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2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CNSA takes over chairmanship of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'

On the 17th of April, China National Space Administration (CNSA) took over the rotating chair of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters', succeeding the Argentinian space agency, CONAE.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sentinel-1 aids Balkan flood relief

Although not yet operational, the new Sentinel-1A satellite has provided radar data for mapping the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

International Charter activated for missing Malaysian airliner

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 11 March 2014 following a request from the China Meteorological Administration for satellite imagery to assist in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

International Charter Newsletter - February 2014 - Issue 8

The eighth issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available to download.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Video images from International Space Station to be provided to support disaster response

JAXA has started to provide high definition television (HDTV) video images for the International Charter. The images are acquired by a HDTV camera installed on the Exposed Facility of Japanese "Kibo" experiment module aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Friday, January 31, 2014

400 activations of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has now been activated over 400 times over a period of almost fifteen years. From the first activation in 2000 to the latest activations this year, the Charter has provided satellite imagery free of charge for disaster response purposes around the world.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

International Charter special side event at GEONETCast 2014

On 16 January 2014, during the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary Session and GEO Ministerial Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, EUMETSAT organised a special event to highlight the contribution of GEONETCast to the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

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2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TerraSAR-X new image mode

The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X could nominally have been out of service for over a year and a half - that's how long it has exceeded its intended lifespan. But engineers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have switched the satellite, which was launched into space on 15 June 2007, to yet another mode: TerraSAR-X can now record image strips over 200 kilometres wide.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Meeting of the International Charter in Argentina hosted by CONAE as lead agency

The 30th Meeting of the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” was held from November 19 to 22, 2013 at CONAE´s Space Center, in the Province of Córdoba, Argentina.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

12th Annual Report of the Charter

The twelfth Annual Report of the Charter is now available and describes the Charter's activities throughout 2012.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

International Charter Newsletter - October 2013 - Issue 7

The seventh issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available to download.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Charter welcomes its 15th member: ROSCOSMOS

The Russian Federal Space Agency ROSCOSMOS formally became the newest member of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' on 28 August 2013.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ESA Web TV special edition on the International Charter

This special edition is dedicated to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. Charter Secretary Jens Danzeglocke, from the DLR German Aerospace Center talks about the Charter and its 'Universal Access' initiative.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

International Charter Newsletter - July 2013 - Issue 6

The sixth issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available to download.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Training of Project Managers of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, June 2013

A training event for the Project Managers of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was held on 27-28 June 2013 in Roma, Italy.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

International Charter Newsletter - Subscription now available

You can now subscribe to the International Charter Newsletter. The newsletter aims to provide information on recent Charter activations, news, events and related activity.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

International Charter Newsletter - March 2013 - Issue 5

The fifth issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available to download.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Presentation of the Charter and the Universal Access initiative at COPUOS meeting (Scientific and Technical Sub Committee) in Vienna

Steven Hosford, CNES Board member, presented the Charter to the 72 participating member states, with some recent examples of activation results.

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2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

International Charter Newsletter - December 2012 - Issue 4

The fourth issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available to download.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' presented in international events

The 5th Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP-2 (JPTM2012) was held from 14th to 16th November 2012 in Daejeon, Korea co-organised by Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' presented in international events

The European Space Solutions Conference in London connected businesses and public sector users of space data with the software and technologies that enable their work. Eleven different sessions covered a variety of critical sectors, including emergency services and disaster recovery.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' presented in international events

Paul Counet, Head of Strategy and International Relations at The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), presented EUMETSAT's new membership of the Charter at the 40th Plenary Session of Coordination Group on Meteorological Satellites hold in Lugano, Switzerland last month. The aim was to raise the awareness of the Charter among the meteorological satellite community.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pléiades 1B satellite successfully launched

The Pléiades 1B satellite was successfully launched by Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on December 2 and has joined its twin satellite, Pléiades-1A, in orbit at an altitude of 694 km. Pléiades 1B has already delivered its first images. This new satellite will provide imagery for the International Charter in the near future.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The 11th Annual Report of the Charter

The 11th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is now available.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' promotes Universal Access

Steven Hosford, the current Chair of the International Charter Board on behalf of CNES, presented Universal Access to the GEO Plenary on Thursday 22nd November.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

International Charter Newsletter - September 2012 - Issue 3

The third issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters' is further strengthening its contribution to disaster management worldwide

Building on a decade of success in making satellite data available to users for disaster response, the International Charter is now opening its doors even wider.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

EUMETSAT joins the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters'

Extreme weather such as hurricanes, floods and even excessive heat or cold claims lives every year. The European body that monitors weather and climate from space has now joined international partners to help prepare for disasters.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

International Charter Newsletter - April 2012 - Issue 2

The second issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Disasters Charter is now on Twitter

A new Twitter account has been created for International Charter Space and Major Disasters, enabling you to follow the latest Charter Activations, news and product updates on the website.

