Copernicus is the European programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation, managed and coordinated by the European Commission. Copernicus provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information that enables the monitoring of the Earth, marine and atmospheric environments, understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change and ensuring civil security.

The Telespazio Group is one of the major industrial partners of the Copernicus Programme. In Germany, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is heavily involved in various aspects of the programme, ranging from payload data ground segment development (PDGS), operations preparations, support to Launch-and-Early-Orbit-Phase as well as routine operations, and ICT Engineering services.

Sentinel-1A and 1B are Europe’s Radar vision satellites. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been and is contributing to the Sentinel 1 Mission, both the A and B satellites in the areas of Ground Segment Systems, Systems Engineering and ICT.

Within the Ground Segment Systems, the company has been a member of the core Airbus team for the development of Sentinel-1 Payload Data Ground Segment for ESA.

Telespazio VEGA was specifically in charge of the development of two core subsystems, the PDGS Monitoring and Reporting (PMR) and the PDGS Resource Monitoring, Alarm & Control (RMA). The subsystems have been deployed in the Sentinel-1 stations and centres at Frascati (ESRIN), Svalbard, Maspalomas, Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), Brest, Matera and Farnborough and are operational since April 2014.

Located directly at the European Space operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Telespazio VEGA provides engineering services for ground operations, satellite operations as well as training services to prepare the Flight Control Team for a multitude of possible future operations scenarios.

For the Launch-and-Early-Orbit-Phase of both satellites, as well as for routine operations, the ICT Engineering Services Team, based at ESOC, has been in charge of preparing the necessary ICT infrastructure.

Sentinel-2A and 2B are two satellites providing Colour Vision for Europe. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is involved in the Sentinel-2A as well as 2B routine mission operations and has developed processor plugins for the Sentinel-2 multispectral imager Toolbox.

The company provides comprehensive engineering services to the ESOC Flight Control Team, being involved in preparation, launch and routine operations services. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has also provided a simulations officer service, running simulations to train the Flight Control Team for nominal scenarios as well as for contingencies.

The company is also contributing to the implementation of the Sentinel-2 Toolbox, which consists of a set of visualisation, analysis and processing tools for the exploitation of Multispectral Instrument (MSI) data. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been responsible for the development of two plugins: the Sen2Cor processor plugin, used for atmospheric, cirrus or terrain correction of Top-Of- Atmosphere Level 1C input data; and the Sen2Three plugin for Spatio-Temporal Synthesis of bottom of atmosphere corrected Sentinel-2 images, which enables users to remove clouds from satellite images and presenting a seamless overlap image of a particular region without clouds.

Download the Sen2Cor Plugin: http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2cor/

Download the Sen2Three Plugin: http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2three/

The Sentinel-3A and 3B satellites within the Copernicus programme provide a bigger picture of our Earth. The mission provides medium-resolution and high-accuracy optical and surface topography data with a suitable revisit frequency, coverage and timeliness for both near real time and offline marine and land applications.

Telespazio VEGA has supported the Flight Control Team for the Sentinel-3 Low-Earth-Orbit-Phase (LEOP) - performed by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt - through Operations and ICT Engineering Services. Ever since the completion of the LEOP, routine operations have been handed over to EUMETSAT which are supported Telespazio VEGA Deutschland through Systems Operations Services (Controllers Team).

In addition, the company is providing essential contributions to systems that are key for the users interested in Copernicus data: The Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS), implemented by ESA in conjunction with EUMETSAT. The development of the Core PDGS was carried out by a Telespazio VEGA-led Consortium.

The Core PDGS is primarily in charge of receiving and processing the Sentinel-3 instrument payload data, ensuring that satellite tasking is performed according to the overall Copernicus user requirements and satellite capabilities, and guaranteeing that suitable Sentinel-3 products meeting the expected quality and timeliness constraints are available to the Copernicus Users.

The Telespazio VEGA Consortium has deployed the PDGS on six different sites, each implementing a share of the overall product processing chain: Svalbard, Darmstadt (EUMETSAT), Frascati (ESRIN), Toulouse (CLS), Sophia Antipolis (ACRI), and Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR). Telespazio VEGA is currently responsible for the maintenance of the Core PDGS at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt.

Sentinel-4, Europe’s Air Monitoring mission consists of a set of instruments that will be launched on board the two Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) Sounding Satellites.

Although not launched yet, the Telespazio Group and Telespazio VEGA Deutschland are already heavily involved in the MTG mission preparations on the ground segment side: An important part of the Ground Segment are the ground station facilities required to communicate with the satellites, to receive data and to control the satellite status and orbital position.

MTG will use advanced communication techniques that require a new set of dedicated ground station facilities. MTG satellites will generate a much higher volume of data, which makes separate facilities for data acquisition (Mission Data Acquisition Facility – MDAF) and satellite control (Tracking, Telemetry and Command Ground Stations Facility - TTCF) a must.

Telespazio, as well known Ground Station integrator and operator, has been selected by EUMETSAT in Darmstadt to design, develop, procure, maintain and locally operate those ground station facilities. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland’s role over the next 20 years includes the local integration, support and the 1st and 2nd line maintenance responsibility for the systems installed at the EUMETSAT Headquarters.

Telespazio VEGA is also contributing to the Integration Verification and Validation of the overall MTG ground segment at the EUMETSAT premises.

Sentinel-5 and its precursor 5P are Europe’s Global Air Monitoring missions within the Copernicus Programme. Prior to launch, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has already been contributing to the preparations for the mission. Services involve Operations & Engineering, Flight Dynamics and Data Systems within the Copernicus Contract that the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) awarded to the company.

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