Elecnor Deimos coordinates EO-Alert: Next Generation Satellite Processing Chain for Rapid Civil Alerts

24th Apr 2020
Elecnor Deimos coordinates EO-Alert: Next Generation Satellite Processing Chain for Rapid Civil Alerts

Over the past 50 years, space and satellite industries have fine-tuned remote Earth Observation and have been successfully using obtained data in a variety of areas. Civil Security is one of them. Many modern companies pay great attention to this particular sector of space research, and Spanish technology giant Elecnor Deimos is no exception.

The EO Alert project, with Elecnor Deimos as one of the participants, was launched in January 2018 as part of the Horizon 2020 European Development Program. Its goal is the creation of a satellite network for quick emergency alerts. The consortium, aside from Elecnor Deimos, includes DLR, Technische Universität Graz, Politecnico di Torino, OHB Italia, and the Meteorological Agency of Spain.

What is EO-Alert?

EO Alert is an innovative satellite alert system with minimal latency and high availability. Its implementation should increase the availability of geodata for new applications and facilitate their use in everyday life.

With an ever-increasing number of satellites in orbit, the geodata market is also growing. The amount of raw data generated by satellites has increased, just like the demand for products that would process this data. 

EO Alert offers a radically new approach to the construction of flight architecture, which allows engineers to transfer part of the ground equipment to the satellite.

This project involves the development of innovative solutions in such tech fields as:

  • airborne reconfigurable data processing,
  • generation and processing of onboard images,
  • high-speed avionics,
  • airborne data compression and reconfigurable communication channels with high-speed data transfer.

The new security level

EO Alert ensures high-speed, simplified data generation, processing, and transmission that would be convenient for the end-user. As a result, the warning system will be highly responsive to natural and technological disasters, as well as other situations that pose a threat to the civilian population. This, in turn, will save both precious time in a dangerous situation and millions of dollars for fighting the consequences of a given disaster.

As a leading developer of satellite monitoring systems and GPS, Elecnor Deimos has all the necessary technological and organizational basis for the creation of EO Alert. Project implementation should take three years. According to annual reports on the project website, the first and second stages have been successfully completed and approved by the Research Executive Agency (REA), and Elecnor Deimos played a major part in the success of this milestone. 

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