BERLIN — The European Commission allocated another 96 million euros ($109 million) for the European Space Agency to spend on the Copernicus Earth-observation program in the next two years.
The agreement was announced this week during the Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels, Belgium.
Similar to NASA’s Landsat program, Copernicus provides Earth-observation data for free. Copernicus’ Sentinel satellites monitor weather, land use, air quality, agriculture, and other environmental factors that can be used in a variety of sectors, from urban planning to climate change mitigation.
“Thanks to the cooperation between the EU and ESA, we already have seven Sentinel satellites in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day making Copernicus the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world,” ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement. “This agreement also helps us evolve the space component for new missions to monitor our planet’s health.”
Copernicus is an EU program, and its space component is managed by ESA, a separate intergovernmental agency.
The additional funding will go toward new tasks ESA is taking on, including developing the Sentinel-6 mission and the new European Copernicus Data Access and Information Services, according to the statement from ESA.
The original agreement ...