ESA Chose T Systems as Prime Contractor for the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem

ESA Chose T Systems as Prime Contractor for the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen T Systems as a service provider for the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem. It provides information services for the maximum benefit of science, politics, industry, and EU citizens.

Copernicus Sentinel satellites continuously provide data for Earth observation. This includes data from the entire surface of the Earth as well as the Earth's atmosphere. With relevant analyses, they provide up-to-date information about the state of the Earth. The large volumes of data can thus be used to conduct trend analyses in various fields.

The Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem is one of the largest data collections for Earth observation data in the world. And it will grow from the current 34 to more than 80 petabytes over the next years. This will be the largest data collection that T-Systems manages in its data centers. The public including more than 600,000 existing users will have access to the new Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem and initial services starting January 24. From July 2023, the majority of services will become available, including a marketplace to further grow the Ecosystem with third-party data and services, supporting the European Data Strategy. T-Systems and its partners handle this gigantic volume of data responsibly and sustainably. With a green infrastructure and electricity generated almost entirely from renewable sources.

T-Systems has been operating parts of the Copernicus infrastructure since 2013. The new Data Space Ecosystem ensures continuity of free and open data access with enhanced services and further facilitates collaboration for all users. Therefore, one of the largest online archives, consisting of all Sentinel satellite data collected since 2014, is made available. In addition to the gigantic volume of data, it offers existing tools as well as a variety of new ones, for example for immediate analytics and on-demand processing. The new Data Space Ecosystem is being provided based on an open-source environment. It facilitates third parties to add and run their applications in the Data Space Ecosystem with transparent governance and without any lock-ins.

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