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21 September 2020 Small satellites landscape: ESA Earth observation with a focus on optical missions
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ESA Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (ESA-EOP) have seized the opportunity to support the development of small and nano-satellites to complement the EOP scientific and application-driven flagship missions. These developments include new science driven missions and constellations which enable a significant increase in temporal resolution leading to new applications. This paper presents an overview of the NewSpace paradigm, describes the overall ESA-EOP small mission strategy and provides a brief insight into some of the small satellites being developed at ESA across three programmatic lines: Scout Missions, Φ-sat Missions and the Investing in Industrial Innovation (InCubed) Programme. The paper focuses on optical missions.
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M. Pastena, N. Melega, M. Tossaint, A. Regan, M. Castorina, A. Gabriele, P. Mathieu, and J. Rosello "Small satellites landscape: ESA Earth observation with a focus on optical missions", Proc. SPIE 11530, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXIV, 115300T (21 September 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2573972
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