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H.E. Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister of Austria for the EU and Constitution, visits SatCen

On 14 February 2020, H.E. Karoline Edtstadler, new Federal Minister of Austria for the EU and Constitution, visited the EU Satellite Centre.

She was welcomed Deputy Director Giuseppe D'Amico, who gave an overview on the governance, structure and finance mechanism of the Agency. Different SatCen managers explained and showed examples of SatCen activities - geospatial analyses based on satellite imagery and other data, and related services. These include activities under Copernicus - the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme - and the ones related to Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST). SST activities imply the surveillance and tracking of satellites, which are increasingly at risk from collision with other spacecraft or debris, and old satellites that are no longer operational and may re-enter and cause damage on the ground.

SatCen is responsible for the implementation of the Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action. Examples of this service are support to humanitarian aid and crisis management activities and support to EU missions and operations and international organisations. In the Operations Division, imagery analysts explained amongst other things how SatCen supports Frontex by monitoring illegal migration, and how it uses artificial intelligence to help the analyst detect objects on vast areas.

‘With its 28 years of experience, SatCen has clearly developed into a unique operational tool for EU external action and for its Member States. It is today an invaluable asset in the field of crisis management and security, in support of the EU and its citizens’, said Federal Minister Karoline Edtstadler.

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