ESA aiming to go from zero to three in 2009

As in Earth Explorer missions.

A significant delivery from the ESA subscription which the UK (through NERC) contributes to is the Earth Explorer programme, which are the science and research element of ESA’s EO satellites.

The first such mission was supposed to be Cryosat. Despite its early demise its worth has not diminished and Cryosat-2 is planned for launch in autumn this year. More info here.

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Before that ESA’s gravity mission GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) is scheduled for launch in March. More information here.

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Following that is SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity), due for launch in July. More information here.

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I’ll post more detail on these later, but in the meantime eoportal has more here.

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