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PROBA-V: What's next?

Unfortunately all good stories come to an end, even so for PROBA-V. After more than 6 year of operations of this “gap filler” satellite between SPOT-VEGETATION and Sentinel-3, 2020 marks the end of the operational mission.

PROBA-V’s operational lifetime will run until June 30, 2020. This means all daily and 10-daily products will be guaranteed in near-real-time until that date.
Let’s give you a short update on what will change the upcoming months, before and after June 2020.

  • We are working on a number of efforts to ensure continuity of end-user products, such as Top-of-Canopy reflectance (TOC) and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), by switching from PROBA-V to Sentinel-3.
  • From July 1, 2020 onwards, the mission will be transformed into an experimental mission with focus on Europe and Africa. For these continents, PROBA-V data will be acquired in 100 m, 300 m and 1 km resolution, but with limitations on delivery time. Unfortunately, due to orbital drift, the quality of the data will decline over time. Other scientific scenarios such as moon acquisitions will also be planned.
  • The entire archive will remain available -open and free- for anyone to use after the operational mission lifetime, including all Mission Exploitation Platform functionalities. The distribution platform will receive an upgrade in the coming year.
  • We are working on an improvement of data in terms of cloud masking, atmospheric correction and radiometry. This will result in a reprocessing of the entire archive to ‘Collection 2’, which is projected to be released first half of 2021.
  • In 2021 we wish to launch a first demonstrator cubesat containing the same instrument as PROBA-V. With this cubesat we want to complement the PROBA-V 100 m data. In a later stage the data will be enriched by a second cubesat containing a TIR instrument. This could for example facilitate land surface temperature and water stress research.

In the meantime, please continue your research on our rich and long-term dataset and if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact us or subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed!
The PROBA-V team

What's important for you?

The PROBA-V mission will most likely be extended to March 2020.
As of April 2020 we will continue the global vegetation time series made by SPOT-VEGETATION and PROBA-V, using Sentinel-3

To make sure we provide the most useful products using Sentinel-3, we are conducting a survey to see which data is most important for you. We therefore ask you to take 5 minutes to give us your valuable feedback.

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The results will be shared via the PROBA-V website.

All PROBA-V and SPOT-VEGETATION data will still be available after the end of the PROBA-V mission.

Missing data PROBA-V

No Christmas presents from PROBA-V this year!
Due to an on-board anomaly that occurred on 24/12, nearly two consecutive days of data are not recorded. Data is missing for following dates:

  • 24/12/2018: Most of N-America
  • 25/12/2018: Entire globe
  • 26/12/2018: Entire globe, except for Alaska

To see if any data is missing from your region of interest, following tool can be consulted: http://www.vito-eodata.be/missingpixels/
If you have any specific questions or remarks, please contact us at helpdeskticket@vgt.vito.be

The PROBA-V team

Public competition to sharpen views from Proba-V minisatellite

Dear PROBA-V user,

SA is challenging ‘citizen scientists’ to apply the latest AI and image processing techniques to upscale images acquired by the Earth-watching Proba-V minisatellite.

PROBA-V Antarctica data available

At the end of 2017 we were happy to inform you that due to large interest we decided to acquire PROBA-V data over Antarctica from November 2017 up to February 2018. We are now pleased to inform you that the campaign is finished. The 1 km, 300 m and 100 m products of Antarctica are online available via the distribution platform in the respective product collections.

PROBA-V 2018 desktop backgrounds available

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Notification of on-board tests

Dear PROBA-V user,
The PROBA-V team is continually striving for product excellence..
Platform manoeuvre is planned to improve the overall radiometric calibration of the data. Therefore, gaps in the data can be expected on 24 October 2017.
In case you have any further questions, please contact our helpdesk.
(To contact helpdesk please use the "Contact" link in the upper right menu of the application http://www.vito-eodata.be/PDF.)
We apologize for any inconvenience.
VITO’s Image Processing Centre

ESA's ESTEC OPEN DAY: 08/10/2017

ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is the largest. ESTEC is our technical heart - the incubator of the European space effort - where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development.

