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Helix Nebula @ The 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium, 9-13 September 2013, Edinburgh

ESA and CNR presented Helix Nebula at the 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symporsium on 9-13 September in Edinburgh, United Kingdoms.

The 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). The event was held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from 09 to 13 September 2013 and was organised with the support of the UK Space Agency.

The aim of the Symposium was to present the results of ESA EO missions exploitation by providing a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science.
According to S. Elefante from CNR, the Symposium was a great opportunity to exchange ideas within the worldwide remote sensing community.

The presentations concerning Sentinel satellites provided a global overview of ESA strategic and future planning.

CNR's presentation called "A Novel Parallel Computational Framework for Processing Large InSAR Data Sets" had to do with the remote sensing technique that allows the investigation of surface deformation phenomena and captured the interest of attendees who expressed some technical questions regarding the algorithm and its implementation.
Regarding Helix Nebula, the questions that were formed had to do with the possibility of generating a european cloud from a market perspective.

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