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2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

International Charter Newsletter - November 2011 - Issue 1

The first issue of the International Charter Newsletter is now available. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

The 10th Annual Report of the Charter

The 10th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available.

The 10th Annual Appendix Report (English only) is available.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Charter develops geographic tool

The French space agency (CNES) has developed a geographic tool for the Charter in order to display footprints and characteristics of satellite data provided in the frame of each activation. The purpose of the tool is to describe earth observation (EO) data used in the framework of Charter activations to help users identify and possibly order them; it does not provide the image files.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

A new movie released for the 10 years celebration: The Charter in Action

The video, realised to celebrate 10 years of the Charter activities, aims to emphasise the achievements, development and effectiveness of the Charter, as well as the human network that underpins it.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Korean satellite to aid disaster efforts

South Korea's space agency has joined its international counterparts in putting satellite data at the disposal of rescue authorities following major disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, formally became the newest member of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' on 7 July.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

PAIGH Crisis Support Workshop and International Charter Project Manager Training Class

PAIGH Crisis Support Workshop and International Charter Project Manager Training Class to be held on 13 June 2011, in Panama City, Panama.

 

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Website maintenance on Wednesday 18 May

Due to maintenance, the Earthnet, GSCDA and Disaster Charter websites will be unavailable on Wednesday 18 May for approximately one hour.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

The 9th Annual Report of the Charter

The 9th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebration of the Charter's 10th anniversary

In 2000, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was founded by ESA and the French space agency, CNES. Its purpose was to make it easier for emergency services to access satellite data in the event of natural or man-made disasters.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Examples of satellite imagery illustrating the different hazard types associated with the Charter activity

Material assembled by dot2dot in the framework of the ESA originated GMES RESPOND project led by Infoterra Limited

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The 8th Annual Report of the Charter

The 8th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The 7th Annual Report of the Charter

The 7th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

First satellite map of Haiti earthquake

A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on 12 January, causing major casualties and damage. The quake was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes over 5.0.

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2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

22nd Meeting of the International Charter "Space And Major Disasters", 7-9 October 2009, Bangalore, India

Participants of the 22nd Executive Secretariat and Board meetings of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” established in October 2000, provides a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural and man made disasters through Authorized Users. Presently, ten agencies viz., European Space Agency (ESA); Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), France; Canadian Space Agency (CSA); Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA; Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE); Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); United States Geological Survey (USGS); DMC International Imaging (DMC), England and China National Space Administration (CNSA) are members of the Charter. Each member agency has committed resources, in terms of satellite data and its analysis, to support the assessment of the impact of disasters on human life and property.

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2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

International Charter European workshop held at ESA ESRIN, Italy (November 2008)

The Charter is a global disaster response system dedicated to delivering satellite data through an established and organised user base, the so-called Authorized Users (AUs). The AUs are mainly disaster management centres in Europe such as national Civil Protection agencies, the Monitoring Information Centre of the European Commission at the Directorate of the Environment or similar entities ...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New DVD "Charter in Action"

The main objective of the Charter is to provide remote sensing data in major catastrophes in order to help mitigating the effects of disasters on human life and property ...

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Exceptional acquisitions by Charter members

Exceptional acquisitions by Charter members to supply imagery in support of Myanmar relief operations: USGS and ESA have doubled their efforts to aid in evaluating of the disaster and get data into the hands of rescue teams in Myanmar.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

New look & feel for Charter Website

Today the first phase of redesign activities on the Disasters Charter website has been completed. Graphical Design, Usability and Accessibility have been revised, resulting in a number of improvements for the benefit of the user ...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Charter Events on Google Earth

Courtesy of Spot Image: view all Charter events on Google Earth.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The 6th Annual Report of the Charter

The 6th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

UK takes over helm of International Charter

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) joins the International Charter

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Commercial Satellite Imagery Companies Partner with USGS in Support of the International Charter

For people caught in the throes of natural or technological disasters, rapid and accurate assessments of conditions on the ground are critical to saving lives and protecting property. Making such assessments just got easier ...

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2006

Friday, June 30, 2006

The 5th Annual Report of the Charter

The 5th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Emergency Response to Volcanic Eruptions by the International Charter Space and Major Disasters

Volcanic Eruption emerngy Response

The conference was organized by the Cities on Volcanoes Commission of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and was the fourth in this series of conferences. The purpose of these conferences is to bring together volcanologists,....

