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  1. Could you tell us a bit about the EUSPA?;  how the agency started, its mission and role in the Galileo programme, some examples of actions that have been taken and some success stories?

Space services have had an impact on economy and society since quite some time across a broad spectrum of industries from aviation and agriculture to maritime and surveying just to name a few. With this in mind, the Commission and the co-legislators (Council and European Parliament) decided to bring the EU space assets under one roof with the creation of the first ever integrated EU Space Programme and the establishment of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). EUSPA will become a pillar for Space Programme ensuring the implementation of the EU Space regulation to the fullest. This new agency has increased responsibilities in terms of the Galileo and EGNOS services but also undertakes tasks related to the promotion and commercialisation of the Copernicus data. EUSPA is also coordinating the development of GOVSATCOM, the EU’s secure telecommunications system for governmental users.

Since its inception, the Agency had been engaging with the EU space user community, designing, developing and implementing services that best meet their needs.

To stimulate space innovation in Europe and advance the market uptake of EGNSS we have been transmitting GNSS expertise and market development knowhow, leveraging grants, innovation competitions and R&D schemes to those wishing to make use of EU Space.

We have managed to create a blossoming ecosystem of SMEs, start-ups and academia using European Space technologies. Currently, thanks to our #MyGalileo series competitions, we have mobilized a network of 1000 start-ups, private inventors from all over Europe. This pushed the bar of innovation higher and yielded applications ranging from drone medical deliveries to beekeeping solutions and precision farming projects.

These competitions are part of our adoption strategy for Galileo and EGNOS.

Today, this led to some impressive results. Just to name you few:

  • currently more than 2 billion smartphones are using Galileo,
  • more than 3 million trucks use Galileo and EGNOS in Europe,
  • 15 million cars use EGNSS worldwide and 9 million of those cars are in Europe,
  • Already more than 100 car models on the market are fitted with Galileo and EGNOS solutions, which represents 29 car brands in total.
  • 30% of drones use Galileo
  • 30% of Maritime receivers are Galileo-enabled

Innovation and the support for entrepreneurship is at the heart of our strategy and we are planning to continue to support it for Copernicus downstream development.

  1. The EUSPA has been asked to take on an expanded role to help develop the uptake of Copernicus. How would you describe this new mission?

We’re very excited to have Copernicus onboard for this new EU Space journey. Copernicus is the world’s most advanced Earth Observation system offering a dearth of value-adding services to a growing group of users around the world. EUSPA is in charge of developing downstream commercial applications and markets for Copernicus, fostering innovation, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. We are already working together with the Entrusted Entities of Copernicus to ensure that all the markets are reached and that commercialization of Copernicus data are bringing added value for European companies and ultimately the citizens.

  1. How does this mission benefit from the existing role in Galileo? How do you see the similarities, synergies and areas of distinction between your ongoing role for Galileo and the new role for Copernicus?

It is within EUSPA’s scope to forge synergies between the EU Space Programme components and therefore Copernicus. The synergies between EO services and GNSS services will help us develop a range of solutions for various business sectors but most importantly they allow us to respond to societal challenges such as preserving our ecosystem. Let’s look at maritime protection for example. Oceans produce over 50% of the oxygen we breathe and regulate the climate. They are vital for human and animal life which is why they require constant monitoring and protection. And that’s where the synergies of Copernicus and Galileo are essential. The high positioning accuracy offered by Galileo when combined with high-resolution imagery coming from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites can allow authorities to identify and reach an incident site easily such as an oil spill and thus, mitigate its negative impacts. Likewise, we can fight illegal fisheries. I see these synergies as a way to democratize the services from space and also to drive progress in EU space. There is a lot of potential to be explored.

  1. How does this mission relate to the European Commission DG DEFIS? Can you describe the governance of the agency and especially in relation to Copernicus?

Working together with the European Commission and more specifically DG DEFIS as programme manager, ESA, the Entrusted entities of Copernicus and the Member States,  EUSPA will be supporting the implemention of the the EU Space Programme regulation to the fullest. While the Commission remains the project manager of the EO programme, EUSPA is here to support its tasks and make sure Copernicus market share is increased the coming years. 

