Φ-week highlights

The week-long event on New Space and the future technologies and practices in satellite Earth observation has come to a close. Let’s take a look at some of the ɸ-week highlights.

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European Student Earth Orbiter

The European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) is an educational micro-satellite, which involved European university students during the whole project lifecycle. This 50-kilogram microsatellite is now ready and waiting for launch on 19 November aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher from California.
The student teams developed experiments on board ESEO include cameras for Earth imaging, a radiation dosimeter, a plasma detector, and demonstrators of technologies that can be used for future education satellite missions.

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European Student Earth Orbiter

The ESEO satellite will be set into space on board the Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express dedicated rideshare mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, (US), on 19 November 2018. ESEO will be a passenger together with about 70 other micro, nano, and pico satellites from several countries from all over the world.

ESEO is an ESA micro-satellite project with an educational objective: for the participating university students to acquire hands-on experience of a real space project, in order to prepare a well-qualified technical workforce for the European space sector. This was achieved by offering the student the opportunity to develop the payload (scientific instruments or technology demonstration experiments), key satellite subsystems and the ground segment (ground stations and Mission Control) to the mission, under the coordination of ESA and SITAEL, the Industrial Prime Contractor, responsible for the satellite platform, system integration and testing, and the technical coordination of the student teams.

Run by the ESA Education Office, ESEO is part of ESA Academy’s Hands-on Space Programme.

Ten Universities from eight ESA Member States (Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, UK) have participated in ESEO, with more than 600 university students involved in the project since its inception.

The ESEO mission will validate in-orbit the SITAEL S-50 platform (50kg including the payload), the smallest within the SITAEL products portfolio, and hence it represents a crucial milestone of the intensive hard work in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative multi-purpose small satellites platforms’

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Structuring ɸ

ESA’s Pierluigi Silvestrin, Head of ESA’s Earth Observation Future Systems Department, explains how they are structured to harness innovation to develop future systems. He also comments on the new opportunities that have been highlighted at the ɸ-week held this week in Italy.

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ɸ-week | Day 4

The main focus of day four at ESA’s ɸ-week was on the opportunities Earth observation can bring to business and the economy. Participants discussed how companies can use freely-available satellite data to create commercial products. To fully exploit the range of data available, new tools such as ‘data cubes’ are being developed. Carsten Brockmann from Brockmann Consult explains how they are harmonising different data, which makes it easier for scientists and application developers to work with data.

Being held on 12–16 November at our Earth observation centre in Frascati, Italy, ɸ-week brings together emerging space investors, tech leaders, start-ups and entrepreneurs with the space scientists and Earth observation researchers who are developing the potential space business ideas of tomorrow.

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Earth from space: Fogo, Cabo Verde

In this episode of #EarthfromSpace, the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Fogo in Cabo Verde, from the ESA Web TV studios.

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Talking small satellites

At ESA’s ɸ-week being held in Italy on 12–16 November, much of the focus has been on the future of Earth observation. As part of this discussion, Jaan Praks, from Aalto University Finland, explains the benefits of small satellites.

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ɸ-week | Day 3

The excitement and enthusiasm at ESA’s ɸ-week continues with participants exploring the wealth of new opportunities on the horizon. This doesn’t just involve new satellite technologies, but developments in communications, ways of merging information, artificial intelligence and new trends such as small satellites and citizen science.

Being held on 12–16 November at our Earth observation centre in Frascati, Italy, ɸ-week brings together emerging space investors, tech leaders, start-ups and entrepreneurs with the space scientists and Earth observation researchers who are developing the potential space business ideas of tomorrow.

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ɸ and citizen science

During ESA’s ɸ-week on 12–16 November in Italy, Margaret Gold from the European Citizen Science Association talks about the advantages of citizens getting involved in providing data to support Earth observation.

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Artificial intelligence for Earth observation

During ESA’s ɸ-week on 12–16 November in Italy, Patrick Helber from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence explains how artificial intelligence is being trained with Earth observation data and images such as that from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission so features can be detected automatically. This can then be used to classify land cover types automatically, for example.

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