The Space Centre is located next to the Space Geodesy Centre of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), which opened in 1983. Together, the two centres constitute the space hub of Basilicata, dedicated to Earth Observation and Space Geodesy.
From the Matera Space Centre, which in 2009 became a part of e-GEOS - a joint venture between Telespazio (80%) and ASI (20%) – are operated the antennae and technologically advanced infrastructures necessary for the acquisition, processing, storage and distribution of data collected through remote sensing using the main Earth Observation satellites.
From here is also managed the production of geo information images and products used for services in near-real-time for maritime observation and emergency management. In particular, at the Matera Space Centre, e-GEOS is focused on the activities related to the development of services based on the data from the Italian radar satellite constellation COSMO-SkyMed, financed by ASI, MIUR and the Italian Ministry of Defence.
The Space Centre, in fact, is the main hub of the civil infrastructure of the programme and has been guaranteeing, from the launch of the first satellite in 2007, operative and maintenance services.
Since 2012 the Matera Space Centre of e-GEOS has been one of the three stations of the Core Ground Segment of the ESA for the reception and elaboration in near-real-time of radar and optical data acquired from the Sentinel satellites, as part of the European Earth Observation programme, Copernicus.
The main activities conducted at the Matera Space Centre are Earth Observation and Space Geodesy.