  1. There is some confusion concerning a second space agency in Europe, how do you perceive your future relationship with the European Space Agency?

EUSPA is an operational user-oriented EU Agency contributing to sustainable growth, security and safety of the European Union. We are aiming at fostering the market uptake of the different space components (Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM) and is thus linking space to user needs.

EUSPA and ESA are complementary bodies with different responsibilities and different nature. EUSPA is an EU Agency although ESA is not an EU body but an intergovernmental body.

We will continue to work with our partner ESA because they are an essential partner to implement the EUSP.

  1. The political decision has only just been taken, how have you been preparing the agency for this new role?

Indeed, the political decision was made official only weeks ago by the European Parliament. Knowing earlier on -from December’s political agreement- that this is the direction we are heading to, we had started devising our new EUSPA strategy at many levels to ensure a smooth transition to our new responsibilities. I am proud that our teams at the Prague HQ but also in, Paris (Galileo Security Monitoring Centre, GSMC), Madrid (GSMC, European GNSS Service Centre, GSC), Toulouse (EGNOS) and Noordwijk (Galileo Reference Centre) helped rollout a new agency in a tight deadline. It’s a result of great teamwork and contributions from all EUSPA departments.

  1. What will be the main elements of the programme which you will put in place?

Our role regarding Copernicus is to promote and ensure the commercial market uptake of Copernicus data.

Under the new Space Regulation, however, EUSPA’s mandate will now include:

  • increased responsibilities in Galileo and EGNOS, including enhanced management responsibilities for the operations and service provision;
  • the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme, the operation of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre, together with operational security;
  • the coordination of the user-related aspects of European Union Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM), in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities;
  • the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo and EGNOS, and now including also Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe.

The European Commission (EC) may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

  1. In your opinion, what will be the best mechanism to build a strong partnership with the EO services industry and how can EARSC help? / At the end of the interview, here is the opportunity for your final thoughts and how your activities could contribute to the future development of the EO geo-information service sector?

Knowledge and information about the EU Space Programme and the possibilities it offers are key to further reinforcing the EO downstream sector in Europe. As the agency’s scope has been enlarged, we will be looking forward to introduce ourselves to the EO industry and communities by participating in industry-relevant events as well as promoting EUSPA’s contribution to the commercialization of Copernicus through various online and offline channels. Already last year, during EU Space Week, we hosted a great number of EO companies in our virtual exhibition. I look forward to seeing these integration actions for EU Space grow.  

What’s more, to stimulate the market update of Copernicus, we will be establishing partnerships and continue initiatives like hackathons and innovations competitions. I am sure EARSC, as representative for remote sensing companies will give us great support in our new ventures.

Lastly, I would like to highlight the fact that the EU Space Programme was conceived with the core aim of benefitting the lives of Europeans. I understand that the knowhow of EO and GNSS is not equally spread across the Union members. This is one of the challenges we will overcome the coming years and we have the tools and talents to do so. By working closely with all the EU Member States, EUSPA will give SMEs, start-ups, innovators the means to make their first venture into the world of EO or satellite navigation.

Thank you for your contribution to the Interview and for sharing your thoughts and comments with the EOmag readers.

Aerospacelab

  1. Tell us a bit more about your Company

Aerospacelab was founded in late 2017 near Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium by Benoit Deper and recruited its first employees in 2018.

From the very beginning, Aerospacelab has set itself the goal of becoming the European leader in actionable intelligence based on satellite data and other sources. Seizing the market opportunity offering lower costs in satellite manufacture, launch and data storage with larger server capacity for data, Aerospacelab based its business model on a fully vertically integrated intelligence solutions. Its overall mission is to enhance efficiency across markets by making geospatial intelligence both actionable and affordable.

To match its ambition, the company now employs around 70 people from 17 different nationalities with a distinct focus on the future through our many young employees.

  • What makes your services and products unique?