Notification of on-board tests

Dear PROBA-V user, The PROBA-V team is continually striving for product excellence.
In order to further improve the PROBA-V datasets, on-board updates are going to be performed between Wednesday 7 June and Monday 12 June 2017.
Data loss or degraded data is expected during the latter dates, but will be filtered out during quality control at the processing center.
In case you have any further questions, please contact our helpdesk.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
VITO’s Image Processing Centre

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PROBA-V Special Maneuvers

In order to prepare for the next phase of the PROBA-V mission, some special maneuvers will be executed by the PROBA-V satellite. These will take place on 22/08, 26/08 and 28/08. Data loss is expected over the European and African region on these dates. In case you have any specific questions, please contact our helpdesk. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Antarctica data available

Calving process: For the second consecutive southern hemisphere summer season, PROBA-V observed Antarctica and its ongoing changes. Observations on the continent’s land and sea ice surfaces were performed from 12 November 2018 – 18 February 2019. At various places, large ice sheets are calving off the major glaciers and these processes were well observed by PROBA-V.

 

Living Planet Symposium 2019

With less than 14 days till the abstract submission deadline, we also encourage you to submit your abstracts for the ESA Living Planet Sympsoium 2019.

The PROBA-V team is organizing two special sessions:

  • Land surface Global Monitoring from PROBA-V to Sentinel-3
  • Present and future of Calibration & Validation for Optical Imaging Sensor Products

Abstract need to be submitted via the event website no later than 11 November 2018.
The event, which is held every three years, will take place on 13–17 May 2019 in Milan.

 

Notification of Platform Manoeuvre

Dear PROBA-V user,

The PROBA-V team is continually striving for product excellence. Several platform manoeuvres are planned to improve the overall radiometric calibration of the data. Therefore, gaps in the data can be expected on 9, 18 and 27th of July 2018 In case you have any further questions, please contact our helpdesk. (To contact helpdesk please use the "Contact" link in the upper right menu of the application.)
We apologize for the inconvenience.
VITO's Image Processing Centre

Save the date for the KEYNOTES ° PROBA-V Symposium ° 29-31/05/2018

Dear Madam, Sir,
We are pleased to inform you that the following experts will give a keynote presentation at the PROBA-V Symposium 2018.
For the complete programme, we refer you to the conference website.

Save the date for the PROBA-V Symposium 2018: 29-31/05/2018

 

The European Space Agency, the Belgian Science Policy Office and VITO Remote Sensing are pleased to announce that the second “PROBA-V Symposium” will be organized from 29 till 31 May 2018 in Hotel Andromeda - Ostend, Belgium.

New release PROBA-V MEP

After the first operational release at the end of 2016 we hereby inform you that the 2nd operational version of the PROBA-V Mission Exploitation Platform (MEP) was released, with new and improved features.

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

We hereby inform you that the abstract submission for the PROBA-V Symposium 2018 is open. We encourage you to prepare your abstract for oral presentation and submit it before November 30, 2017 via the online submission form available on the symposium website

4th Birthday for PROBA-V!

This weekend our beloved satellite reaches the fortunate age of 4 year. Judging by the age of its elderly family members (PROBA-1 & PROBA-2), it still has a long life ahead. For your joy and pleasure, we have compiled some time-lapse movies with some examples of the data we have collected of our ever-changing planet over the past few years.

New PROBA-V website launched!

We are excited to announce that our new and refreshed website is live. The updated site includes change in the navigation, direct links to the data and all Mission Exploitation applications. Don’t forget to stop by our Quality pages containing lots of information on various quality parameter, consistency and validation reports. Enjoy!

PROBA-V mission extended to 2019!

Launched in May 2013 with an original design lifetime of 5 years, PROBA-V now raises the bar and adds another 1.5 years to its lifetime to at least the end of October 2019. The platform availability is still of superior quality with no signs of degradation, geometric and radiometric performances are well within requirements and all infrastructure and protocols are well operated and maintained. Above all, more than 800 institutions or companies, representing more than 100 nationalities,  are information-hungry for PROBA-V data and are now served on a daily basis.