Satellite data to help public sector overcome challenges

Science Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that government departments, emergency services and local authorities will gain free access to thousands of high-resolution satellite images of Britain.

The UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) will provide access to archives of images and radar data for research and development projects, benefitting the public sector in areas such as planning and development.

As such, the images will provide an unprecedented level of detail of major British cities, transport networks, national parks and energy infrastructure. With a vast amount of new images now available for free, there is significant potential for further innovations.

The data will be available for up to three years to explore what role high resolution satellite data could have in public sector delivery.

Gyimah said: “From monitoring plastic pollution to supporting the next generation of electric vehicles, satellite imaging is transforming our society from the skies. This is a great example of how our modern Industrial Strategy’s support for our thriving space sector is spurring innovation, driving growth and further strengthening public services.”