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The Sentinel Data Access section provides high level information regarding the Copernicus Space Component Data Access (CSCDA) and introduces the Sentinels as Contributing Missions to the Data Access Portfolio. It guides the user through the process of registration to become a Copernicus user, further detailed in the Copernicus Data Access web portal, and focuses on the Sentinel products availability and access mechanisms.

As the data access infrastructure deployment proceeds, the content of this Data Access section will evolve to include the latest information.

Access to Sentinel data is free, full and open for the broad Regional, National, European and International user community; data access mechanisms have been tailored to address the different requirements of the various use typologies.

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Data Hub infrastructure upgrade activities from 26 to 29 March 2018

21 March 2018

Following the maintenance activities to upgrade the storage facilities on the Data Hubs at the beginning of March, two new activities have been scheduled for improving the data access performance.

Sentinel-2 Level-2A product evolution on 26 March 2018

20 March 2018

As anticipated from the former news from 02 March - "Upcoming Sentinel-2 Level-2A product evolution", we are pleased to confirm that the operational Level-2A product distribution will start on 26 March 2018 with the coverage of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Partially missing OLCI Earth Observation data due to calibration activity

16 March 2018

On Monday 19 March 2018, an OLCI S09 calibration activity will be performed: the expected outage including the pre and post calibration configuration is 70 seconds, from 09:04:09 UTC to 09:05:19 UTC.

Sentinel-3 data unavailability

15 March 2018

Due a planned out-of-plane orbit manoeuvre for Sentinel-3 on 14 March 2018, NRT/STC/NTC L1 and L2 user data could be degraded or missing.

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The European Space Agency is operating the Copernicus Space Component for the implementation of EO data access from the fleet of satellites contributing to the programme.

Since 2008, access to data from over 40 European and international space missions operated by national agencies or commercial entities has been granted to eligible Copernicus Users. With the progressive availability of Starting in 2014, the dedicated Sentinel missions developed by ESA, are to become Copernicus Contributing Missions (CCMs), enlarging significantly the overall operational Earth Observation capability needed is considerably enlarged to support fulfil the needs of the Copernicus Services.

ESA implements and operates the Coordinated Data Access System (CDS) and the interfaces with all the Contributing Missions, for an harmonized data provision service to the Copernicus Users, and to support the building of the datasets defined within the Data Access Portfolio (DAP).

The Copernicus users access the EO data according to access rights defined per user category; the Data Access Portfolio (DAP) describes the data offer as a series of EO data collections (datasets) and the conditions (i.e. data licensing, ordering mechanisms, product types available, delivery timeliness, data access mechanisms) under which they are accessible.

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The Services Coordinated Interface (SCI) is the interface for all Copernicus Users for Sentinel users' support. In addition the Desk coordinates the provision and access to Contributing Missions data as defined in the Data Access Portfolio.

While Sentinel dedicated information is available in the present pages, the CSCDA website is the entry point for Copernicus Services to obtain information regarding the global data offer, available tools and data provisions status.

The SCI is available for support at