European Space Agency

ESA and CGI sign contract to improve wildfire risk management using EO and AI data

Logo of CGI. Image: CGI.

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to improve its capabilities to track the effects of wildfires. For this purpose, ESA recently offered a contract to the IT and business consulting firm CGI in order to create a new mapping service for wildfires. This mapping service will blend Earth Observation (EO) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) data to improve wildfire risk management globally.


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Fri, 26/02/2021 - 09:45

ESA releases call for Earth Explorer 11 mission ideas

Image: ESA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a call for mission ideas to develop a new satellite mission that advances the scientific understanding of Earth and shows how new technologies can be used in space. The mission’s goal is to provide answers and insights on societal issues that humankind will face in the coming decades such as the availability of food, water, energy resources, as well as health and climate change.

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Mon, 06/07/2020 - 16:22

New ESA satellite uses AI to make data delivery more efficient

FSSCat. Image: UPC.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launch of a new satellite that will use artificial intelligence to filter images unsuitable for future use. The Phi Satellite (ɸ-Sat-1), presented at the ESA Phi-week from 9 to 12 September, will make data delivery more efficient by not sending back to Earth acquisitions with high cloud cover.


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Mon, 23/09/2019 - 11:12

New publication showcases how Copernicus data helps European local and regional authorities

Front page of the report

The European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) have launched a new report consisting of 99 stories from European public authorities that showcases how they benefit from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.

The report intends to serve as a practical handbook exemplifying the different types of Copernicus uses as well as the processes that lead a public administration to develop and use space-based information and data.

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Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:43

UN-SPIDER Updates August 2018

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Fri, 14/09/2018

UN-SPIDER at a glance


ESA promotes satellites to reduce impact of disasters in developing countries

Floods in Haiti in 2014. Image:UN Photo / Logan Abassi

A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions.

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Fri, 10/08/2018 - 11:35

UN Environment and Google partnership to facilitate access to environmental information

Remnants of Lake Chad, February 2015. Image: Peter Prokosch/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

UN Environment and Google announced a global partnership on 16 July 2018 which will see the launch of a platform to enable governments, NGOs and the public to monitor and respond to changes to the environment. Given that this Earth observation-based platform can timely track a range of environmental changes, the project may also help to improve disaster resilience and provide early warning for emergencies.

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Thu, 26/07/2018 - 09:40

Space-based lasers and supercomputer to aid the forecasting of extreme weathers

A visualization of Aeolus' mission. Image: European Space Agency

The European Space Agency is launching a new satellite that will help scientists better understand extreme weather patterns and also contribute to disaster preparedness through more accurate forecasting of meteorological disasters.

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Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:21

Satellite Remote Sensing


This is a new online course on satellite remote sensing made available by the European Space Agency. The course allows exploring our planet from space and learning how Earth observation is used to monitor climate change. 

In this free online course, you will join leading experts and scientists from ESA and key European research centres, to explore the science that underpins Earth observation. You will look at recent and current satellite missions that are providing an archive of essential data, and find out how this data is used in local and international policy and planning.





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Wed, 10/06/2015

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Sentinel-2: Europe's new Earth Observation satellite ready

Sentinel-2 (Image: ESA/S. Corvaja)

The lead spacecraft built within the Europe's new Earth observation (EO) programme is ready to go into orbit. Sentinel-2a will track everything from the growth of megacities to the variable yields of the world's most important food crops through pictures of the planet's surface. The satellite's launch on a Vega rocket has been scheduled for 12 June 2015.


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Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:38


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