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2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The British National Space Centre and DMC join the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters'

The DMCII Ceremony

In London on Tuesday, the British National Space Centre (BNSC) formally became a Partner Agency of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' on behalf of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) Consortium ...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) joins the International Disaster Charter

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

The Charter celebrated its 5th year with a special session organised by ISRO, October 4-5, 2005, at Bangalore.

The International Charter on "Space and Major Disasters", a cooperation initiative created between the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Center on Space Studies of France (CNES) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will celebrate its 5th year with a special session of the charter organised by ISRO during October 4-5, 2005, at Bangalore ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

IGARSS 2005, Seoul, South Korea

The IGARSS symposium is an annual event organized by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. This year's symposium coincided with the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Society, and carried the theme "Harmony between Man & Nature". The return of IGARSS to Asia, after Tokyo and Singapore, saw the majority attendance from the Far-Eastern nations of China, Japan and Korea ...

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Friday, June 24, 2005

The 4th Annual Report

The 4th Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Charter is activated for the EURATECH 2005 readiness exercise

 

The Charter is activated for the EURATECH 2005 readiness exercise. Satellite imagery produced by the Charter and provided to rescue teams for the exercise can also be accessed at the Charter EURATECH download page.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) joins the International Disaster Charter.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) joins the International Disaster Charter.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Japanese Space Agency Welcomed as Member of Disaster Charter

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was welcomed today as the newest member of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," which establishes a global network of international space partners in disaster management. The Charter is a joint effort to put space technology at the service of rescue authorities in the event of a major disaster ...

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2004

Sunday, November 21, 2004

International Charter supporting Spanish Disaster Relief

As the oil tanker Prestige was floundering off the coast of Spain, the Canadian satellite RADARSAT-1 was dispatched, under the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, to acquire images in support of relief efforts being undertaken ...

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Workshop Announcement

For the Charter to work effectively and to achieve its goal a good working relationship with a strong Services Sector is required ...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Space and Major Disasters Charter agencies strengthen ties with UN

Colloquium at UNESCO, Paris On 18 June, during a colloquium at UNESCO, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), represented by its Director, Mr Sergio Camacho, announced that the United Nations intends to remain a "cooperating body" supporting the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters ...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

The 3rd Annual Report

The 3rd Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here

2003

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

The 2nd Annual Report of the Charter

The 2nd Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here

Thursday, January 9, 2003

The 1st Annual Report of the Charter

The 1st Annual Report of the Charter (English only) is available here

2002

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters' Website: when Time is Critical

As part of the efforts dispatched to assist rescue teams dealing with the most severe disasters, space agency members of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters have launched today an innovative Website at the Charter Evaluation Workshop in Paris ...

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Monday, August 12, 2002

Participation and presentation of the Charter at various events

The Charter participated and presented at various events, view article for more information  ...

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Monday, April 8, 2002

Afghan Quake Victims Get Help from the Sky

Canada, April 8, 2002 - Images captured by various satellites above Afghanistan are helping international relief efforts following last week's earthquakes in the Hindu Kush Mountains in the northern region of the country ...

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Friday, February 22, 2002

Workshop Review

This workshop, held at the Paris headquarters of the French space agency (CNES) on January 15 and 16, 2002, reviewed the achievements of the Charter during the first fourteen months of its active existence ...

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2001

Friday, May 25, 2001

RADARSAT-1 Supporting Rescue Efforts in Siberia

As part of the efforts dispatched to assist rescue teams dealing with the most severe floods that Eastern Siberia has seen in a century, Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT-1 has joined forces with other Earth observation satellites to capture images of the Lena River ...

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Friday, January 19, 2001

Earth Monitoring Satellites Supporting Rescue Efforts in El Salvador

Responding quickly to support rescue efforts converging on El Salvador, member space agencies of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters have dispatched their Earth observation satellites to capture images of the devastation caused by last Saturday's earthquake ...

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2000

Saturday, October 28, 2000

Dedicated Phone Line Speeds Space Resources to the Rescue

Starting November 1, countries mobilizing rescue and relief efforts to deal with natural or technological disasters can dial a dedicated telephone number to quickly access the space resources of the Canadian Space Agency(CSA), the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA) ...

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Saturday, October 21, 2000

Canada Signs Charter - RADARSAT-1 Increasing Support for Disaster Relief Agencies

Building on a commitment made at the third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (Unispace III), yesterday, Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) joined Antonio Rodotà, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Gérard Brachet, Director General of the French Space Agency (CNES) in the signing of the Charter on Disaster Management at the ESA Headquarters in Paris ...

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