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EU Space and the Coronavirus

on 30 April 2020

With its 30+ EU-owned satellites, the EU Space Programme, notably through its Earth Observation component, Copernicus, and its satellite navigation system, Galileo, offers free and open data information that can help monitor and potentially mitigate the impact against the coronavirus outbreak. You will find below a list of examples of how elements of the EU Space Programme have helped fight against the pandemic:

Copernicus monitors impact on traffic at borders between EU Member States

Earth observation data from Copernicus have been used to better understand the impact on traffic at borders between EU Member States as the Coronavirus pandemic caused serious disruptions in traffic and many trucks carrying medicines and other goods remain blocked at the borders. Copernicus contributed to informed decision-making by national authorities.

Galileo based applications supporting authorities and citizens against Covid-19

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) is notably developing a dedicated App « Galileo for Green Lane » aiming to monitor and facilitate the freight traffic, while limiting waiting time at border crossings.

Space Data to mitigate agricultural activity disruptions

The EU Space programme makes available cloud-based processing solutions provided by the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS), and the Farm Sustainability Platform to help mitigate disruptions caused by the Coronavirus.

Copernicus data and information in support to the scientific community

Copernicus data combined with analytics tools and artificial intelligence algorithms are helping the scientific community and public authorities to better understand the consequences of the crisis, to mitigate its potential impacts and anticipate new models for the recovery period.

Copernicus to assess temporary health facilities and public gathering places

Italy has activated the EU’s Copernicus satellite system to help them map health facilities as well as public spaces so as to get a clear understanding of activities and public spaces during the coronavirus emergency.

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) encourages all those who have an innovative idea on how space data and services can further help during the Coronavirus situation to send them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

More information about the various efforts of the EU space community can be found at this link.

2020 04 Space Covid 2 Image B

Image credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019-20), processed by KNMI/ESA