The Berlin International Airshow's Space Pavilion hosted a contract signing for ESA's EarthCARE satellite, highlighting the benefits stemming from the Agency's Earth observation programme.
Earlier this week, ESA signed a contract at the Berlin Airshow's Space Pavilion to build the EarthCARE satellite - the Agency's 'Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation' mission. Due for launch in 2013, EarthCARE will gather data to give scientists a better understanding of the interactions between radiation and clouds and aerosols in the atmosphere.
Earth Observation is a central pillar in Europe's space activities; EO generates direct benefits for citizens and governments and employs science for a better understanding of our planet.
ESA also takes part in the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters - a grouping of agencies and organisations that pool their earth observation resources and expertise to help mitigate the effects of man-made or natural disasters on human life and property.
Credits: Video animation of EarthCARE courtesy Astrium GmbH