From 5 to 18 October, the constellation of satellites formed by SPOT 5, SPOT 6, Pleiades-1A and Pleiades-1B supplied imagery of India in the wake of a cyclone, Cambodia following deadly Mekong river floods, and of flooding in southern Italy.
The quick-response capability of this new generation of satellites is well suited to emergency situations and explains the surge in imagery acquisitions. The satellites’ responsiveness and the 24/7 operations team at Astrium were able to deliver imagery less than 24 hours after activation. Astrium Services supplied both current and pre-emergency images.
Copernicus is a joint initiative of the European Commission and ESA supporting public authorities in the European Union with geo-information products and services. The Emergency Management service of the Copernicus programme offers an enhanced rapid mapping capability using satellite data to respond to emergencies and disasters.