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Copernicus to embark on a 40-year Earth observation mission

The set of systems making up Copernicus continuously collects data, over the long term, that can then be used for land, marine and atmosphere monitoring, tracking climate change and also for security surveillance (managing natural disasters and keeping track of maritime traffic in particular).

The Copernicus programme’s space component is based on ‘Sentinel’ satellites 1, 2 and 3, and the on-board instruments for Sentinel missions 4 and 5.

Airbus Defence and Space has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an ‘in-situ’ measurement component and a ‘services’ component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management.

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