Existing/Planned collaborative ground segment
The Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment, offered by EU Member States and International partners represents - among others - additional means to access Sentinel data, in addition to the standard access from the Core Ground Segment managed by ESA.
The following platforms have been created to offer data access from different countries:
Austria - National Mirror and EODC
The Austrian Collaborative Ground Segment comprises two parts. The first part includes the Sentinel National Mirror Austria and a Data Hub Relay operated by ZAMG, while the second part is represented by EODC. EODC contributes to the Austrian activities with a global multi-petabyte Sentinel archive that is co-located with EODC's cloud-computing environment and Austria's high performance computer infrastructure (i.e. the Vienna Scientific cluster. EODC's public-private partnership (PPP) model aims to serve multi-national partners and customers from science, the public and private sector. In addition to advanced IT technologies, EODC aims to enable the development of services based on Sentinel data with its experts from the EO sector and its broad collaboration network.
Belgium - Terrascope
BELSPO (the Federal Science Policy Office) has launched Terrascope, the Belgian Collaborative Ground Segment. It takes advantage of existing infrastructure that Belgium built up for the SPOT-VEGETATION and Proba-V missions. Terrascope offers its users the following products and services:
Terrascope aims to be a flexible and dynamic platform which should allow for new developments resulting from collaboration between Belgian partners in dialogue with BELSPO.
The Hellenic National Sentinel Data Hub (the Greek Mirror Site), disseminates S-1, and in the future S-2, S-3, and S-5P data to the whole area of South-Eastern Europe (i.e. the Balkans peninsula, along with Italy, France and the Iberian peninsula), as well as the Middle East and North Africa. This online platform provides querying, cataloguing, previewing and data transferring capabilities for the Sentinel family of satellites. The platform is open for access free of charge to the worldwide user community. After two months of operations the Greek Mirror Site has been accessed by a large number of registered users from different countries, European and non-European ones, and has been used for downloading S-1 data for a variety of application sectors including Land, Disaster Risk & Reduction, Marine, and Border Control.
Detailed information on the Hellenic National Sentinel Data Hub can be found on the data hub website. Based on the continuous acquisition and automatic processing of S-1 data, the Greek Mirror Site is also supporting the Nationwide Collaborative Ground Segment Initiatives relating to the systematic monitoring of flood events and the accurate assessment of crustal deformation fields due to tectonic, volcanic, and land-slide activity over the entire country.
The Sentinel Product Exploitation Platform (PEPS), developed by the French space agency, CNES, provides global, systematic, long-term and free distribution of Sentinel products to users worldwide.
CNES, representing France in the agreement signed with ESA on Collaborative Ground Segment initiatives, is aiming at contributing to the definition and implementation of policies in environment and security, fostering industrial development and downstream services, and at meeting expectations from institutional bodies and the scientific community.
The PEPS platform is hosted in the CNES data centre in Toulouse, and interconnects with the RENATER and GEANT networks. It distributes data from Sentinel-1, 2 and 3 satellites for satellite platforms A and B.
PEPS distributes level 1 and 2 products from the entire temporal archive across all the geographic areas acquired. So by the end of 2017, PEPS will have collected some 7 petabytes of data which will be made available to users.
In addition to data access, PEPS offers processing facilities co-located with the data.
The user can take advantage of the following functionalities:
These functionalities are available both interactively and in OpenSearch, an appropriate technology for automated access and processing.
PEPS is user-focused and continuously adapts its application to your needs!
Many developments are underway from simple tools up to more elaborate processing (e.g. retrieving Quick-Look images from a Sentinel-2 tile, displaying full resolution image, viewing an image mosaic of the world etc.); these tools will be placed online as soon as they become available.
Moreover, users selected by CNES will have access to a computing cluster to develop, qualify or perform processing near PEPS data.
CNES will be delighted to assist you.
Germany – Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – Deutschland (CODE-DE)
The Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – Deutschland (CODE-DE) is the German national entry point to the EU Copernicus Sentinel satellite systems, their data products and the products of the Copernicus Services. Beside online data access CODE-DE also offers big data processing on the platform for all users and the deployment of tailored processors for specific users.
CODE-DE is particularly dedicated to grant German entities - administrative bodies and civil services, research organizations or private companies, or even members of the public - fast, secure and easy to use access to data of all operational Sentinel satellites as well as all derived information generated by the Copernicus services.
A continuously updated data catalogue allows access to Sentinel data filtered by time, location and additional metadata information such as cloud coverage. A user-friendly catalog client allows, e.g. a full-resolution browse of Sentinel-2 products. All data can be downloaded from the rolling archive online platforms, where products are typically available covering Germany for 36 months, Europe for 12 months, and global for 1 month. Currently, up-to-date data from Sentinel-1A, -1B, -2A, 2B, -3A, -3B and soon 5P are available online. Furthermore, a reload mechanism based on the long-term archive of D-SDA allows to download each Sentinel-2 Level 1C product via CODE-DE.
The service platform features possibilities to process big data online for all users individually based on already installed Earth observation tool-boxes and processors provided by CODE-DE. Selected users are additionally able to use the online processing power of CODE-DE to deploy customer developed processors and to generate tailored information products even without own computing infrastructures. Furthermore, the connection to CODE-DE by cloud providers is supported with a corresponding VM template.Questions? Please feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swedish National Space Agency is now (2019) developing a National Space Data Lab together with Lindholmen Science Park, Research Institutes of Sweden AB and Luleå University of Technology.
The aim is to offer easy methods for analysis of Copernicus data and other space data based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the lab will also offer a data cube based on the Open Data Cube project.