big antennas and paraboles, directed towards space.
That is the INTA Estacion Espacial de Maspalomas,
that is part of ESA, the European Space Agency.
ESA have a lot of things to do. The survey almost
all spaceship movements, European as well as
American, and a lot of satellites are monitored by
ESA. Right now there are about 18 satellites being
monitored. And they are travelling far. Som go to
other planets in our solar system, and some are
GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and
Security) is the next flagship initiative for space
in Europe, after Galileo.
It was confirmed as the European Union’s priority at
the 2001 Summit in Gothenburg, where the Heads of
State and Government requested that "the Community
contribute to establishing by 2008 a European
capacity for Global Monitoring for Environment and
ESA is the main partner to the European Union in
GMES and has contributed with programmatic
activities since 2001 to the GMES endeavour. ESA has
worked on the development of GMES pilot services in
close conjunction with a large community of
ESA is also working on multi-mission facilities and
ground segment operations and is preparing the Space
Component for GMES with a series of studies and
preparatory activities for the development of a
series of satellites missions (the Sentinels) and
the integration of national and European missions to
guarantee continuity of data and services.
GMES is the response to the need by Europe for
geo-spatial information services. It provides
autonomous and independent access to information for
policy-makers, particularly in relation to
environment and security.
GMES represents also the European contribution to
the international Global Earth Observation System of
Systems, GEOSS, which was established at the third
Earth Observation Summit in Brussels, in February
And be sure, if anything happens in space, ESA is
among the first to know, and one of the means to
this is the Station in Maspalomas.