Satellite data distribution contractor selected

December 20th, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Airbus has been awarded a four-year contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be one of four suppliers for the Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS). The service will make data and information easily available to users through a cloud computing architecture, enabling enhanced coordination and cross-fertilisation at European Union level and amongst initiatives at member state or regional level. Airbus will be leading a consortium which includes Orange, Capgemini, CLS and Vito to create and manage the system which will allow access to Copernicus data. Copernicus is an earth observation programme that uses information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. DIAS will unify all the existing access to Sentinel products with in-situ and third-party mission data to provide a data management solution that takes into account data policy and users’ rights to utilise data catalogues and store them in a way that optimises access. Airbus is in charge of management, coordination of all technical contributors, system engineering and integration of the system. Early operations are set to start in mid 2018 with the demonstration of the infrastructure capabilities, preliminary access to data sets and initial service delivery.

Contact Corné Eloff, Airbus Defence and Space, corne.eloff@airbus.com

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