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 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.
Telespazio participates in Copernicus Programme in the creation, maintenance and evolution of the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) for Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 (led by Telespazio Germany), the Mission Control System of Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-5P and the infrastructure for access to the Earth observation products of the Copernicus missions (Copernicus Space Component Data Access/Coordinated Data Access System - CSCDA/CDS).
In the field of operations, Telespazio's staff supports ESOC (ESA's Space Operations Centre) during the pre and post launch phases of the Sentinel satellites, and is responsible for the CSCDA/CDS operations as well as the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data acquisition from the Matera Space Centre (through its subsidiary e-GEOS).
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.
Telespazio will also be responsible for managing operations in the Sentinel-3 ground segment until 2021.
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 made up of its subsidiary GAF (Germany) and partners Telespazio Ibèrica (Spain), ITHACA (Italy), SIRS and Strasbourg University (France), as well as GMV (Portugal).