France, November 11, 2014: ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an Understanding for the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for managing and accessing Sentinel data.
Under the agreement, DLR will coordinate ground segment activities in Germany — such as hosting, distributing, ensuring access and archiving Sentinel data — and act as an interface between ESA and national initiatives. DLR also plans to cooperate with other European partners and institutions.
Germany is the fourth Participating State to sign the agreement after Greece, Norway and Italy.
“The collaborative ground segments will improve the access of users in Germany to Copernicus data very much. ESA is supporting its member states to improve the access via a standard interface,” said Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes and co-signatory of the Understanding.
The Sentinel family of satellites is being developed to meet the operational needs of Europe’s environment monitoring programme, Copernicus. The first in the fleet, Sentinel-1A, was launched in April and began its operational life a month ago. The data provided by the Earth-observing missions are freely accessible for Copernicus Services, as well as to scientific and other users.