ESA and Eurockot today signed contracts for launching two ESA satellites: Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3A will fly in 2013 on Rockot vehicles from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for Europe’s GMES programme.

The contract signing by Matthias Oehm, Chief Executive Officer of Eurockot Launch Services GmbH, and Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, took place at the historic Chamber of Commerce of Bremen, Germany.
The Senator for Economics, Labour and Ports of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen, Martin Günthner, and the Chief Executive Officer of Astrium Space Transportation, Alain Charmeau, were also in attendance.

“With the launch of the first suite of Sentinels, a new era of Earth observation will start in Europe with the first worldwide operational monitoring system of environment and security,” noted Prof. Liebig.

Sentinel-2 and -3 are two of five Sentinel missions that ESA is developing for Europe’s Global Monitoring... read more

Publishing Date: 09/02/2012

After a year in service, the German Earth observation satellite TanDEM-X, together with its twin satellite, TerraSAR-X, have completely mapped the entire land surface of Earth for the first time. The data is being used to create the world’s first single-source, high-precision, 3D digital elevation model of Earth. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) controls both radar satellites, generates the elevation model and is responsible for the scientific use of TanDEM-X data. It is reminiscent of ballet on ice; throughout the last year, Germany’s radar satellites, TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X, have been moving through space in close formation, at times just a few hundred metres apart. Strip by strip, they have recorded Earth from different angles and transmitted high-resolution radar data from their orbit at an altitude of 514 kilometres down to the three ground stations – Kiruna (Sweden), Inuvik (Canada) and O’Higgins (Antarctica).

“The... read more

Publishing Date: 17/01/2012

On June 14, RapidEye, a leader in wide area, repetitive coverage of Earth through its constellation of satellites announced that EyeFind, a tool that allows users to browse its entire archive, is now online. “We are very excited about rolling EyeFind out to our customers,” commented Frederik Jung-Rothenhausler, RapidEye’s Chief Technical Officer. “This is something we’ve developed internally, tested thoroughly and are quite confident in its ability and functionality. This is a major milestone which gives our distributors and direct customers an easy way to view every image we have.”

EyeFind allows customers to browse the entire RapidEye Library, its rapidly growing archive, based on date, cloud cover and product type. Advanced options allow for parameters to be entered on a map or for a shape file to be uploaded outlining an area of interest. Once the customer has located their needed images, an inquiry can be sent to RapidEye through EyeFind for a quote on price and an... read more

Publishing Date: 22/06/2011

The contract signed between OHB System AG and Astrium Services is worth 7.4 million euros, or $10.7 million. The agreement gives OHB System authority to proceed with designing a satellite to fly in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth.The European Data Relay Satellite system will feature at least one dedicated spacecraft and a piggyback communications package to fly on a commercial broadcasting satellite.
OHB System will design and build the standalone EDRS platform in Bremen, Germany. Both spacecraft will use laser optical communications instruments to transmit up to 1.8 megabytes per second of data across distances of up to 25,000 miles, according to OHB System. The laser terminals will be built by Tesat-Spacecom, another German company.Germany is supplying the majority of the funding for the EDRS system. Astrium Services is overseeing its development.
The piggyback communications system should be launched in 2014 and the OHB System spacecraft will... read more

Publishing Date: 06/05/2011

The Disaster Management Tool (DMT) is a mobile field system that allows field workers and control center officers to interactively enter and retrieve information about the areas of interest. It uses sensors (like GPS receivers) for automatic data collection. It also allows an easy and fast flow of the situation information, also across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries. And finally, it provides dynamic and interactive situation maps and reliable data storage.

The basic idea of the DMT training, which was attended by one UN-SPIDER expert, was to explore opportunities for a follow-up pilot project together with the Institute for Communication and Navigation (IKN) at DLR and the Italian NGO: Cooperazione Internazionale – COOPI, UN-SPIDER’s partner within the Disaster Preparedness programme in the South East African and South West Indian Ocean (DIPECHO), funded by the European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO). The envisaged content of a... read more

Publishing Date: 04/04/2011

This document contains the proposed UN-SPIDER workplan for the biennium 2012-2013 to be considered by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee at its Forty-eighth session in Vienna, 7-18 February 2011. It includes the use of space-based solutions in disaster management plans and policies and in the implementation of risk reduction activities.

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Publishing Date: 17/02/2011

The GMES User Forum was organized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) together with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and in close cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It brought together about 120 participants from a large number of German institutions, national agencies, and leading private companies for discussions with high-level representatives from the European Commission and the German Government. The main intention of this meeting was to inform potential users about the already existing and upcoming GMES core- and downstream services and to better integrate national needs and networks into the further planning. After the opening session and the introductory presentations held by the head of the GMES office in Brussels, Ms. Christine BERG, and delegates from the organizing ministries, the group of participants was divided into four different thematic... read more

Publishing Date: 04/11/2010

This Tuesday, 12 October 2010, the Fourth United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology: “The 4C – Challenge: Communication – Coordination – Cooperation – Capacity Development” was opened at the UN premises in Bonn. This year’s workshop brings together more than 120 participants from over 40 countries who came to share information and discuss about the 4C-challenge. The event comprises four thematic sessions titled “International support mechanisms and the SpaceAid Framework”, “Satellite communication for disaster management”, “Space technology in support of risk and disaster management”, and “The UN-SPIDER Network”.

