Strengthening a watchful eye over the Northern Gulf
(9 August 2010). The monitoring of environments in the Northern Gulf of Mexico has been strengthened during the summer by the deployment of a Keystone system at the Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) of Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. This Keystone installation provides an image cataloguing and processing capability for satellite imagery from the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) that will be received directly at the NASA Stennis Space Center.
The DMC satellites are well suited to regional monitoring applications offering wide-swath, medium-resolution imagery and regular repeat coverage. Direct reception services have been offered since the launch in 2009 of the UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1 missions and this capability is being exploited by the GRI together with other data sources such as NASA’s MODIS sensor. Spacemetric has supported the DMC satellites since 2004 and provides systems for DMCii, the UK-based coordinator of the DMC satellites, and several of the partner missions including Deimos-1 and the forthcoming Nigeriasat-2 satellite.
Adding UAV support for Swedish Defence Forces
(23 August 2010). Spacemetric has received an order from system integrator SAAB to add support for video imagery within the image management system developed for the JAS 39 Gripen multi-role combat aircraft in service with the Swedish Air Force.
The new contract supports the provision of functions for video imagery from the Shadow 200 tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This will extend the capabilities of the existing Sensor Source Intelligence Cell (SSIC) through the addition of a video server with real-time video review and map display, and video geometric enhancement. The SSIC’s image management solution is based upon Spacemetric’s Keystone system and provides an integrated multi-sensor environment for data from air and space assets.
The new UAV will be deployed in support of Sweden’s commitments to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. By building upon technology already delivered for Gripen, the image management system can be highly capable, while being provided to a short delivery schedule.
Smart ground station services previewed in Latin America
(8 October 2010). The Latin American Remote Sensing (LARS) conference in Santiago de Chile was the venue for a preview of smart ground station services offered in a cooperation between Spacemetric and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), operators of PrioraNet, the world’s largest commercial network of satellite ground stations.
The new service offers added value to users of satellite data reception services by providing rapid cataloguing and geo-enabled online access to the received data. This both decreases the time from satellite to desktop for monitoring applications and enables the interactive review of data for quality before committing processing resources or transfer bandwidth. Imagery is published securely via web services and notification services inform subscribers of new imagery over the “hotspots” they have defined. Geolocation tools can be used to match new imagery to existing data and products generated from single or multiple scenes.
Spacemetric’s Keystone Image Management System is used by several satellite operators as their core image cataloguing and product processing environment. By combining this technology with PrioraNet these capabilities will provide added value to a new group of customers.
Spacemetric was founded in 1999 to provide cost- effective systems that streamline the process between geospatial image acquisition and application. The company’s Keystone Image Management System embodies more than 20 years of experience in image processing system development and is used in a range of civilian and security applications. Spacemetric works closely with satellite operators, service providers and solution integrators to meet emerging needs relating to management of image assets.
Ian Spence, Sales & Marketing Director
Tel: +46 8 594 770 83, email: is@spacemetric com