Defence [&] Security
Staying ahead of threats with space technology
Resilient Satellite Navigation
Satellite navigation is more than just a convenience; it is a cornerstone of our daily lives. From ensuring efficient transportation to enabling precision in emergency response and Defence operations and providing essential timing information for highly sensitive radar applications. Satellites are the primary source of Positioning, Navigation and Timing information. The impact of disruption of satellite navigation is profound and far-reaching and with this reliance comes vulnerability. Our satellite navigation infrastructure is susceptible to radio interference, whether from natural occurrences or human-made sources. We offer flexible and modular software and hardware solutions for satellite navigation performance and interference monitoring. Our advanced systems are designed to detect and classify interference, and to pinpoint the source of interference. Additionally, we facilitate mitigation of satellite navigation interference through the application of smart antenna technology. We design solutions tailored for critical infrastructures such as maritime, aviation, and defence.
Since our establishment in 2000, we have cultivated expertise across the entire satellite data chain, from instruments to insights. Over the years, we played a vital role in the success of numerous Earth Observation (EO) missions, accumulating extensive experience with a diverse range of instruments, including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Multi- and Hyperspectral and Infrared. EO satellites play a pivotal role, delivering Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities, aiding in mission planning, and enhancing situational awareness. Whether for border surveillance, maritime security, critical infrastructure protection, Defence operations or disaster response, Earth Observation stands as a reliable source of timely and accurate information in situations where this is paramount. We offer solutions that include the data processing and quality monitoring for the ground segment, onboard processing, and support users in developing their own data processing infrastructure, data portals and collaborative algorithm development platforms. Additionally, we serve as a reliable service provider for delivering valuable insights derived from EO data. For more information about our Earth information solutions please see Space [&] Science.
Space Situational Awareness
Space Situational Awareness involves monitoring and comprehending the activities and objects in space. From satellites to space debris as potential threats, sensors for space situational awareness provide the crucial insights needed to ensure the safety and security of space activities. We specialise in ground-based passive radio frequency (RF) sensors. We have developed DISTURB together with the radio astronomy institute ASTRON.
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