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Earth Observation on your mobile device

Whoever has a mobile device can now have a closer look at the Sentinel missions’ world. In fact, the European Space Agency has recently published the ESA Sentinel App for iOS devices and plans to publish the Android version as well within a couple of months. This Mobile App allows users to visualize real time spacecraft tracking, get notified when satellites pass over the device location, see previous and next overpass time, go back in time to the latest downlink over the 3D globe, and access other interesting mission data. 

In 2016 other ESA Apps related to Earth Observation are expected. First, the Vegetation App, that will allow sharing of images (pictures taken by users) related to vegetation, and their association to the local Vegetation Index (NDVI) derived from satellite data, should be published in January in time for the Proba-V Symposium organised in Ghent, Belgium. Later in Q1, the BigData from Space Conference App will be published in view of BiDS’16 organised this year in Tenerife, Spain.  

RSS will be present at these conferences, both in Ghent and Tenerife, with some papers co-authored with WUR (land classification), KU Leuven (snow cover products comparison), and University of Rome La Sapienza (Data Science Master's Degree). Furthermore, as usual, RSS staff attending these conferences will provide to interested EO data users an overview of the ESA Research and Service Support service and live demos of the tools made available by the service itself.  

Later on in 2016, other Apps are planned. An EO Educational App, thought for high school teachers and students, should be published around mid-year. In the same period, a Near Real Time Image Viewing App should be published as well. Such App is expected to allow users to visualise optical satellite images (Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 quick looks) as soon as they are provided by the ground segment. 

Further interesting Apps will be planned in the successive months. 

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Author's email: giancarlo.rivolta@esa.int