Indra will be in charge of storing at its data center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) the images of the future optical Earth observation satellite, the Sentinel-2B, which is planned to be launched into orbit in 2016.
The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded in 2013 to Indra an initial contract for implementing at its facilities one of the main data Processing and Archiving Centers (PAC) of the Sentinel-2A satellite mission ground segment. Now ESA expands the contract to include data management for the twin satellite, the Sentinel-2B, and extends it to 2020.
After Sentinel-2A was launched last June, the PAC entered into operation and began receiving the first images. With a surface of 5,000 square meters, this centre is located at the Indra Data Processing Center (DPC) in Madrid. It fulfills the stringent level of security and offers an uninterrupted service level of at least 99.98%, equivalent to the characteristics specified for TIER III facilities. It is expected that one petabyte will be received annually to be stored when Sentinel-2B becomes operational.
The extension of this contract acknowledges the work undertaken by Indra in deploying the PAC within the agreed timeframe, in compliance with the specifications and to the requirements established by ESA. The company has participated in the verification phase after the launch of the first satellite, reporting to the ESA operations team that data storage and all services associated with the infrastructure, networks and communications respond correctly.
Operations of the Sentinel-2 PAC at Indra allows the satellite data products to be kept safely in the long-term, allowing users to access long time-series of optical measurements over the mission lifetime. The information supplied by these images will be especially useful in the fields of agriculture and environmental management, with uses such as monitoring of crops, estimation of droughts and surveillance of floods or follow-up of deforestation processes. They will also be useful for watching over volcanic eruptions, urban planning or natural disaster prevention, amongst other applications.
The Sentinel-2 satellite series is specifically aimed at routinely acquiring optical images from the Earth's land surface with a spatial resolution of up to 10 meters. When both satellites are in operation, the Sentinel-2 mission will be capable of obtaining complete coverage of the Earth's land surface every 5 days (10 days when only one satellite is in operation).
The multi spectral instrument on board the satellites is capable of gathering top of atmosphere radiance measurements along in 13 spectral bands, including the visible, near-infrared to the far-infrared closer to the microwave region.
Sentinel-2 is one mission of the European Commission’s large Copernicus Programme, which is led in partnership with the European Space Agency, and aims to manage the environment effectively and help respond to the challenges of Climate global change.
Date: Oct 1, 2015