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EADS Astrium

EADS Astrium

EADS Astrium, a subsidiary of EADS SPACE, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of satellite systems.

In the late 1990s, the company was awarded a research grant for £7m to build and validate their Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The funding from ESA's ARTES programme matched the company's own contribution to the project.

SciSys
SciSys
SciSys' produces on-board embedded software to control spacecraft, known as avionics software. This software resides on the spacecraft and guides the satellite in its orbit as well as activating and managing the instruments it carries.

Blue sky thinking at the company in the late 90s produced an idea for an advanced space technology - "distributed avionics software". Here avionics software would be spread across several on-board processors so that if one goes down, it wouldn't bring the whole system to a halt.
SSTL 1
SSTL 1
In the eighties and early nineties, satellites had limited imaging capabilities. This was a particular problem for researchers who wanted technology that could do more than simply provide flattened images of the Earth's surface.

There was a strong interest globally in exploring a solution that used spectral bands to build a picture. These would show colours or three-dimensional contouring that could be used for monitoring land use and water courses.