Eumetsat takes expanded role in Europe’s Copernicus missions with 7-year, $866M contract with EU Commission

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, Eumetsat, is taking on a much larger role in the Copernicus environment-monitoring program under a seven-year agreement with the European Commission valued at 735 million euros ($866 million).

The agreement considerably broadens Eumetsat’s Copernicus operations mandate beyond the current Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 ocean-focused missions to include future Copernicus satellites on atmospheric and climate monitoring.

Notably, Eumetsat will operate and distribute data from the CO2M carbon dioxide-measuring . . .

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