COSMO-SkyMed is a dual-use program for both civilian and defense provides user community (institutional and commercial) with SAR data in several environmental applications. In the context of COSMO-SkyMed data and User management, one of the aspects carefully monitored is the user satisfaction level, it is links to satisfaction of submitted user requests. The operational experience of the first years of operational phase, and the consequent lessons learnt by the COSMO-SkyMed data and user management, have demonstrated that a lot of acquisition rejections are due to conflicts (time conflicts or system conflicts) among two or more civilian user requests, and they can be managed and solved implementing an improved coordination of users and their requests on a daily basis. With this aim a new Service Support Tool (SST) has been designed and developed to support the operators in the User Request coordination. The Tool allow to analyze conflicts among Acquisition Requests (ARs) before the National Rankization phase and to elaborate proposals for conflict resolution. In this paper the most common causes of the occurred rejections will be showed, for example as the impossibility to aggregate different orders, and the SST functionalities will be described, in particular how it works to remove or minimize the conflicts among different orders.
COSMO-SkyMed (CSK), is an Earth Observation joint program between Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italian Space Agency, ASI) and Italian Ministry of Defense (It-MoD). It consists of a constellation of four X Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) whose first satellite of has been launched on June 2007. Today the full constellation is fully qualified and is in an operative phase. The COSMO-SkyMed System includes 3 Segments: the Space Segment, the Ground Segment and the Integrated Logistic Support and Operations Segment (ILS and OPS) As part of a more complex re-engineering process aimed to improve the expected constellation lifetime, to fully exploit several system capabilities, to manage the obsolescence, to reduce the maintenance costs and to exploit the entire constellation capability for Civilian users a series of activities have been performed. In the next months these activities are planned to be completed and start to be operational so that it will be possible the programming, planning, acquisition, raw processing and archiving of all the images that the constellation can acquire.
The frequency and impact of natural disasters worldwide is constantly highlighting the need for quick and appropriate
decisions from civil protection, always supported by the increasing availability of higher resolution, better accuracy,
better revisit and response time data. With COSMO-SkyMed Italy has offered, and still offers today, an efficient
response to actual needs of environment management during a high number of real emergency events, such as
earthquakes. COSMO-SkyMed (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin observation) is the largest
investment of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for Earth Observation (EO), completely commissioned and funded by the
Italian Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Defense. It is a Dual-Use (Civilian and Defense) system aimed at
establishing a global service supplying provision of data and services relevant to a wide range of applications, such as
Risk and Emergency Management. The COSMO-SkyMed constellation is providing a significant contribution to
Emergency Management providing timely and accurate radar images used in a wide variety of applications such as
earthquake damage assessment. In this paper the analysis related to the application of COSMO-SkyMed data supporting
emergency response operations in case of earthquakes as well as the description of some real use cases occurred in the
last years will be presented.