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Cubesat challenge taking shape

(January 09, 2015 / Ian Spence). Spacemetric is taking part in a cubesat innovation study for the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of a consortium led by Innovative Solutions In Space (ISIS) of Delft, The Netherlands.

The study is funded by the SysNova programme and is investigating multi-platform constellation concepts for a high-revisit optical imaging satellite constellation for land applications.

The SysNova initiative is a space systems programme for exploratory studies that uses “technology challenges” and competitions that encourage joint efforts by both academic and industrial institutions. The programme is managed by the ESA technical facility ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Spacemetric’s specific responsibility in the project is the payload sensor image data processing and how effective and timely data access can be facilitated through innovations in data cataloguing, a service-based architecture and on-demand product processing. Another area of innovation is the potential to transfer some or all elements of this workflow to the increasingly capable onboard hardware and software environment.