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Leonardo satellites offer Australia support during natural disasters

Liam Garman

Leonardo satellites provided information from their imaging and radar tracking to support Australia’s disaster relief efforts throughout the recent bushfires and flooding events, it was recently revealed.

Leonardo satellites offer Australia support during natural disasters
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Italian-based Leonardo supported Australia's disaster relief efforts during the recent floods and bushfires with space surveillance support from their electro-optical and radar tracking satellites, it was confirmed.

Following the widescale flooding throughout New South Wales, the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, in conjunction with the Italian Space Agency and Telespazio's joint venture e-GEOS, provided the Australian disaster relief mission with rapid satellite mapping through its Copernicus Rapid Emergency Mapping service. 

The Italian Space Agency’s radar constellation COSMO-SkyMed provided further support to the Australian disaster relief efforts by offering twice daily radar mapping to evaluate the impact of the floods. The COSMO-SkyMed constellation was also utilised throughout the bushfire period to observe the impact of the bushfires on Kangaroo Island.

Providing disaster relief support is a continued objective for Leonardo, having delivered hyperspectral detection equipment to the Italian Space Agency’s PRISMA satellite. The new imaging capabilities will detect changes by examining light wavelengths, thus determining areas at risk of natural disasters.

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