Recognising that data sharing will provide mutual benefits, in particular in the pursuit of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the European Commission and India's Department of Space (DOS), have decided to sign a cooperation arrangement with the aim to strengthen and stimulate cooperation on Earth observation and mutual access to the data from the European Union's Sentinel series of satellites and from the Indian Earth observation satellites. This strengthens the geospatial sector, rises awareness for further opening data in the sector, and sharing it internationally.
Under the arrangement, the European Commission will provide India with free, full and open access to the data from the Copernicus Sentinel family of satellites. Reciprocally, the Indian DOS will provide the Copernicus programme and its participating states with a free, full and open access to the data from the earth observation satellites run by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), including historical datasets. Read more on the agreement here. To find out more about the launch of the latest Copernicus satellite (Sentinel-2B) click here.