We Provide Advice in Three Core Areas

  • How – How to use satellite technology
  • What– What satellites and systems to use
  • Build–  Designing and deploying satellites and satellite solutions

How to use Satellite Technology

Satellite technology can be used to help in a wide variety of areas from reducing climate change and protecting wildlife to improving trading decisions, decreasing procurement costs, and supporting farmers.

Often people will not have considered satellite technology for their industry or, if they have, will not know where to start.

We can advise on if satellite technology can be used for your business and, if so, how and what are the real-world benefits.

Data v Decision Making

Satellites will produce very high volumes of data, thousands of terabytes of data are available every day and this, by itself, is not useful. Understanding how to extract this data, link this into other data sources and drive information to make decisions is a core focus for HSAT.

We can advise on how to extract the data, what data sources to link to and how to drive effective decisions.

What satellites and systems to use

In 1957 there was just one satellite in space, in 1997 there was less than 200 in space, there now over 2,000 satellites in orbit, soon there will be 1,000 new satellites a year will be launched.

Satellites offer a huge range of capabilities including:

  • Optics
    • These are the most commonly understand satellites, providing imagery of our world.
    • The scale and quality of these images can vary from picturing entire rain forests to spotting a single horse in a wood.
    • Hyperspectral imaging revealing detail not perceptible to the human eye.
    • Multispectral imaging focusing on wavelengths responsive to features such as chlorophyll.
    • Atmospheric sounding to detect gas composition and pollutants at various altitudes and locations.
  • Radar
    • Synthetic Aperture Radar [SAR] having the capability to see in complete darkness and through cloud cover.
    • Ranging from high contrast images on land areas to high-resolution systems with frequent revisits allowing the classification and tracking of ships.
  • Broadband radio frequency sampling
    • Detect RF transmissions in remote locations.

In addition what the satellites can measure it’s important to understand the quality and frequency of measurements.  For example, some satellites can provide data once every 12 days, while others provide updates every 2 hours. The quality of imagery and remote sensing also varies from resolutions of 0.3 meters to more than 30 meters.

With thousands of satellites available knowing how to select the right data source is critical to the success of a project.

HSAT can support in the selection of the best satellite system for your requirements.

Designing and deploying satellites

HSAT is experienced in providing advice and support in all phases of satellite development ranging from;

  • Early CONOPS and trade-off on sensor arrays and bus/platform design.
  • Preliminary and detailed design in the framework of large ESA scientific programmes, commercial programmes, as well as simplified small satellite (‘New space’) programmes.
  • Test and qualification on-ground and in-orbit.