Observing and analysing the Earth

Leonardo views space as a place to surpass limits, test increasingly advanced technologies and explore and seek solutions to improve everyone’s present and future.


Telespazio is one of the main global operators in supplying geospatial information services and applications. Through Telespazio and its subsidiary e-GEOS, Leonardo is active in the market of Earth observation and satellite data processing: from the acquisition and processing of satellite data to the development and sale of software and products.


The services are offered to institutions and companies involved in studying and checking the area, maritime surveillance, civil defence, prevention and management of natural events, and cartography and applications for agriculture.


Telespazio makes its know-how available to aid the most important international Earth observation programmes, including the European programme COPERNICUS and COSMO-SkyMed, a programme funded by the Italian Space Agency, the Ministry for the Defence and the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research.


The COSMO-SkyMed observation system is a constellation comprised of four radar satellites that can observe the Earth in all weather conditions, taking up to 450 shots of the Earth’s surface every day, equal to 1,800 radar images every 24 hours. e-GEOS, a leading operator at global level, sells the COSMO-SkyMed data, offering a significant catalogue of applications integrated with added value services.


In the field of geoinformation, Telespazio can also provide GIS (Geographic Information System) solutions and applications for fleet control, monitoring hazardous sites and e-tourism services.


Dual-use applications of geoinformation


Many space services and applications aimed at security and defence are intrinsically dual, as, for example, they allow the monitoring of climatic phenomena and the effects they generated on infrastructures, in addition to surveillance of the infrastructures themselves and the area. They also ensure links for broadband communication and the development of innovative services based on positioning and navigation systems.


The dual-use prospect of systems is a dominant trend in the evolution of space services and applications, driven by the increasingly uncertain boundary between civil, defence and security domains, and which generate broadly common requisites, including in terms of land infrastructure.