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ESA adds Iceye data to Third Party Mission portfolio

10 Jun 2021, 12:00 UTC
ESA adds Iceye data to Third Party Mission portfolio
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SAN FRANCISCO – The European Space Agency plans to offer researchers free access to Iceye’s synthetic aperture radar imagery (SAR) including the ability to task Iceye satellites.
Iceye announced June 10 that it had been approved for inclusion in ESA’s Earthnet Program Third Party Missions (TPM) data portfolio. Once an Earth-observation constellation qualifies for TPM, ESA establishes agreements to acquire, process and distribute the data to complement data drawn from ESA satellites. ESA then shares the data with principal investigators and applies the data to its own projects.
“We are delighted to join the prestigious ESA Earthnet TPM program,” Tero Vauraste, Iceye regional director Europe, said in a statement. “The program is an incredible resource for the global Earth observation community, and especially for research data users.”
Iceye is the first entrepreneurial (SAR) company included in TPM, Vauraste said. Through TPM, Iceye will provide data in all of its imaging modes, including high resolution to wide-area coverage, he added.
“Within the Third Party Mission scheme, ESA approved science and application development users are eligible for accessing the ICEYE archive and new tasking products for scientific and R&D activities,” Iceye said on its website. “To get the data, an individual must ...

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