by Staff Writers
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2013
Free and open access to Sentinel satellite data will be granted for the Copernicus operational phase. The European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy will enter into force in the coming days.
This Act provides free, full and open access to users of environmental data from the Copernicus programme, including data from the Sentinel satellites.
This decision confirms the one recently adopted by ESA Member States - as current owners of the Sentinel satellites - for granting free and open access to Sentinel data. It will allow long-term continued access to data through the operational phase of Copernicus, led by the European Commission.
These data will dramatically improve the management of the environment, help to understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
ESA is coordinating the acquisition and delivery of data through the Sentinel series of satellites, the first of which is set for launch next year.
This common approach on data policy confirms the coherence between the EU and ESA in the Copernicus programme. It paves the way for a successful uptake of the operational phase of the Copernicus Space Component, as well as the full economic benefits to come from the Copernicus programme.
Studies show that Copernicus could generate a financial benefit of some 30 billion euro and a minimum of about 50 000 new jobs by 2030.
"The free and open Sentinel data policy will be a breakthrough in the use of satellite data for specialised users, but also for the general public," said Josef Aschbacher, Head of the ESA Copernicus Space Office.
"It will create innovative solutions, such as providing satellite-based information on air or water quality for everyone."
Copernicus at ESA
Earth Observation News - Suppiliers, Technology and Application
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|