ESA calls for Sentinels-4/-5 Mission Advisory Group members
Within the framework of the GMES initiative, ESA is developing a series of ‘Sentinel’ satellites. As part of this development process, the Agency has released a call for Mission Advisory Group members for the Sentinel-4/-5 missions.
Applications can be made via the following website: http://missionadvice.esa.int. Please note that the deadline for submission is 15 February 2010 (12:00 CET).
Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) 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 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 meteorological satellites – Meteosat Third Generation and post-EPS (EUMETSAT Polar System), respectively.
In general, the role of the Mission Advisory Group is to provide technical advice to ESA during development and implementation of the mission. For more information about the Mission Advisory Group application procedure please visit the website noted above and also linked from the right-hand bar.