Aerospacelab follows a vertically integrated strategy, developing expertise both in upstream and downstream. We design and manufacture standardized microsatellites with flexible payload, operate constellations of satellites to generate data, and develop processing toolchains to extract and deliver actionable insights to end-users across various sectors.

We are also unique in the way that all of our services are designed to leverage data fusion and synergies between constellations. One example of this would be our ability to detect an event and task our satellites to zoom in on it with various instruments collecting different types of data. Our rationale is that we don’t base our solutions on just one type of data but we plan on combining the different sources. It would be like piecing a puzzle together : only once complete, can we fully understand the whole picture. 

  • What are your future plans for the company?

We have an exciting milestone just ahead of us : We’re preparing for the launch of our very first satellite by the end of June ! Our Risk Reduction Flight (RRF) mission will aim at de-risking and testing the technologies and operational processes developed in-house. We’re also making a bit of history with this satellite because it is the first 100% Belgian privately developed, funded and operated satellite that goes into orbit. And it’s going to be quite a show as it will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX’s Transporter-2 mission !

We have yet another thrilling launch coming up at a later date with our Proba-V Companion Cubesat (PVCC) in its production phase at ESA. Meanwhile, we’re also working on our satellite constellations and our Versatile Satellite Platform (VSP) production site in Louvain-La-Neuve scheduled to drastically ramp up production starting next year.

On the downstream side, we’re partnering up with a number of different private companies to develop solutions in the form of a tailored dashboard that equips them with actionable insights. We’re offering these solutions in a vast array of sectors such as economic intelligence, insurance, environmental monitoring, support to operations, ESG and defense.

We also have a few more very interesting projects up our sleeves for a not so distant future…

  • Sounds exciting ! Can we join you ?

Of course ! We’re scheduled to recruit at least twice as many people as we currently are in the next couple of years ! We’re looking for all kinds of profiles : from engineering (hardware/software) to business. Check out the different opportunities on our website : https://www.aerospacelab.be/join-our-team/ and don’t forget to follow us on our social media to witness our path to ever bigger things :

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/company/aerospacelab

Twitter : https://twitter.com/aerospacelab_be

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aerospacelab.be

Editorial by EARSC's Secretary General Emmanuel Pajot

2021 New horizons for the EO downstream sector!

After several quarters without any update, we are delighted to revive eoMAG, EARSC’s newsletter, to keep you updated on the EU EO downstream sector.

2021 first semester was marked by several moments which will drive the future of our dynamic sector. In March, Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation since 2016, was appointed ESA Director-General. The following month, the European Council adopted the European Space Programme 2021-2027 budget of 14,88 billion. In May, the European Commission created the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme “EUSPA”. EUSPA’s mandate includes increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS and is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS and the commercial users of Copernicus.  

EU companies will get access to a set of actions such as the European Commission’s new initiative Cassini to support innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the space industry (first information on EARSC Youtube channel – link) and Horizon Europe programme. With a total budget of 95.5 billion, Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research to tackle climate change, help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth. It includes an ambitious partnerships approach with industry in support of EU policy objectives. Many opportunities make references to Copernicus and EO at large.  First calls opened end of June. EARSC can play a role to support your consortium, helping you to find a partner.

In June, the EARSC annual event “ExpandEO” took place, attracting 830+ people. During 2 days and 13 sessions, attendees had the opportunity to interact with the 70 speakers, explore the 40 virtual stands, and network. This year, ExpandEO attendees could have a concrete impact on the DG RTD Strategic Roadmap design during the 1st Fire Forum, pinpointing opportunities for EO uptake in six sectors: agriculture, wind energy, infrastructure, marine, raw material and urban development. Explore the ExpandEO website to get access to videos and discover the winners of the awards.

As a termination of this editorial, I want to share with you two opportunities:

  • to develop your business in agriculture or maritime market in Chile or Australia: get support with the EARSC lead project ConnectEO:  Call for participation in trade mission (https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/TBYLK5N )
  • to be part of EUROGEO’s flagship project in developing new services in alignment with the three main priorities of GEO (the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework): The second e-shape onboarding call is open up to September 3 (https://e-shape.eu/index.php/on-boarding-call )

I wish you a lovely summer and see you in 3 months for the future eoMAG!

