In spring 2018, the UK Space Agency and its EO Advisory Committee (chaired by Iain Woodhouse) initiated a UK Earth Observation Missions Capability (EOMCR) Review.
The final EOMCR report is available here (published August 2019).
The UK Space Agency is seeking to compile a catalogue of EO mission and instrument concepts, to allow opportunistic or strategic support for missions. However there was no dedicated funding for national EO missions at the time of the review.
The scope of the EOMCR is to build a list of potential EO missions or instruments that are near flight-ready. Such missions/instruments could for instance be under a national programme, a bilateral mission or through an ESA or other institutional programme. The end users could be commercial, public policy or academic.
The activities included completion of a questionnaire followed by a CEOI Challenge Workshop – Future EO Missions and Instruments
The questionnaire will provide basic information about an EO mission or instrument and its strength in relation to 5 defined criteria. Completed questionnaires have been assessed by a Panel of independent experts and the results presented to the next meeting of the EO Advisory Committee in May 2018. Richard Lowe (ad hominem member of the EOAC) has been appointed as Chair of the Panel. Further appointments to the Panel have been made by the UK Space Agency in a separate parallel process.
The CEOI Leadership Team will support the UK Space Agency in collating the information and preparing documents for the Panel. All information will be held in confidence by the UK Space Agency, CEOI and the Panel in line with the UK Space Agency confidentiality rules.
Further information on this Capability Review and the questionnaire is contained in the Guidelines document and in the UK Space Agency presentation made at the EO Future Missions Workshop. A copy of the latter is available from the UK Space Agency EO Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).