The presentations for this workshop are available in the MATERIAL section (in the top menu).
You can also find photos of the event at this link (password: Drone_Brussels).
The minutes of the workshop can be downloaded here.
Drone photo credit: Aetos Drones – Belgium
The introductory speech of Dr Philippe Brunet (Director of Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence, DG GROW, European Commission) on complementarities of Copernicus with Unmanned Aerial Systems. Drone video credit: Aetos Drones – Belgium
The European Commission is organising on 13 September 2018 a Workshop on ‘Copernicus and aerial platforms’ to explore how unmanned aerial platforms could potentially complement Earth Observation capabilities in Copernicus.
The Copernicus programme currently relies on a set of dedicated satellites (7 Sentinels), as well as contributing missions and in situ capacities to deliver six services (land, atmosphere, climate change, marine environment, emergency management, security). Unmanned aerial platforms, notably UASs, become more and more reliable and robust and are already providing operational Earth observation capacities that could offer, under certain conditions, useful complementarity with satellite-based services. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites or Platform Systems will operate quasi-stationarily over a fixed point on Earth from weeks to months at very high altitude and will soon provide additional options.
The Workshop, hosted in the premises of Eurocontrol in Brussels, will link industry representatives from the space, Earth observation and unmanned aerial systems sectors to look at the existing and upcoming aerial observation capacities and applications, to understand the operational and legal aspects for using unmanned aerial platforms and to capture potential user needs.
This event is open and free to registered participants.
The detailed minutes of the workshop will be published online shortly.
Side exhibition in the lobby
During the day of the workshop, a small exhibition will allow the industry to present its related products and services (on a cost-free basis). If your organisation desires to participate, please indicate this in the registration form and we will contact you. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Cost: Free of charge
Address: Rue de la Fusée 96
City: 1130 Brussels
09:30 - 10:00
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:30
Welcome and Introduction
10:30 - 11:30
SESSION 1: Upstream - Existing and upcoming aerial observation systems
Moderator: Andreas Veispak (European Commission, DG GROW)
11:30 - 12:15
Drone demo and group photo
12:15 - 13:30
SESSION 2: Downstream - Existing use of aerial observations applications
Moderator: Peter Spruyt (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:45
SESSION 3: Operational and legal framework
Moderator: Nathalie Le Cam (European Commission, DG GROW)
15:45 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:15
SESSION 4: The way forward - Future user needs and requirements
Moderator: Dinka Dinkova (European Commission, DG GROW)
17:15 - 17:30
Wrap up and conclusions
The workshop venue is located on the outskirts of Brussels.
When arriving by car, please send your license plate number to the organising team prior to the event, as access to the venue site is restricted. The Eurocontrol premises are located near the Brussels Zaventem airport, with easy access from most Belgian highways. You can access the map and directions for the workshop venue here.
When arriving by public transport, please be aware that it takes around 30 minutes to get there from central Brussels.
These public transport connections will take you to the workshop venue (Haren):
Copernicus Support Office
Email: dekeyser [at] spacetecpartners.eu