Copernicus is the programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation, coordinated and managed by the European Commission. Copernicus provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information that enables the monitoring of the Earth, marine and atmospheric environments, understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change and ensuring civil security.
Telespazio is one of the major industrial partners of the programme. The company is involved in the space component ground segment development and operations; operates (through subsidiaries e-GEOS, GAF and Telespazio VEGA UK) in emergency management, land and sea safety management, land resource management, and the monitoring of climate change; provides Earth observation data related to the Copernicus Contributing Missions COSMO-SkyMed and IRS.
In particular, since 2012 the e-GEOS Matera Space Centre is one of the three stations of the Core Ground Segment of Copernicus and receives the radar and optical data acquired by satellite missions Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2.
e-GEOS provides the European Commission with geospatial information and satellite maps of areas affected by emergencies, providing the civil protection and the competent authorities of the countries of the Union and international humanitarian Organizations, with the data necessary for the management of catastrophic events.
The European Commission can also make available for each area of the world, within few hours of the onset of the emergency, the pre-and post-event mapping, which facilitates the organisation and rescue operations. The service, available 24/7/365, has a production capacity dedicated to crisis situations (floods, earthquakes, fires, technological disasters) and is managed by e-GEOS, leading a consortium formed by the German subsidiary GAF, the Italian company Ithaca and the French SIRS.