In London on Tuesday, the British National Space Centre (BNSC) formally became a Partner Agency of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) Consortium.
This means BNSC will participate in the Consortium’s adherence to the Charter by performing certain functions during an initial period of two years. BNSC has already provided Project Manager support to previous Charter activations in liaison with ESA, including during the 2003 Soufrière Hills volcanic eruption in Montserrat in 2003 and following the Bhuj earthquake in India in 2001.
The International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ is a joint initiative to put space technology at the service of rescue authorities in the event of major disasters. Each member agency has demonstrated its commitment for using space technology to serve humankind when it is most in need of assistance when disasters of both natural and human origin strike the world’s communities or wreak havoc on the environment. To date, the Charter has been activated more than 90 times.
Simonetta Cheli | alfa
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