We provide advice in three core areas

  • How - to use satellite technology
  • Selection – what satellites and systems to use
  • Engineering - designing and deploying satellites

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 of, if they have, will not know where to start.

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

Data v Decision Making

Satellites will produce very high volumes of data, thousand 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.

Selection – what satellite 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 a day, other could provide updates every XX hours. The quality of imagery and remote sensing also varies from XXX to YYYY.

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

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

Engineering - designing and deploying satellites

HSAT are 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