sentinel-1A, the first dedicated satellite in the European Earth observation programme Copernicus ...



Mar. 2014

CloudEO Opens with a GEO Collaboration Platform

CloudEO users can now buy subscriptions and even 24/7 geo processing services on a pay-per-use basis at affordable prices, or enter into innovative revenue-sharing schemes ...



Mar. 2014

Sentinel-1 Fuelled and Ready

ESA's first satellite dedicated to Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme has been fuelled and pressurised, ready for its launch on 3 April ...



Mar. 2014

Catapult announces three new Centres of Excellence

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, is announcing the launch of three new regional 'Centres of Excellence' in satellite applications ...



Mar. 2014

Oil & Gas Sees New Resolutions

TerraSAR-X radar data as well as derived products and services have effectively supported a wide range of oil and gas related activities. This broad spectrum will be further enhanced in 2014 ...



Mar. 2014

Countdown to Launch

Marking a new era in Earth observation, Sentinel-1A is set for launch on 3 April. Discover the first mission for Europe's Copernicus programme ...



Feb. 2014

European Space Imaging (EUSI) to Distribute Skybox Imaging Products

EUSI announced agreement with Emirates Space Imaging to host a ground station and deliver products & services from the Skybox Imaging SkySat constellation ...



Feb. 2014

First Copernicus Satellite at Launch Site

The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to be prepared over the coming weeks for launch on 3 April ...



Feb. 2014

Sentinel 1 spreads its wings

When Sentinel-1 is placed in orbit around Earth in a few weeks, it has to perform a complicated dance routine to unfold its solar wings and antenna ...



Feb. 2014

Copernicus Masters 2014 - Open to All

The Competition will, for the first time, be open for participants from all over the world ...



Jan. 2014

European Space Imaging and partner GAF AG win major EC contract

German partnership to be the sole provider of VHR satellite data and services to support checks within the EU Common Agricultural Policy ...



Jan. 2014

Gearing up for a new era in Earth observation

Aiming for launch at the end of March, Sentinel 1 is now in the last stages of testing before being shipped to French Guiana for liftoff ...



Jan. 2014

Astrium is now part of Airbus Defence and Space

The GEO-Information Division of Astrium Services becomes the programme line "Geo-Intelligence", of Airbus Defence and Space ...


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