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Astrosat wins ESA contract and is developing a RAPID disaster recovery tool for developing nations

Scottish space science and management company, Astrosat, has won a European Space Agency (ESA) contract to develop its ThermCERT application, a thermal and carbon efficiency reporting tool which uses space-derived data to enhance situational awareness and potentially reduce the cost of surveying to local authorities.

ThermCERT supports local authorities in monitoring and reducing thermal waste, particularly over large areas or in sizeable buildings, which is vital to lowering global carbon emissions. It provides a suite of tools for targeting, measuring, reporting on, verifying, communicating and promoting thermal efficiency investments.

Under the ESA contract, Astrosat will partner with location-based services company, Dynamically Loaded, the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, and the National Space Centre Ireland to look for ways to improve urban energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Astrosat’s CEO and founder Steve Lee said: “We are very pleased to be working in collaboration with the European Space Agency and our partners in this new contract. It is our aim to continue to play a key role at the forefront of the commercialisation of the space sector.”

The Edinburgh-based company, which is now firmly established among the leading UK contenders in the commercialisation of the space sector, is also developing a digital mapping system called Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID) whose aim is to provide invaluable information in disaster situations in countries across the world.

RAPID is designed to provide data layers to evaluate the likes of the aftermath of storms, landslides and coastal erosion. Nation states and their regions, typically in the developing world, can be empowered to “plug the gaps” in their economies by using RAPID to facilitate the monitoring of critical infrastructure such as ports, airports and rail networks to ensure their country remains open, operational and efficient by sourcing satellite data.

It also could provide large cost savings through greater resilience and recovery from disaster, as well as protecting and saving innumerable lives.

RAPID is a technology solution designed to aggregate, manage, analyse and share critical infrastructure data. In addition it provides developing nations with powerful visualisation tools that turn raw data into actionable intelligence.

Astrosat’s RAPID digital maps will allow users to interact and gain near real time data. These provide an overview for clients by taking raw satellite data and translating it into a form that can be accessed and understood by non-technical personnel.

Steve Lee said: “Providing the right data at the right time to the right people can save lives and help preserve a country’s critical infrastructure. RAPID allows smart decisions to be made based on good data by rescue teams in the field both in preparation for, during and after major events.”

Land surface temperature estimation of Riga in Latvia

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