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Spacemetric:Next-generation near real-time satellite delivery

The NGI project for the European Space Agency kicked off recently with the aim to demonstrate next-generation, near real-time satellite imagery delivery services. The target is to provide rapidly access to GIS-ready imagery within 10 minutes of transmission to ground.

Leading the NGI project, Spacemetric is coordinating an experienced team from Sweden and the UK that will develop and demonstrate the new technologies during the 18-month project. Partners SSC and Metria bring a wealth of experience from ground station operations and satellite image value-adding respectively. At the same time, Magellium Ltd brings in-depth experience from satellite mapping systems developed by its parent for French Government agencies. The project is financed within ESA’s GSTP programme and is expected to provide service solutions of high interest in a range of application areas including rapid mapping and media.

Use of open service standards, such as OGC, is an important element of the project strategy along with the use of Spacemetric’s Keystone Image Management System as a COTS to jump-start the technical development work.