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VEGA consortium wins €2.2M contract from ESA for ADM Aeolus space mission

VEGA Group PLC (VEGA), the independent Programme and System Assurance
company, and their partners A.C.S. S.p.A. have been awarded a contract
worth €2.2 million by the European Space Agency (ESA) to build and
deliver the Core Payload Data Segment for the ADM-Aeolus satellite.

ADM-Aeolus is part of the ESA’s Living Planet Programme and its
objective is to observe global wind profiles and provide information to
improve weather forecasting. The Core Payload Data Segment is part of
the ground-based hardware and software systems that receive, archive
and manage earth observation data from the satellite.
As Prime Contractor, VEGA will be fully
responsible for the integration of the system and delivery to the
European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) based near Rome. ACS will
provide the core Aeolus Processing Facility (APF), based on their
generic PDS elements successfully used for the Cryosat and GOCE ground
segments. KSAT of Norway will be responsible for the ADM-Aeolus X-band
Acquisition Station and associated equipment, with which the core APF
will be integrated.
The ADM PDS is the first project to be
awarded to VEGA and ACS, following signature of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations in October 2005.
This MoU covers the further development
and distribution of a highly innovative solution for ground processing.
According to this MoU and based on their combined experience, a generic
Earth Observation data processing system has been designed and will be
promoted by both companies worldwide. This solution forms the basis for
the ADM-Aeolus Core Ground Segment and is highly configurable to
process data received from any sensing satellites.
VEGA Group is one of Europe’s leading
designers and developers of spacecraft ground segments and has worked
on every ESA Earth Observation mission for the past 25 years. The
company’s experience covers both the Flight Operations Segment and
Payload Data Segment. VEGA is also involved in a number of non-ESA
missions, including priming the consortium that provided the complete
ALOS ground segment to the European Space Agency. ALOS is a Japanese
satellite to be launched later this year.
also develops user support tools such as EOLI, for searching and
ordering EO images, and X-View, for visualizing and analyzing EO data.
The partnership with ACS considerably
strengthens and complements VEGA’s capability in the Payload Data
Segment. ACS has developed ground processing systems for various
satellites such as Landsat, SPOT, ERS, Envisat and, more recently, GOCE
and Cryosat.
ADM- Aeolus Artist´s view, © ESA
John Auburn,
Business Development Director, Space
Tel: +44 (0)1707 391999
Karen Rogers,
Marketing Manager, Space
Tel: +44 (0)1329 223838
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