Greece: Just weeks after the launch of Sentinel-1A, ESA and Greece have signed a first arrangement that establishes access to Sentinel data, marking a significant step forward in their exploitation. The Sentinel family of satellites is being developed to meet the operational needs of Europe’s environment monitoring programme, Copernicus. ESA and Greece signed an Understanding for the Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation at a ceremony in Athens, Greece.
Signing on Greece’s behalf, the President of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) Kanaris C. Tsinganos expressed his appreciation of working with ESA on establishing the agreement that guarantees Greece the valued access to Sentinel data.
Under the agreement, NOA intends to set up a ‘national mirror site’ for hosting and distributing Sentinel data, ensuring the access, archiving and redistribution of Sentinel data and products for the derivation of value-adding environmental services and information.
“The objective of this activity is to provide data for priority national activities with a prospect to serve the needs of transnational cooperations between Greece and neighbouring southeastern Mediterranean and Balkan countries, as well as the Black Sea Region,” said Prof. Tsinganos.