Skip to content

VEGA wins three-year contract with French National Space Agency to develop Venµs project

VEGA Technologies SAS (VEGA), the specialist Professional Services Company, has teamed up with Atos Origin to secure a three-year contract from the French National Space Agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

The contract involves the design and development of the system for the exploitation of the Venµs satellite images. It includes two years developing the Venµs Image Processing (VIP) unit and one year warranty, with the option for a further three years maintenance work. The project team consists of VEGA as prime contractor, Atos Origin as co-prime, and Advanced Computer Systems (ACS), an Italian company specialising in Earth Observation (EO) technologies, as sub-contractor.

Venµs is a Franco-Israeli scientific demonstrator for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), which is dedicated to the vegetation survey of a minimum of 50 scientific sites.

Under the terms of the contract, VEGA will have the following responsibilities: managing the VIP development, which is part of the Venµs image ground segment; managing the specification, design, development and validation of the image processing chain; develop the Venµs programming; the overall assembly, integration and validation. In total, nine VEGA staff will be involved on the project, headed by Project Manager Christelle Barbey, along with at least three staff from Atos Origin and eight from ACS.

John Auburn, Business Development Director for Aerospace, said: “Winning this work is another significant step forward for VEGA in France, and is a milestone programme for VEGA Technologies SAS under the new leadership of Michel Austruy, who is leading a strong team to develop our footprint in the French market.”

For further information and images, please contact Karen Rogers.