Mr. Jürgen Meyer, Director General for Technology Politics, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany, Mr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of... read more

Publishing Date: 13/10/2010
On 22 July 2010, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) facility in Oberpfaffenhofen published the first 3D images from the TanDEM-X satellite mission. Just one month after the launch of TanDEM-X (TerrraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement), which took place on 21 June 2010, DLR researchers have created the first digital elevation model – almost a week ahead of schedule. A group of Russian islands in the Arctic Ocean was selected for the first test. The first successful experiment is the starting point for more 3D images. Close approach of the satellites also allowed acquisition of test images at lower latitudes. Shortly after the first acquisition, the opportunity arose to image a 50 x 30 kilometre area in the southern Russian region of Kalach on Don, about 100 kilometres northwest of Volgograd. This area was the target of the very first TerraSAR-X radar acquisition. "This new elevation data give an idea of the Digital... read more
Publishing Date: 23/07/2010

NSAU experts and specialists of space industry enterprises of Ukraine paid a working visit to German Aerospace Centre (DLR), leading research institutes and companies of the space spectrum of Germany in the framework of Twinning Space project within Feb.1 – Feb.6, 2010 in order to define further perspectives of bilateral cooperation.
In course of the visit Ukrainian delegation became acquainted with activities of German leading space sector companies: OHB Technology, EADS Astrium, Kayser Threde GmbH, IABG.

The working meetings with representatives of the German Space Operations Center (GSOC), National Communication and Navigation Institute, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Institute of Space Systems. NSAU delegation was also invited to German Remote Sensing Data Center and Galileo Control Center (European Global Satellite Navigation System).

The main topic of all working meetings was discussion of the present state and determining of cooperation... read more

Publishing Date: 24/02/2010
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On Thursday, November 12, 2009 the workshop “Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES – exploring opportunities for cooperation with the United Nations” took place at the UN-Campus in Bonn. It was organised by bridge 2GEO – European Geoinformation Network, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the City of Bonn. Its purpose was to strengthen cooperation between the geospatial community and the United Nations. The Workshop was attended by members of six UN agencies seated in Bonn who sought to establish and deepen working relations with experts from industry and research institutions.

The GMES program was initiated by the European Commission and the European Space Agency in order to develop the European Earth observation capabilities. It fosters the development of new services and technologies including Earth observation, satellite communication... read more

Publishing Date: 19/11/2009


On October 14, 2009, the International Day for Disaster Reduction was used to illustrate the role of UN-SPIDER in a concrete case, namely the recent Tropical Cyclone on the Philippines. At the VIC Rotunda in Vienna, a presentation was given on the particular example. After a welcome address by Niklas Hedman (Chief Committee Services and Research Section, Office for Outer Space Affairs) and introductory remarks on space and disaster management by Juan Carlos Villagran (UN-SPIDER), Mr. Manangan, Minister at the Permanent Mission of the Philippines, presented his observations on the recent disaster and its management. Ms. Gerardo, Chair of the VIC Club Filipino, expressed her thanks for the contributions made for the people in the Philippines. Michael Leitgab (UN-SPIDER) then explained the role of UN-SPIDER in the case of the recent Tropical Cyclone, and Niklas Hedman gave the concluding remarks to close the event. In Bonn, the UN-SPIDER team set up an information stand in... read more

Publishing Date: 28/10/2009


The Third International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop – From Concepts to Application

Opening ceremony with Government representatives

This year’s UN-SPIDER Workshop focuses on the implementation of concepts into actual applications and projects. Climate Change and desertification pose special challenges to the disaster management community and will receive particular attention during the workshop.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, the Third International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop was inaugurated with speeches by the Ambassador of Germany at the UN in Vienna, His Excellency Rüdiger Lüdeking, by the Ambassador of Namibia to Germany, His Excellency Neville Gertze and by Ms. Margitta Wülker-Mirbach of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
The role of UN-SPIDER as a bridge between the satellite technology and the disaster management communities was acknowledged by all key note speakers. Ambassador Rüdiger... read more
Publishing Date: 22/10/2009

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) concerning Mutual cooperation for satellite disaster monitoring.

In this LOI, both parties acknowledged the necessity to promote satellite application, especially Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites, as well as related applied research, and to pursue such activities in an international manner.

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Publishing Date: 24/08/2009


Banner for the EnviroInfo 2021. Image: German Informatics Society.

The EnviroInfo 2021, titled " Environmental Informatics – A bogeyman or saviour to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?", is the 35th edition of the long standing and established international and interdisciplinary conference series on leading environmental information and communication technologies. The conference is open for contributions covering innovative topics at the interface between informatics and environmental research. 

The conference will be organised in thematic sessions and special tracks. The event is taking place at the historic centre of Berlin at the School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-University, in parallel to the annual convention of the German Informatics Society ("Gesellschaft für Informatik") under the umbrella topic “Computer Science and Sustainability”. 

