A look into the many achievements of Copernicus in 2018 !
Dear readers of Copernicus Observer,
What a year 2018 has been for the Copernicus programme! Having celebrated the programme’s 20th anniversary in Baveno last June, Copernicus is now twenty and has come of age. With seven satellites in orbit, following the launch of Sentinel-3B, our baseline constellation is now fully operational. Our six services have enlarged their portfolio with the launch of important new information products. The five DIAS data and information cloud processing platforms have been kick started. Measures to support our users have been intensified, notably for start-ups and students, while the international footprint of Copernicus has significantly developed. I invite you to discover the many achievements of Copernicus in 2018, presented in the Copernicus 2018 Achievements factsheet.
Such results are made possible by the engagement of everyone in the Copernicus ecosystem: The European Commission, ESA, EUMETSAT and the six Copernicus services, the Member States, the Copernicus Relays and Academy, and of course all Copernicus users, from researchers and scientists to entrepreneurs and public servants. You do not have to be a professional downloading and using the data itself: if you benefit from any of the numerous apps created using Copernicus data or if you are watching Air Quality updates from Euronews for example, you are a Copernicus user. With of 16 TB of new Earth Observation free and open data delivered every day, future opportunities are limitless.
The use of Copernicus is booming, at European, national or local level, by companies and entrepreneurs, but also internationally. We now have over 300,000 users, well above any expectations. Every day, citizens and journalists turn to our open data to look into news headlines (e.g. Krakatau eruption and tsunami, climate change; wildfires, etc.). I am impressed about the vitality of the Copernicus start-up scene and the number of business ideas enabled by Copernicus.
However, we are not ones to rest on our laurels! There is much to do for Copernicus in 2019. In particular, we encourage the European Parliament and the European Council to adopt the EU Space Programme Regulation, together with an increased budget. This will enable the continuity of our programme, as well as the launch of new or expanded services.
Let me thank once again all members of the Copernicus ecosystem for their hard work and dedication to this unique programme. I wish you a healthy, happy and successful 2019.
Deputy Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission