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Physics Special Colloquium
November 5, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us on November 5th for a talk by Rune Floberghagen and Roger Haagmans from the European Space Agency. Refreshments will be available at 2:00 p.m. in CCIS 1-140 and the talk will start promptly at 2:15. Tickets are not required, but space is limited so please arrive early.
This talk will focus on “ESA’s mission fleet in support of Earth and geospace science”.
“As a direct consequence of investments in Earth science and application programmes in Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) has a steadily growing fleet of ambitious missions currently in orbit, under development or under study. In combination these missions provide an important contribution to the global endeavour of understanding earth system science and global change. After the ERS-1/-2 and Envisat satellites, the Sentinels 1A and 2A are launched and others are being developed in the context of Copernicus programme, for which ESA is responsible for the space component development and interim operation. In addition, within the context of ESA’s own Living Planet Programme, a highly successful series of Earth Explorer mission series is demonstrating the feasibility of new observing technologies while addressing top-level scientific challenges. Four missions (GOCE, SMOS, CryoSat and Swarm) have been launched so far, and three more are under development (ADM Aeolus, EarthCare and Biomass). Furthermore, following a 2009 Call for Opportunity mission concepts, the selection of mission number eight (FLEX or CarbonSat), to proceed to full implementation is expected shortly.
This presentation gives a comprehensive overview of ESA’s Earth Observation activities, with emphasis on the Earth Explorer missions GOCE and Swarm. GOCE was the lowest-flying satellite, equipped with a highly novel payload and drag-compensation system, which successfully mapped the Earth’s gravity field to unprecedented detail. Swarm is a three-satellite constellation mission, launched in November 2013, which maps and characterizes the magnetic field and the near-Earth electro-magnetic environment. Principles of these satellite missions are explained and highlights of results will be shown, with emphasis on Canadian participation, Canada being an Associate Member of ESA.”