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4 November 2004 Status of future ESA Earth observation missions
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The European Space Agency is pursuing the development of innovative Earth Observation missions to foster better scientific understanding of the system Earth and to respond to the requirements of the operational users. Four Earth Explorer missions (CRYOSAT, GOCE, SMOS, AEOLUS) are under development for launch between 2005 and 2008, to provide new critical information on ocean circulation, the Earth gravity field, the cryosphere, ocean salinity and soil moisture and to demonstrate the feasibility of the measurement of tropospheric wind fields. Following recent phase A studies, the SWARM constellation mission, aimed at the precise mapping of the Earth's magnetic field, has been selected for implementation. A further Explorer mission addressing aerosol-radiation-cloud interactions (EarthCARE) or the carbon cycle (SPECTRA) will be selected before the end of 2004. Application-oriented missions of the Earth Watch class are vigorously continuing with the METEOSAT series of geostationary meteorological satellites, the preliminary studies of the next-generation METEOSAT spacecraft and the preparation of the launch of the EPS/METOP series. Preparatory activities are starting for the series of operational missions, to provide data and services for Earth monitoring, in the frame of the GMES programme.
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Amnon Ginati, Roland Meynart, and Alberto Tobias "Status of future ESA Earth observation missions", Proc. SPIE 5570, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII, (4 November 2004);


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