Every year, the innovation award is a highlight of the TechConnect event in Boston, USA. This year, the rasdaman datacube technology received the prestigious award from the industry prospectors looking for breakthrough technologies.

The TechConnect Innovation Awards identify the top 15% of submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee. Innovation rankings are based on the impact the submitted technology will have on a specific industry sector. Innovations are submitted globally, ranging from academia over government and corporate research laboratories to small and large industry.

The TechConnect Innovation Award, highlighting top industry vetted technologies, attests that rasdaman heralds a new generation of services on massive, distributed spatio-temporal data standing out through its flexibility, performance and scalability, security, and open standards.

"We are proud about this leadership acknowledgement expressed by TechConnect Boston", says Peter Baumann, Principal Architect of rasdaman and CEO. "The continuous line of innovation awards, such as the NITEC Innovation Award 2018, is a strong incentive for the team to maintain its strong pace of innovation."

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. TechConnect has published over 10,000 technical papers, connected over 20,000 innovations with industry partners, provided prospecting to most all Fortune 500 technology companies, and supported most every U.S. Science and Technology agency since its inception.

More information:

Description

jeobrowser is a consultancy and software development SME specializing in geographical information systems and Earth Observation field. It was founded in 2010 by Jérôme Gasperi and it is based in Toulouse, France.

For years jeobrowser has been developing cutting edge applications in the EO domain. It’s open source EO catalog and semantic search engine (resto) is at the core of several projects including the French Sentinel Data Processing Center (PEPS), the THEIA Land Data Center and the CREODIAS catalog. On the client side, the rocket web application won the 2016 “European EO product of the year” award from EARSC.

jeobrowser is involved in the development of the 2016 Copernicus Masters ESA App Challenge winner – SnapPlanet. SnapPlanet offers citizens and storytellers a new medium to educate and communicate about the social, economic and environmental issues that we face today on a global in a more impactful and trustworthy way by providing a social mobile app to easily access, process and share Earth Observation imagery.

Applications

iTag

Semantic enhancement of Earth Observation data

iTag is a web service for the semantic enhancement of Earth Observation products, i.e. the tagging of products with additional information about the covered area, regarding for example geology, water bodies, land use, population, countries, administrative units or names of major settlements.

resto

REST search engine for geOspatialized data

resto is a metadata catalogue and a search engine dedicated to geospatialized data.

Originally, it’s main purpose it to handle Earth Observation satellite imagery but it can be used to store any kind of metadata localized in time and space. resto search API is compliant with the CEOS OpenSearch Best Practice Document and is mentioned in ESA’s « Exploitation Platform Common Core Components » as the closest implementation of a catalogue component according to the requirements specified in ESA's Exploitation Platform Open Architecture.

resto have been used in several projects including:

• CREODIAS

• Rocket - The Earth in your pocket

• The French Sentinel Data Processing center, PEPS

• The French Space Agency, THEIA land data center

• The Polish EO Data finder

• Remote Sensor Technology Center of Japan, EPIC project

• Sentinel Australia Regional Access

• Sinergise sentinel-hub OpenSearch API

• ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform

• ESA's Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform

rocket

The Earth in your pocket

rocket is a Web application that provides a unique entry point to search, visualize and download Earth Observation products from various catalogs.

SnapPlanet
An app for everyone to create and share pictures of the Earth from Space
Download the app here.

