A series of European satellites have been orbiting above Australian skies to collect data on natural disasters.But while it's too late to help with the current drought, scientists are hopeful it can better equip authorities in the future.
From Europe, the reality of Australia's drought is beyond the horizon.
But in recent years it's started to appear in sight through a series of seven satellites known as the Copernicus System.
The European Commission's Deputy Director-General Patrick Child is in Australia to spruik the technology.
He says the European Union system has proven timely for communities around Australia.
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