The Copernicus programme, coordinated by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), is designed to monitor the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change, contributing to the management of humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters and civil security.
ESA is developing six families of Sentinel satellite missions specifically designed for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme. The Sentinels provide high-resolution radar and optical images of our planet.
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 made up of its subsidiary GAF (Germany) and partners Telespazio Ibèrica (Spain), ITHACA (Italy), SIRS and Strasbourg University (France), as well as GMV (Portugal).