The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation Programme

  • Wolfgang RathgeberEmail author
Conference paper


The European Space Agency started managing an Earth Observation Programme in 1977 with the launch of its first meteorological satellite, Meteosat. Over the decades this has grown into a world-class fleet of satellites addressing a wide range of science and applications. More recently, ESA has embarked on the world’s most ambitious Earth Observation programme to date: Copernicus, with currently six series of Sentinels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Space Agency (ESA)Frascati (RM)Italy

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