Rome: DMC International Imaging and its long-term partner Spacemetric have successfully delivered an image from satellite to end-user in just 11 minutes, as part of a demonstration at the European Space Agency’s Big Data from Space conference, where industry experts discuss how to distribute large volumes of data from space to the people that need it.
An image of Rome (where the event is being held) was acquired at 09:17 UTC on June 5 and it was processed and made available by 09:28 UTC the same morning. The live demonstration of rapid image access is using the latest capabilities developed within the NGI project (Near Real-Time Geo-annotated Imagery) for the European Space Agency by Spacemetric.
DMC International Imaging (DMCii), a UK-based supplier of remote sensing data products and services for international Earth Observation (EO) markets, specialises in the fast delivery of images for time-critical applications such as monitoring crop growth and monitoring disasters where imagery has a shelf life of about 24 hours, after which it ceases to be useful. DMCii was formed in October 2004 and is a subsidiary of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the world leader in small satellite technology. In partnership with the UK Space Agency and the other DMC member nations (Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey and Spain), DMCii works with the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to provide free satellite imagery for humanitarian use in the event of major international disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, fires and flooding.