As a global actor, Europe has a responsibility to promote stable conditions for human and economic development, human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms. In this context, a key objective of the EU is to assist third countries in crisis situations or emerging crisis, and to prevent global and transregional threats leading to destabilisation, such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
G-NEXT aims to support the transition of the Copernicus services for Security applications from research and development and pre-operational service provision to a fully operational mode.
In particular, G-NEXT will supply information and intelligence data to support the operations of the European External Action Service (EEAS), including mapping and geoinformation products ready for use in emergency and crisis situations. Users should be able to integrate the services provided by G-NEXT into their working environments in an effective and reliable manner.
G-SEXTANT aims to develop a portfolio of Earth Observation (EO) products and services to support the geo-spatial information needs of EU External Action users and stakeholders, such as the European External Action Service. G-SEXTANT enhances existing services through continued R&D and on the basis of user needs identified during the course of the project.
G-SEXTANT addresses the following scenarios: Humanitarian Crisis; Natural Resources; Land Conflict Situation Awareness; Nuclear Sites and Activities; Illicit crops; Border Surveillance.
The coordinators of G-NEXT and G-SEXTANT have been invited by the European Commission to present the results and state of play of the two projects at the 2014 International Space Research Conference. The presentation will be delivered during the Technical Session on 'Space-based applications – Earth Observation'. The event will take place on the 15th and 16th of September 2014 in Rome, Italy.
From the 9th to the 13th of September, with the fourth edition of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet symposium being held, the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, became the centre of Earth Observation (EO) science.
As of the 15th of July 2013, the G-NEXT project started delivering services in pre-operational mode and is ready to accept requests from users.
The service provision includes both rush and non-rush modes and will last until December 2014.
The G-NEXT and G-SEXTANT projects formally started on the 1st of January 2013. The beginning of the projects was marked by a joint kick-off meeting with both the two projects consortia and the Research Executive Agency's Project Officer in Brussels, Belgium.