The European Space Agency has inked technical agreements with NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey to allow the three agencies access to European Sentinel satellite data.
The agreements will allow the three U.S. agencies to retrieve data collected by the Sentinel satellites from an ESA-operated international data hub, ESA said Tuesday.
The agency added it is working with its U.S. partners toward a common goal of “full, free and open access” to satellite information and Earth observation data.
The U.S. agencies plan to integrate the data to their EarthExplorer, GloVIS and other access systems for dissemination to their users across the globe and serve as an “interface” between U.S. and European data utilization programs, ESA said.
ESA added that it has acquired, processed and disseminated mission data from U.S. operations as part of the agency’s Earthnet Third Party Mission Program for over three decades.