European technology allows fast and secure transfer of data from space to Earth

1 year ago  By  Iuliana Velniciuc     No comments

European External Action Service and the European Commission hosted on July  11, 2019 a live demonstration of the European Data Relay System (EDRS), also known as ‘Space data highway’. The system is the world’s first laser-link in the sky, based on cutting-edge European laser technology. It allows transferring large volume of data, in particular images, from satellites in space to the Earth in quasi real-time. The system is a public–private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, and benefits from €90 million of EU funding from the Copernicus Earth Observation programme and through ESA in the 2015-2020 period. Thanks to the system, Copernicus images will be made available up to 7 times faster than currently the case. Copernicus, a leading provider of Earth observation data across the globe, offers high-quality environmental monitoring, helps save lives and manage emergencies, and supports border and maritime security. The EU’s Copernicus Satellite system serves as the first long-term customer of the Space data highway. The new services will help Copernicus increase the data download capacities and timeliness and greatly improve its value for a host of time-critical applications. The live demo event was held simultaneously in the EEAS headquarters in Brussels, the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon and the EU Delegation in Tokyo. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Xavier Cifre Quatresols – Tel.: +32 229 73582; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

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