Space Data Helping Earth Adapt to Challenges of Climate Change

Satellite image showing London land surface temperature. (Credit: NCEO and University of Leicester)

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — Satellite data will be used to monitor and map heat in locations at greatest risk from climate change in one of two new projects being backed by the UK Space Agency.

Satellite data will be used to monitor and map heat in locations at greatest risk from climate change in one of two new projects being backed by the UK Space Agency.

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SSTL Secures ESA InCubed Funding to Improve Data Throughput for Small EO Satellites

GUILDFORD, UK (Surrey Satellite PR) — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has secured European Space Agency InCubed programme financial and technical support to demonstrate a high throughput, flexible and intelligent payload downlink chain for small Earth Observation satellites. Currently advanced and innovative satellite imaging payloads are producing data with ever increasing dimensionality, volume and rates which can exceed small satellite’s downlink bandwidth.

To tackle the onboard data bottleneck SSTL is leading a consortium that includes the University of Surrey and Craft Prospect Limited to develop and demonstrate new capabilities for SSTL’s Flexible & Intelligent Payload Chain (FIPC) solution. The FIPC’s advanced hardware architecture enables a new intelligent and adaptive data downlink and a state-of-the-art framework for software defined onboard data processing to realise a payload chain capable of handling the throughput rates of future small Earth Observation satellites. The framework enables processing applications which include data calibration and image compression to Machine Learning (ML) for image classification and information extraction towards greater satellite autonomy. 

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ESA to Host New Climate Modeling Hub in the UK

European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — A new international project office that will support climate modelling activities and help to boost global understanding of the changing environment is to be hosted by ESA.

Due to open this autumn, the office will be based at the agency’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in the UK, which already hosts ESA’s Climate Office.

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