Today the European Space Agency (ESA) announces opening of a new Earth Observation (EO) data hosted-processing facility ran by ESA and hosted by CloudEO, a Munich-based start-up company, which will be managing this service for ESA on the EOhopS portal. This free offer is limited to R&D users from academia and industries.
ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states, dedicated to the exploration of space. It has long been supporting scientific users and developers of EO applications by providing access to its own mission data and so-called Third Party Mission data. Through this partnership, ESA, upon evaluating a project proposal, will make satellite acquisitions from ESA’s partner agencies and from commercial data providers available for free to the broad R&D community allowing scientists and R&D users from businesses to analyze commercial and Sentinel data in a powerful hosted-processing environment for their projects. “This is amazing! It opens so many opportunities for research and development both by scientists and businesses ultimately benefiting the society”, says Prof. Dr. Patrick Ole Noack, who is teaching Agricultural Technology at Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf.