The smallest of ESA's satellites, Proba-2, caught an impressive image of Typhoon Soulik's swirling eye as it approached Taiwan (Province of China) on July 19, 2013. Hours later, Soulik's approach produced mass evacuations in Taiwan due to the torrential rainfall and fierce winds caused by the Typhoon.
A recent study commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) brings forward the idea that data from the upcoming Sentinel series of satellites should be regarded as Public Sector Information, increasing their value for money. The study
Satellite navigation systems are based on the highly precise measurement of time. A receiver on the ground pinpoints their positions by calculating how long signals from satellites in orbit take to reach it.
ESA and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth’s land and coastal zones.
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In 2009 three candidate Earth Explorer Core missions, namely BIOMASS, CoReH2O and PREMIER were selected for feasibility study and their resulting Reports for Mission Selection were published in June 2012.