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Analizador de telemetría ultra rápido para observación de la Tierra

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOHR20170103002
Publicado:
25/01/2017
Caducidad:
25/01/2018
Resumen:
Una pyme con oficinas en Zagreb ofrece soluciones de software a medida y soporte de software para la industria de satélites. La empresa ha desarrollado un sistema de adquisición de datos por satélite para misiones de observación de la Tierra. El producto utiliza tecnologías de software en vez de soluciones costosas de hardware y es más flexible y con un precio más asequible. El software es compatible con el estándar del CCSDS (Comité Consultivo para Sistemas de Datos Espaciales) y el satélite Sentinel del programa Copérnico. Se trata de una solución flexible, adaptable, rentable y de rápido desarrollo e implementación sencilla. La empresa busca socios industriales para continuar con el desarrollo y establecer acuerdos de joint venture, financiación o cooperación técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Ultra-fast Earth observation telemetry analyser
Summary:
An SME with offices in Zagreb %26 Luxembourg offers tailor-made software solutions and all round software support for the satellite industry. The offered product is a software satellite data acquisition system for Earth observation missions. The product levers software technologies instead of expensive hardware solutions, being more flexible and price attractive.Industry partners for feedback and further development are sought for joint venture, financial or technical cooperation agreement.
Description:
The Croatian company has provided number of satellite and ground, multimedia and mobile solutions to the key players in the industry:
- space associations (e.g. ESA - European Space Agency, DLR - German Aerospace Center, UN - United Nations)
- satellite operators (SES - European Satellite Society)
- VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) vendors (iDirect, Newtec, NDSatCom)
- teleports (RSS - Redu Space Services)

A significant number of satellites are launched to observe the Earth´s surface. They record large amounts of imagery and it needs to get to the ground in order to be useful. An analogue satellite´s signal is received on the antenna, converted to a digital signal and demodulated. Until it is persisted to a file in appropriate form, the digital signal is a subject to a series of operations like frame synchronization, various parsing operations, packet assembly, error detection and correction methods and others specialized data acquisition operations.
This solution is a software-powered satellite data acquisition system, supporting data acquisition process from demodulation to persistence to files at processing rate ranging from 0.5 to 3 Gbps.
The software is compatible with CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems) standard and Copernicus´ Sentinel programs. Support for additional missions is on the roadmap.

The software system can be applicable in three distinct scenarios, as follows:

1. Thick hardware
The satellite ground station is built around one of the current mainstream hardware demodulators. Their prices often surpass 100,000 Euros, and may be licensed "per module". In this scenario, some of the modules can be replaced by this software, so that the software simply reads partially processed input produced by demodulator, performs required downstream data and produces expected higher value output.
Partners which already have operational satellite systems can introduce this solution to improve data acquisition performance.

2. Thin hardware
The satellite ground station is built around an SDR (Software Defined Radio) and our product.
This is where this solution stands out: users get the full flexibility of a software-powered solution at a fraction of the price they currently pay.

3. Manual processing
Aside from real-time data acquisition, the system can provide ad hoc data management and analysis capabilities during ground station verification and validation, satellite construction or if transmission issues appear during operations. The tool works on- or off-site, on a server or a laptop. The system allows operators to query, filter, convert and analyse data once it is acquired, making data management much easier. Ground station operators can identify files in large archive directory somewhere, find the interesting part of the data stream, focus on problematic areas, generate detailed reports about the stream, display raw contents for extreme low-level analysis and other.

This product is developed from the expertise of its engineers acquired while:
- working on projects in the field of acquisition of Earth observation satellite data, including data transfer, processing, error management and detailed reporting
- developing platforms for monitoring and controlling earth station equipment, including instruments used for satellite data acquisition.

They are looking for a strategic partner to test, evaluate and integrate offered product in their own systems and products. They are looking for a partner from space field as Earth observation satellite operators, remote sensing data providers, GIS (Geoinformation System) providers, satellite modem manufacturers, software developers, satellite ground station segment construction and maintenance, space and meteorological observations to sign joint venture agreement, financial agreement or technical cooperation agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The solution is:

Software based - flexible and adaptable, cost-e¿ective, rapid development, quick and easy deployment.

High performance - 0.5-3 Gbps data processing rate, any amount of data, low-latency.

Cost-effective - radical cost reductions.
Commodity hardware used to run this product (an x86-based machine): 1,000-5,000 Euro
+ SDR radio: 1,000-10,000 Euro
+ Software licences for the product
= Final price of the system, several times lower than the price for the basic hardware equipment for the satellite telemetry acquisition currently available on the market.

Robust - almost no custom hardware to fail, affordable replacement hardware, shorter outage: hours, not weeks.

Rich reporting - verbose processing metadata, overall statistics, graphical overview.

Automation and integration - fully functional command-line mode, Java API (Application Programming Interface).

Standards-based - CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems) standard, Reed-Solomon, CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check), XML (Extensible Markup Language).

It will help previously impossible low budget missions come to life and will make other missions easier to manage, more productive and signi¿cantly cheaper to set up. It is going to change the way satellite ground stations are built.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Copyright

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Potential partners could be industry (especially business) organizations, academy organizations, companies and enterprises, science and research organizations, associations and agencies looking for:
- Financial agreement
- Joint venture agreement
- Technical cooperation agreement

The expected area of activity of the partner is related to:
- Earth observation satellite operators
- Remote sensing data providers
- GIS (Geoinformation System) providers
- Satellite modem manufacturers
- Software developers
- Satellite ground station segment construction and maintenance
- Space and meteorological observations

Task to be performed by the partner sought:
- Partner involvement in product development and testing
- Partner involvement in technology evaluation and product customization
- Partner feedback
- Adopting the offered product in their own systems and products, among others.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
Croatian
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01003006 Computer Software
01003008 Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
01003012 Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition
01006009 Procesado de señales
01006008 Satellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS