(15 November 2013) The European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy will enter into force in the coming days. This Act provides free, full and open access to users of environmental data from the Copernicus programme, including data from the Sentinel satellites.
This decision confirms the one recently adopted by ESA Member States – as current owners of the Sentinel satellites – for granting free and open access to Sentinel data. It will allow long-term continued access to data through the operational phase of Copernicus, led by the European Commission.
These data will dramatically improve the management of the environment, help to understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
ESA is coordinating the acquisition and delivery of data through the Sentinel series of satellites, the first of which is set for launch next year.
This common approach on data policy confirms the coherence between the EU and ESA in the Copernicus programme. It paves the way for a successful uptake of the operational phase of the Copernicus Space Component, as well as the full economic benefits to come from the Copernicus programme.
Studies show that Copernicus could generate a financial benefit of some €30 billion and a minimum of about 50 000 new jobs by 2030.
“The free and open Sentinel data policy will be a breakthrough in the use of satellite data for specialised users, but also for the general public,” said Josef Aschbacher, Head of the ESA Copernicus Space Office.
“It will create innovative solutions, such as providing satellite-based information on air or water quality for everyone.”