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ESA's Earth observation priority research objectives and satellite instrument requirements
Author(s): M. L. Reynolds

Paper Abstract

Since 1996 the European Space Agency has been pursuing an Earth Observation strategy based on a resolution endorsed by European Minister at a meeting in Toulouse. This resolution recognised a broad distinction between purely research objectives, on the one hand, and purely application objectives on the other. However, this is not to be understood as an absolute separation, but rather as an identification of the major driving emphasis for the definition of mission requirement. Indeed, application satellites can provide a wealth of data for research objectives and scientific earth observation programmes can equally provide an important source of data to develop and demonstrate new applications. It is sufficient to look at the data utilisation of Meteosat and ERS to find very many examples of this. This paper identifies the priority research objectives defined for scientific Earth Explorer missions and the resulting instrument needs. It then outlines the requirements for optical instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2018
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10570, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 1997, 105702M (2 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326411
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M. L. Reynolds, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10570:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 1997
Georges Otrio, Editor(s)

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