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Indra leads development of Ingenio’s ground segment

Belgium: Indra has closed with the European Space Agency the definition of the requirements for the system that will manage the Spanish satellite Ingenio. The technological company leads the development, implementation and start-up of the ground segment for the future Spanish ground-based optical observation satellite, which will be ready to enter into service in 2015. With this important milestone, Indra, along with the rest of the consortium, firmly undertakes the review of the preliminary design for the second half of the year.

In December, last year, the Ministry of Industry awarded Indra a contract to lead the project. As a result, Indra, as the leader of the Spanish industry, is responsible for the integration, installation, testing and start-up of the ground segments for the two satellites in the Spanish National Earth Observation Programme (PNOT): the Ingenio optical satellite and the Paz radar satellite. This is the most complex Earth observation programme that has been carried out in Spain to date.

The requirements defined by Indra and approved by the ESA (the agency which Spain has entrusted to supervise the project) for the future Ingenio Ground Segment establish a system comprised by three centres located in Madrid, the Canary Islands and the Arctic.

The main centre will be located at the INTA facility in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid). This centre will have the complete functionality to plan and manage Ingenio flight operations and to process the data transmitted by the satellite, including information for its administration as well as the data collected by the opto-electronic sensor it carries.

Indra will install the second control centre, which will act as a backup, in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. It will provide the main Torrejón centre with additional capacity for receiving satellite data. It will also include the flight operations management functions that are necessary to guarantee the satellite”s control in any situation.

Lastly, there will be access to a centre in the Arctic at a location that has not yet been determined. It will be used to send and receive information to and from the satellite. Its high latitude position will favour frequent contact with the satellite.

Source: Indra