« As the very first Earth observation social network, SnapPlanet brings EO data to the mass market in a fashionable and easy to use way. Amongst other benefits, the application provides its users the opportunity to explore, post, share and print the latest and best Sentinel-2 imagery. SnapPlanet combines the ever-increasing availability of Earth observation images with the advantages of a social network for everyone. »

Dr Thomas Beer
Copernicus Policy Coordinator
European Space Agency (ESA)

SnapPlanet is a social network with the aim to harness the use of Earth observation data to address individual, societal, environmental and economic needs through user- and community-oriented services. SnapPlanet is a mobile application in which users can choose a location around the world at a given time, “snap” it, and share the precise pictures of places taken from satellites with their followers. SnapPlanet provides this service for free, using Sentinel-2 imagery. The medium-term objective is to extend this service to include commercial sub metric imagery. Combined with high user demand and the increasing acquisition capabilities of satellites and drones, this will make selfies from space possible at the cost of a few euros. By providing citizens with access to EO images, SnapPlanet will be a catalyst of innovation and the creation of new EO databased services.

In April 2019 Wasat launched Jupyteo.com service: IDE environment, based on the popular Jupyter Notebooks technology, focused on processing of EO data in the cloud. Users gain access both to data sets and to functions useful for their processing, visualization and sharing. The main advantage that distinguishes this product from other tools is, apart from using ready-made algorithms, the ability to quickly and easily create users’ own algorithms or scripts. As a result, the data processing can be controlled strictly at every stage and in a formula adapted to any user needs. Although the basic programming language in Jupyteo is Python, it is possible to create code in other languages by launching additional engines offered by the integrated Jupyter Notebooks functionality. Jupyteo by default also offers the ability to create scripts in R, Scilab, Bash and indirectly - by launching the "magic cells" technology – it gives access to JavaScript programming capabilities.

Using the Jupyteo environment comes down to logging in to a Jupyteo account and automatically launching the web service. A user gains access to his own separate virtual environment based on Docker virtualization technology. There is a fully functional application at the user’s disposal along with the disk space for data storage. Work can be started by opening one of many provided scripts that are called notebooks in this system or by creating one’s own script from scratch. Regardless of the chosen programming language, an algorithm can be divided into parts called cells, each of which can be run separately. The created script source code contained in a single cell can be run online by issuing the "run cell" command or pressing the Ctrl-Enter combination. It is also possible to run all cells at once as the entire programme, depending on the user's preferences. The result of processing from each cell is visible directly below it and is presented in a text or graphic form, depending on what value is given as an output. The programme created this way can be saved as a script in a *.ipynb file, whose internal format is JSON. It will be saved to a user's account and can be launched at any time or downloaded to a home computer.

The map component is a feature that distinguishes Jupyteo and adapts it to the needs of community interested in processing EO data. The side panel on the right side of the screen is divided into tabs. One of them provides a map, which allows to search EO data and to automatically present the results of the processing. Its functionality has been taken from popular GIS systems. Thus, any result of the algorithm in a form of spatial data can be added to a map on an ongoing basis. These can be raster data formats like PNG, JPG, BMP, vector formats such as GeoJSON or services like TMS or WMS. A user has an option to create, launch and share his own WPS service that processes data and sends results to a specific location or to use the results of data processing services from other providers.

Another useful feature of Jupyteo is the ability to create code snippets that can be reused at any time after saving. A user can find a set of ready-made snippets in the "Snippets" tab on the side panel.

Jupyteo also provides the ability to search spatial data services by using functions placed in the side panel toolbar. After indicating the area and entering search parameters, a user will get a result in the form of ranges of found materials visualized as a graphic layer on the map. Each object representing the single range has attributes that allow to read metadata of the material and download or connect it to one’s own algorithm.

As already mentioned, a user of Jupyteo gets his own virtual environment, which gives the possibility of quite extensive interference and control over the installed software components. It is possible to switch to terminal view at any time, which gives direct access to the virtual system shell. One then can add or remove libraries on which Jupyteo is based and customize the system's functionality to suit user's needs. A user can also make other changes within the installed applications or additions of the system platform itself and configure it for strictly defined needs. Jupyteo has a built-in text editor through which a user can make changes to any file saved on his account. All files can be freely downloaded, placed on the server or shared with other users.

Jupyteo is intended for advanced users since, due to the programming-based approach, it offers immense opportunities to work with data, to process and modify it. Thanks to an access to the shell it is also highly flexible, allowing free configuration. Although it is an online tool placed in a virtual operating system and accessible via a web browser, working with it is similar to working with a desktop application.

