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Programme Copernicus

Copernicus is the European environmental monitoring and security programme led jointly by the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA). Its mission is to give Europe an independent Earth-observation capability to meet the environmental, climate and security challenges it faces.

Comprising a constellation of 20 satellites grouped by family, the Sentinel-1 to Sentinel-6 missions are geared towards specific objectives like radar and high-resolution optical remote sensing, altimetry and measuring the composition of Earth’s atmosphere.

Since 2009, Telespazio France has been a key player in the Copernicus programme, notably through its involvement in the launch of the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions, as well as in developing and validating the ground segments for the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 missions, setting up the Mission Performance Centre (MPC) for the Sentinel-2 mission and developing the ngEO (Next Generation Earth Observation) satellite imagery catalogue for ESA.

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