ESA and China have been cooperating through the Dragon Programme since 2004 to encourage the use of Earth observation in China. Building on the success of the past years, the programme is taking on more momentum as it enters its third phase.
The Dragon Programme started in 2004 as a joint undertaking between ESA, the National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China.
The aim is to promote the use of ESA, Third Party Missions and Chinese Earth observation satellite data within China for science and applications.
Since its conception, the programme has grown from strength to strength.
In 2004, Dragon focused on 16 projects to exploit satellite data for scientific research and different practical applications.
Under Dragon 2, which started in 2008, more than 400 scientists from 165 research institutes in Europe and China were involved in 25 joint Chinese-European research projects covering land, ocean and atmospheric themes.
This week, some 400 scientists gathered in China to discuss the results of Dragon 2 and mark the opening of the programme's third phase, Dragon 3....