France: European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a series of ‘Sentinel’ satellites as a part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. As part of this development process, the Agency has released a call for Mission Advisory Group members for the Sentinel-3 mission.
The GMES has been established to fulfill the growing need amongst European policy-makers to access accurate and timely information services to better manage the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
Sentinel-3 is a mission to support services relating to the marine environment, but also includes the capability to serve numerous land-, atmospheric- and cryospheric-based application areas. The first Sentinel-3 satellite is expected to launch in 2013, followed by a second so that they work together to provide maximum coverage.
In general, the role of the Mission Advisory Group is to provide technical advice to ESA during the development and implementation of the mission. For more information about the Mission Advisory Group application procedure please visit the website noted above and also linked from the right-hand bar.