GENESIS mission meets scientific community!

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On February 29th at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, the GENESIS science workshop brought together the GENESIS project team and global geodesy experts. The workshop focused on establishing the Genesis Scientific Exploitation Team, aimed at advancing the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) and enhancing Earth observation.

Over 100 participants, including representatives from the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and other key geodetic services, collaborated to define scientific objectives and operational strategies for the GENESIS mission. This mission is an integral part of ESA’s FutureNAV programme, which seeks to refine satellite navigation and geodetic measurements.

GENESIS will leverage a single satellite equipped with advanced instrumentation to measure Earth’s shape, gravity field, and rotational motion with unprecedented accuracy. This mission is crucial for improving the accuracy of navigation systems like Galileo and understanding climate change impacts, including polar ice melt and sea-level rise.

The GENESIS mission has received strong backing from the ESA Council at Ministerial Level, emphasizing its importance in both navigation technology and climate science. The Navigation Science Office and the Ground Segment Service Centre (GSSC) will play pivotal roles in data processing and scientific exploitation, ensuring the mission’s success and broad impact.

For further details, visit ESA – The geodetic community meets GENESIS.

Sincerely, the GSSC Team, Navigation Science Office