On 10 December 2008, ESA announced the launch of a new website through which data for GMES Services can be obtained.
The purpose of the new GMES Space Component Data Access web portal is to provide access and advertise datasets currently available or planned for GMES Service Projects. Many of the datasets disseminated rely on the organisations operating missions contributing to GMES.
The launch of this website marks the start of pre-operations for the GMES Space Component, through which Earth Observation data will be provided for services to manage the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
In addition to the data from ESA, data from more than 25 other European and non-European satellites contributing to GMES will be made available in the coming months such as from the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the French Space Agency (CNES), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Spain’s Deimos Imaging, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Britain’s DMC International Imaging (DMCII), Italy’s e-GEOS, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Eurimage, Euromap/GAF, European Space Imaging, ImageSat International, InfoTerra, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), RapidEye, Spot Image and VITO.