Accessing Satellite Data

The Satellite Applications Catapult, together with the UK Space Agency, offers a data hub that makes it straightforward to identify and access a broad range of satellite data that can be used for evidence-based decision making, information gathering and environment monitoring. The Data Discovery Hub lists both open and licenced data sets.

Why Improved Access to Satellite Data Matters

Monitoring operational environments from Space requires a robust and sustainable data supply. With new policies on data access, applications and services can be created that harness the significant power of data assets. But for this ecosystem to flourish, access to the raw data is essential.

Identifying the Data

There has been a massive increase in Earth observation data being offered by both public and private satellite operators. The European Commission’s Copernicus programme, for example, will deliver unprecedented access to free and reliable data through its Sentinel satellites. Sentinel 1 was launched in April 2014, with Sentinel 2 set to launch in the first half of 2015.

Commercial and research organisations can now explore and download this data for their own use, using the Data Discovery Hub to understand what is available and from where. In many cases the raw data can be accessed directly through the Data Hub.

Using the Data

Historically, the use of satellite data was the preserve of specialists and scientists who had specific tools to understand what the data is telling us. The Data Discovery Hub removes this limitation by including tools to allow a broader audience to use the data effectively.

Access to satellite data varies from free and open to commercial and licensed. The Data Discovery Hub lists access rights for each data set, based on details given by the particular data provider.

Opportunities for Data

Currently we have an open call for the UK Scientific and Research and Development (R&D) community to provided free access to COSMO-SkyMed products, If you wish to know more about this opportunity, please visit our COSMO-SkyMed Radar Science and Innovation Research (CORSAIR) Programme webpage. 

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Data Discovery Hub, please visit http://data.satapps.orgor email

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