If you want to use the service, please go to www.jupyteo.com and register using your Github account. As part of the Jupyteo offer, a user can get free trial access to a fully functional platform. In near future a paid version will be available allowing unlimited use of the Jupyteo environment.

TerraScan examines raw material deposits such as Lithium- and Kobalt for strategic analyses of offer and demand for the E-mobility Industry and next generation car battery developments. TerraScan applies its proprietary gScan Technology, a satellite pictures based analytic tool for global raw material sourcing. TerraScan's approach enables rapid, environmentally friendly and discrete exploration of new and existing deposits around the world without prior licensing in the context of geological exploration.

TerraScan could convince Volkswagen as one of the first industrial customers about its innovative technology. Volkswagen recognises the opportunity to localise quickly relevant raw material deposits such as Lithium and Kobald for e-mobility as a chance to secure its raw material demand in the long term.

The first exploration took place by processing very big territories down to 500 meters and beyond within a timeframe of only a few weeks. Details are not going to get disclosed.

The goal for Volkswagen is to secure the covering of its demand from sustainable sources at longterm projectable conditions. Volkswagen is therefore in close contact with all partners along its value chain. The analyses of barely tapped deposits is for Volkswagen an innovative addition to their current strategic activities.

"This project demonstrates our ability to provide investors and strategic decision makers with detailed knowledge, options and decision support for securing raw material sources quickly and early in the decision-making process, without having to undertake extensive on-site investigations." Jörg Enge, Managing Director and Founder, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH is a Berlin-based NewSpace service company that specializes in the efficient and sustainable discovery of mineral resources. The proprietary gScan process uses satellite images applying geological expertise, specially developed algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify all types of natural resources. It has been successfully applied to oil, gas, water, lithium, precious metals, and even water and geothermal energy sources. Detailed data is generated on location, depth, distribution and quantity both at sea and on land, even in the mountains. By nature, gScan is much faster and cheaper than conventional methods. In contrast to seismic, blast testing or drilling previously used, gScan is non-invasive, totally discreet and sustainable. It is also highly efficient to scan entire regions or countries for target resources.

There is a good overview on www.terra-scan.com including cases on https://terra-scan.de/projects

TerraScan/oh/ Berlin, Feb. 4. 2019

Rückfragen/ For questions please contact:

Oliver Haeggberg, Managing Director

oh@terra-scan.com

phone: +49-30-233 945 27 +49-170-45 42 586

TerraScan GmbH: Allee der Kosmonauten 32c, 12681 Berlin, (Germany) https://www.terra-scan.com

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Volkswagen nutzt Terra Scan zur Sicherung von Lithium und Kobalt

TerraScan untersucht Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium- und Kobalt für die strategische Angebots- und Nachfrage Analyse der E-Mobility Industrie für die Entwicklung der nächsten Generation von Autobatterien. Dafür nutzt TerraScan seine gScan Technologie zur Satellitenbilder gestützten Analyse weltweiter Rohstoff Beschaffung. TerraScan’s Ansatz ermöglicht die umweltfreundliche Untersuchung von neuen und bestehenden, globalen Lagerstätten ohne vorherige aufwendige Lizenzierungsprozesse im Rahmen einer geologischen Exploration.

Als einen der ersten Kunden konnte TerraScan Volkswagen von seiner innovativen Technologie überzeugen. Die Möglichkeit schnell relevante Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium und Kobalt für die E- Mobilität zu lokalisieren ist eine Chance für Volkswagen, seinen Rohstoffbedarf langfristig abzusichern.

Die erste Untersuchung erfolgte durch Verarbeitung sehr großer Territorien bis zu einer Tiefe von mehr als 500 Metern in einem Zeitfenster von wenigen Wochen. Details werden nicht veröffentlicht.

