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Open call for new Earth Explorer mission ideas

on 03 October 2017

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites scientists working in Earth Observation to submit ideas for ESA’s 10th Earth Explorer mission, planned to be launched in 2027 – 2028. The letter of intent, the first step in the procedure to submit an initial idea, is expected until 15 December 2017.

Earth Explorer missions are built with the purpose to advance science and technology, and to address issues that humankind will face in the coming decades such as the availability of food, water, energy and resources, health and climate change. It is the case of the first four Earth Explorers – GOCE, SMOS, CryoSat and Swarm. The next Explorer missions to be launched are Aeolus, EarthCARE, Biomass and FLEX. Also, proposals for the ninth Explorer are being assessed.

More information about the call and the mechanism to upload letters of intent can be found on ESA’s Earth Observation Proposal Upload System website.

Image credit: ESA