The conference is organized by the Technical Committee for Environmental Informatics of the German Informatics Society. Under the general umbrella topic the event will... read more

Under the motto "Exploring SAR data" , the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and numerous partners from the German research landscape, is presenting the VII SAR-EDU Summer School for Applied Radar Remote Sensing. 

The offered program is intended to provide an insight into the fundamentals and applications of radar remote sensing in the Earth Sciences and is aimed equally at academic, commercial and regulatory users. 

The topics of the Summer School include Basics, Signal Processing, Interferometry, Polarimetry, Polarimetry Exercise, Time Series, Oceanography, Hydrosphere, Anthroposphere and Biosphere. 

The Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE) Conference takes place on a yearly basis and is held in different places all over the world. The overall scope of this conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the science and application of geoinformatics with focus on developing countries.

Besides invited keynotes the conference invites presentations on a variety of topics. There will also be professional training and workshops about current topics in the fields of geoinformatics and photogrammetry.

AGSE 2019 will take place from 12 to 15 September 2019 at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany. The title of the event is: “Digital Landscapes: Chances for Development”.

The conference is organized by the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany, and co-organized by the Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards... read more

An EASME and DG GROW initiative, the Copernicus ‘Eyes on Earth’ Roadshow will foster the development of applications with space data and other geo-information systems; develop the technical and scientific skills needed to work in the space data sector; and encourage citizens’ interest in earth observation activities.

The events, which include an expo area with interactive tools, business presentations, interactive masterclasses dedicated to real business cases (e.g. how to deal with heat islands in cities), and network/matchmaking sessions, will provide a multitude of benefits to participants of all ages and all walks of life.

Participation in all Roadshow events is free of charge.

The Conference on Big Data from Space will be held on 19-21 February 2019. Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and space observation data collected by a variety of sensors - ranging from ground based to space-borne - and the synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities. These developments are empowering new approaches and applications in various and diverse domains influencing life on Earth and societal aspects, from sensing cities, monitoring human settlements and urban areas to climate change and security. 

The main objectives of the BiDS’19 Conference are:

  • Focus on new paradigms of data intelligence addressing the entire value chain: data processing to extract information, the information analysis to gather knowledge, and knowledge transformation in value;
  • Maximise the uptake and impact of multi-source space data;
  • Promote the use of platforms and analytical methods to maximise the value... read more

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), conducted an International Expert Meeting on 12 November at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. “Towards Big (Space) Data in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response in Africa” aimed at contributing to an increased use of big data approaches and satellite technologies in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards. It brought together around 45 experts from space agencies, civil protection authorities, development cooperation actors, international organizations, technical relief and humanitarian aid providers, national ministries and the private sector.

The meeting was organized together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at... read more

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INTERGEO is a meeting point for experts and decision-makers from the worlds of politics, science and industry on an international stage in Germany’s vibrant capital.

Use the trade fair and conference to experience and discuss GEO IT’s constantly evolving applications and future trends. Entirely in keeping with its long-standing motto “Knowledge and action for planet Earth”, the event in Berlin will cover ground-breaking developments and applications with drones plus hot topics such as smart cities and digital planning/building projects (building information modelling), including virtual and augmented reality. With COPERNICUS as one of its headline topics, this year’s conference acknowledges the growing importance of remote surveying from space. Very aptly given that Berlin is hosting the event this year, open data and open government are further key focal points.


The international science community is invited to participate in the EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop, which is jointly organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German EarthCARE Project Office at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in cooperation with our partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT).

The EarthCARE Mission

The Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) will provide three-dimensional profiles of clouds and aerosols collocated with observations of reflected solar and emitted thermal radiation in order to quantify the impact of clouds and aerosols on radiation. The mission is being implemented, in cooperation with JAXA and NICT, as the sixth ESA Earth Explorer Mission, with a target... read more

The event is planned as a marketplace that will enable knowledge transfer between technology experts, service providers and manufacturers as well as users from selected application fields. The goal is to stimulate the development and marketing of new “Copernicus”-related products, services and solutions. The event will build on findings and experience from the German technology network “CopServ” and aims to transfer valuable technological know-how to European level in the framework of the EEN.

Application fields at the focus of the event will be renewable energies/energy economy, maritime technologies, mining/post-mining, agriculture/forestry and urban monitoring/smart cities. The event addresses specialists and executives as well as development engineers from the application fields and defined technology branches along the entire value chain.

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The FOSSGIS Conference is a major conference for Free and Open Source Software Geo-Software and OpenStreetMap.

The FOSSGIS Conference 2018 is organized by the non-profit FOSSGIS e. V. and the OpenStreetMap Community with support from the University of Bonn.

The aim of the annual conference is to facilitate the development of free and open source software for geoinformation systems. This is where users and developers meet for a joint exchange of information on application and working possibilities as well as the latest developments in this area. It deals with web mapping, spatial data infrastructures, spatial data management, GeoProcessing and desktop GIS and free spatial data, such as OpenStreetMap.


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