Category Archives: Space Policy

ESA’s 7th Earth Explorer

Following a User Consultation Meeting, held in Graz in March, the decision on which candidate mission will be selected for the 7th Earth Explorer, approaches. ESA will make a decision in May according to ESA’s website. The three missions are: … Continue reading

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Commercial Earth Observation

I was just reading Peg Shippert’s post on environmental monitoring constellations at Imagery Speaks. In a¬†succinct¬†post two constellations are described: the inter-governmental Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and commercial Rapideye constellation. See the post for more details. The post reminded me … Continue reading

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Swedish Space Policy (Part I): cuts on the horizon?

The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), Rymdsytrelsen, is responsible for coordinating Swedish space activities. This includes Swedish contributions to, and activities within, the European Space Agencys (ESA) aegis. Indeed, a large part of the budget for SNSB is in fact … Continue reading

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Contact lost with Envisat: the beginning of the end?

ESA have announced that contact has been lost with Envisat. Initial contact was lost over the ground station at Esrange, northern Sweden, on April 8th. ESA has established a review board and are working on the resolution of the problem. … Continue reading

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Is the Radarsat Constellation Mission in jeopardy?

Macdonald Detweiller Associates (MDA) has warned that it may lay off staff due to uncertainties over the future of the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM). MDA claims that the Canadian Space Agency doesn’t have the budget to support the build phase, … Continue reading

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French Strategy Paper Says ESA Should Fall Under European Union Authority | SpaceNews.com

French Strategy Paper Says ESA Should Fall Under European Union Authority | SpaceNews.com. If this ever happens ESA will be royally screwed up. Some questions: What would Canada’s role be? Or for that matter Norway and Switzerlands? Why should the … Continue reading

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