Astri Polska and Kapitech Still Involved in the Copernicus Relays Initiative

PUBLISHED AT: Friday, 03 November 2017, 14:48
Copernicus Relays

Astri Polska and Kapitech got their membership extended, with regards to the “Copernicus Relays” programme, for another year. The report covering the research undertaken by the consortium so far was positively assessed by the European Commission which issued an approval for the entity to conduct further promotional activities in Poland, pertaining to the Copernicus programme.

Copernicus Relays” is a title assigned by the European Commission to the domestic Earth Observation satellite systems experts in the European Union member states. The job of the aforesaid group is to share their knowledge and experience in order to promote usage of the data derived from the Copernicus programme services.

We are happy with the fact that the European Commission has been appreciating our involvement in promotion of the Copernicus programme. In Poland we are observing an increased interest in usage of satellite data, both on the part of the private entities, as well as in case of the state bodies and the administration. Thanks to the Copernicus Relays programme, usage of the data obtained via the Earth Observation satellites may find new proponents of such usage.

Jacek Mandas, Astri Poland President

The Astri Polska EO team utilizes, on a daily basis, the data provided by the Sentinel satellites, available within the framework of the Copernicus initiative. Thanks to the above, the company remains capable of being involved in talks with potential new users, on actual benefits that may be ascribed to usage of such data. During the recent months the company has been promoting the Copernicus programme data and services, offering domestic and international coverage of a variety of domains, including mining industry, crisis management or maritime industry.

Within the framework of the “Copernicus Relays” programme, consortium formed by Astri Polska and Kapitech organizes and supports Hackathon initiatives, during which the companies assist the participants in using the data acquired from the Earth Observation satellites.

#EOvation City of Future may be a prime example of initiatives as such. In this case, the participants were looking for solutions based on EO data within the scope of facing and tackling the contemporary urban challenges. Another event during which the satellites were helpful was the Warsaw Climathon Challenge organized last week, covering the ways to act against smog and air pollution in Warsaw. During the latter event, one of the teams showcased the option to use the satellite imagery for the purpose to identify the air pollution in the urban spaces.

It has also been planned by the consortium to organize workshops this year, during which all of the participants of the Copernicus programme would be acquainted with the basics of use of the ESA SNAP software package, utilized within the scope of processing the EO satellite data streams.

Copernicus is an EU-driven programme coordinated by the European Commission working together with ESA and other European entities. The objective of the initiative is to deliver information about the Earth provided by the Sentinel satellites and to develop the information services based on EO satellite-data and in situ data. The services provide the users with reliable and accurate information within four main thematic domains: Land Monitoring, Marine Environment Monitoring, Atmosphere Monitoring, Emergency Management, Security and Climate Change.

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