ESA calls for Sentinel-4/-5 Mission Advisory Group

Announcement of Opportunity
15 May 2013

In accordance with the continuing development of the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions for Europe’s GMES initiative, ESA is re-establishing the Mission Advisory Group. The Agency invites members of the Earth observation user community with relevant experience, and representatives of related user institutions to apply for membership.

Applications can be made via Mission Advisory Group Applications. Please note that the deadline for submission is 14 June 2013 (12:00 CEST).

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), currently being renamed ‘Copernicus’, has been established to fulfil the growing need amongst European policy-makers to access accurate and timely information services to better manage the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.

Under the leadership of the European Commission, GMES relies largely on data from satellites observing Earth. Hence, ESA – in accordance with the European Space Policy – is developing and managing the Space Component for the initiative.

To ensure the operational provision of Earth-observation data, the Space Component includes the series of five Sentinels missions being developed by ESA specifically for GMES.

Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 will together provide data for atmospheric composition monitoring: Sentinel-4 from geostationary orbit and Sentinel-5 from polar orbit. It is envisaged that Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 requirements will be met by instruments embarked on the next generation of Eumetsat operational meteorological satellites currently being developed by ESA  – Meteosat Third Generation and MetOp Second Generation, respectively.

In general, the role of the Mission Advisory Group is to provide technical advice to ESA Earth Observation Programmes Directorate during development and implementation of the missions. For more information about the Mission Advisory Group application procedure please visit the website noted above and also linked from the right-hand bar.

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