Astrium Services’ commitment
The GEO-Information division of Astrium Services is committed to programmes whose purpose is to make Earth-observation images and geo-information available for worthy causes such as natural and man-made disasters, humanitarian missions, global surveillance of the environment, international security and peacekeeping, education and research.
Astrium Services is also working closely with experts and scientists in its community to help foster the next generation of geospatial technologies and systems, as well as to contribute to the development of new applications and business models.
Here are some concrete examples of what Astrium Service’s commitment means.
Combating climate change with Planet Action
Planet Action, Astrium Services’ corporate social responsibility initiative, was launched by Spot Image in 2007. Planet Action is helping to raise awareness about climate change and how Earth-observation and geo-information solutions can serve the climate change cause. Planet Action is focused on two main activities:
- Grants: supporting local projects by providing geo-information technology, services and expertise to NGOs working on climate change
- Outreach: developing awareness-raising activities on climate change and geo-information technology.
To date, more than 500 projects have benefitted from technology grants. Planet Action and its partners participate in major international events to show how technology is an essential part of the climate change solution. Astrium employees are active stakeholders in this initiative and feedback from projects is used to boost innovation within our company.
Discover Planet Action
Supporting risk and emergency response with the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters
The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is an initiative of the leading space agencies aimed at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users.
Astrium Services actively supports the charter, helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property by:
- programming the satellites it operates to provide information to rescue teams in the field as quickly as possible
- searching for images through its archive to enable multi-date comparisons, which are indispensable for evaluating damage
Developing technology and standards: Open GIS Consortium
The international Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is working to establish interface specifications to ensure interoperability between geographic information systems and to increase interoperability in accessing geospatial data. OGC’s membership is drawn from key players in the geospatial sector, including major institutions (NASA, ESA), leading commercial companies and users.
Astrium Services is a Principal Member of OGC and an active contributor to OGC efforts such as implementation and testing of geographic web services, online catalogues and multi-satellite tasking such as WCS, WMS, SWE and SPS to name a few.
Visit the Open Geospatial Consortium website