Volkswagens Ziel ist die sichere Deckung ihres Bedarfes aus nachhaltigen Quellen und zu langfristig planbaren Konditionen. Zu diesem Zweck steht Volkswagen im engen Austausch mit allen Partnern entlang ihrer Wertschöpfungsketten. Die Analyse bisher nicht erschlossener Vorkommen stellt für Volkswagen eine innovative Ergänzung ihrer aktuellen strategischen Aktivitäten dar.

„Dieses Projekt ist stellvertretend für unsere Fähigkeit, Investoren und strategischen Entscheidern Detailkenntnisse, Optionen und Entscheidungsgrundlagen für die Sicherung von Rohstoffquellen innerhalb nützlicher Frist und sehr früh in der Entscheidungsfindung zu beschaffen, ohne sogleich aufwendige Untersuchungen vor Ort durchführen zu müssen.“ Jörg Enge, Geschäftsführer und Gründer, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH ist ein Berliner New Space Dienstleistungs Unternehmen, das sich auf das effiziente und nachhaltige Auffinden von Bodenschätzen spezialisiert hat und verfügt über eine weltweit führende Technologie: Das proprietäre gScan-Verfahren identifiziert auf Grundlage von Satelliten- Bildern unter Verwendung von geologischem Fachwissen, speziell entwickelter Algorithmen und künstlicher Intelligenz Bodenschätze jeder Art. Es wurde bereits erfolgreich angewendet auf Öl, Gas, Wasser, Lithium, Edelmetalle uvm., sogar Wasser und Geo-Thermie. Es werden detaillierte Daten erzeugt über Ort, Tiefe, Verteilung und Menge sowohl auf See als auch auf Land, sogar im Gebirge. gScan ist naturgemäß sehr viel schneller und kostengünstiger als die konventionellen Verfahren. Im Gegensatz zur früher verwendeten Seismik, Sprengversuchen oder Bohrungen ist gScan nicht-invasiv, völlig diskret und nachhaltig. Auch ist es möglich hoch-effizient ganze Regionen oder Länder nach Bodenschätzen zu scannen.

Auf www.terra-scan.com gibt es einen guten Überblick und einige Fallstudien unter https://terra- scan.de/projects.

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Copernicus Sentinel 2 data is being used in the Maldives to improve the efficiency of dredging for sand so saving ship time on site and reducing negative environmental impacts derived from damage to endangered coral reefs. Maledives Brochure
Copernicus Sentinel 2 data is being used in the Maldives to improve the efficiency of dredging for sand so saving ship time on site and reducing negative environmental impacts derived from damage to endangered coral reefs. Maledives Brochure

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Datacubes are trending, and with the rasdaman datacube engine they can even be federated across data centers. Users benefit from location transparency and planetary-scale fusion services. Now public and private datacubes get federated – which, however, raises new technical challenges in terms of security and billing.

The BigDataCube project, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, aims at advancing the innovative datacube paradigm – i.e., analysis-ready spatio-temporal raster data – from scientific into commercial data centers. To this end rasdaman, “the worldwide leading” (ESA, 2017) datacube technology, is getting installed on the public Sentinel hub CODE-DE as well as in the commercial cloud environment of cloudeo AG. A specific new challenge on which BigDataCube focuses is versatile role-based access control on datacubes, configurable down to the level of single pixels.

Under the lead of Jacobs University the team of rasdaman GmbH (datacube backend), cloudeo AG (commercial geo cloud), and DLR (weather and ocean analytics tool) collaborate on these services. On CODE-DE, the datacube service is going to complement the batch-oriented, Hadoop-based service of CODE-DE with interactive spatio-temporal viewing, fusion, and analytics services on Sentinel satellite imagery, based on the open OGC standards.

At this stage, the cloudeo datacube and the DLR analytics tool on top of rasdaman are operational, and so is the precursor version of the CODE-DE datacube service. This precursor has been established while CODE-DE is preparing the infrastructure for the datacube engine. Based on sample Sentinel 1 and 2 timeseries it offers a broad set of access, formatting, filtering, processing, and general analytics functionality through a variety of common Web clients.

Read more: BigDataCube.org

Contact: Dr. Peter Baumann, baumann@rasdaman.com.