The two Sentinel-1 satellites that orbit the Earth are generating vast amounts of imagery with C-band radars – delivering trillions of data bytes every month.
After their launches in 2014 and 2016, these spacecraft – which are equipped with Airbus-built synthetic aperture radar instruments – have provided users with imaging data for such applications as environmental monitoring, understanding the effects of climate change, and safeguarding everyday lives.
As manufacturer and operator of the Sentinel-1 data segment for the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus was asked by ESA to carry on the success story and look at digitalising this vital asset after six years of outstanding performance since launch of the first Sentinel-1.
Under the Copernicus Earth Observation programme (a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Space Agency), ESA requested transfer of operations of the Copernicus Sentinels’ data segment to commercial cloud environments. Airbus therefore set about developing a highly capable cloud-native solution and smoothly migrated the Sentinel-1 operations to a commercial cloud while continuing to deliver higher levels of operational performance.