A key aim of KEPLER is to ensure that there is a clear, concise and achievable road map for the Copernicus programme to develop industry and societal-driven value-added technologies, products, and other services. The first Sentinel satellites are in orbit, or due to be launched. It is important that the next phase- Copernicus 2.0 (starting in 2021) is developed further to meet the requirements of the Polar Regions.
Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation programme coordinated and managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency, the EU Member States and EU Agencies. It aims at achieving a global, continuous, autonomous, high quality, wide range Earth observation capacity.