SEDAS users set to benefit from availability of Sentinel-2 data through platform

SEDAS users set to benefit from availability of Sentinel-2 data through platform

Following the recent launch of the new Sentinel Data Access Service (SEDAS), Sentinel-2 data is now available through the online data hub, providing users with invaluable new data.

SEDAS, which is jointly funded by the UK Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult, was launched earlier this year as a new online data hub to enable UK end-users to access Copernicus Earth observation data.

Sentinel-2 provides wide-area, high-resolution, multispectral imagery which will benefit efforts to tackle deforestation, food security, disaster monitoring and coastal pollution. The satellite provides global coverage of the Earth’s land surface every ten days, making the data of great value in ongoing studies.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “The addition of the Sentinel-2 data to SEDAS is a significant milestone in the platform’s capabilities and benefit to users. With its high resolution imagery and high revisit frequency, Sentinel-2 could provide great value to the agricultural sector, emergency services, and organisations monitoring inland waterways and coastal areas, amongst others.”

Katherine Courtney, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: “With this new capability the SEDAS portal will further support UK users to produce world leading innovative products, services and applications from Sentinel-2 data. We are funding easy, cost-free access to satellite data for the benefit of everyone, but particularly to help businesses design new solutions to support the wider UK economy.”

To-date, more than 70 organisations have used the SEDAS portal and we anticipate this growing significantly following the availability of Sentinel-2 data.

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About SEDAS

Through the UK National Collaborative Ground Segment, SEDAS is supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult (provider of the commercial side of the Climate, Environment and Monitoring from Space (CEMS) facility); UK Space Agency; RAL Space (owner of the academic side of CEMS); and Airbus Defence & Space (owner of the Processing and Archiving Centre in the UK that holds Sentinel-1 and 2 data). This initiative is also supported by several small industry organisations including Deimos, Geocento and Open Knowledge Foundation. As well as providing satellite data, SEDAS includes educational content, news and discussion forums. It aims to be relevant to expert and non-expert users alike, permitting organisations with varied levels of experience to access, use and benefit from EO data.

About the Satellite Applications Catapult

Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research.  The aim of the Satellite Applications Catapult is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030. It aims to achieve this by exploiting the innovation potential in the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.

About the UK Space Agency

We are responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, we are responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. We lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens