Rymdforum 2019 - Meeting Place for the Swedish Space Community Rymdforum 2019 - Meeting Place for the Swedish Space Community

Rymdforum 2019 - Meeting Place for the Swedish Space Community

Despite many interesting topics and news at the forum, the most interesting topic was without a doubt the Swedish Space Community’s plan to develop Esrange intended to launch small satellites within the next few years, and the new trend in terms of both small satellites and small launchers.

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Norwegian Space Centre and the ENVISAT-programme

As a member of the European Space Agency, ESA, the Norwegian Space Centre started potential participant activities in the ENVISAT-programme in 1991. On behalf of Norway the ENVISAT declaration was signed in 1992. The Norwegian Space Centre has worked with the ENVISAT programme for more than ten years, and Norway has through the Norwegian Space Centre paid approx. 200 MNOK for the participation in the ENVISAT programme since the start.

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ENVISAT preparations at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

Space-based maritime monitoring and surveillance has been a focus area for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) for over a decade. Throughout the ERS and RADARSAT-1 era, FFI has performed applied research that helped establish today’s operational services for radar satellite-based oil spill and fisheries monitoring in Norway.

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Two ENVISAT projects related to Nordic applications, sea ice and boreal forest

Microwaves, not sensitive to cloud cover or sun illumination, are important for remote sensing at Nordic latitudes. The Arctic ice cover and the boreal forests are extensive areas important for the living conditions and sensitive to climate changes at these latitudes. ENVISAT offers new possibilities to detect and follow possible changes e.g. due to the greenhouse effect.

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Plans for use of ENVISAT data at DNMI

DNMI, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, participate in a larger EU-funded project, EnviWave. The overall aim of the projects is to improve the usefulness of ocean wave information derived from Envisat ASAR, Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar, and RA-2, Radar Altimeter, within applied oceanography, ocean climatology, and meteorology.

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NIVA and the ENVISAT project

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) participate in the geophysical validation of the products from one of the ENVISAT sensors. NIVA contributes in the validation of the MERIS sensor (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) and takes part in the MERIS and AATSR Validation Team.

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