The mission of the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is to support the decision-making of the European Union by providing analysis of satellite imagery and collateral data. It is an Agency of the Council of the European Union. It is one of the key institutions for the European Union’s Security and Defence Policy, and the only one in the field of space.

The EUSC is member of the OGC Technical Committee and co-chairs, with NGA (U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), the Defense & Intelligence Working Group. The EUSC Reference Facility (EUSC-RF) will be open and standards-based for data and tools using ISO, OGC, and other standards, including security standards and practices. It will use standards-based commercial off-the-shelf software (SCOTS) wherever feasible.