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Paper title Open Constellation
  1. Carlos Fernández de la Peña Open cosmos Ltd. Speaker
Form of presentation Poster
  • B7. NewSpace missions
    • B7.03 New Space missions with small and nanosatellites
Abstract text Born from the “Sharing Economy”, OpenConstellation proposes a different way of getting access to satellite imagery. Buying a single satellite, or a small fleet, does not usually provide significant coverage capacity, and the revisit is definitely disappointing. Trying to acquire large, recent coverages in the commercial market proves to be difficult and expensive when quality is a strong requirement. Not to talk about getting real-time imagery in case of emergency, or about the homogeneity problems when using different sources.

Open Cosmos constellation is designed to solve these problems by creating a structure where constellation partners share their spare capacity with the others. Open Cosmos ensures a seamless operation, clear sharing rules and provides all the technical infrastructure, from ground stations to analysis-ready data, in order to make this possible. Becoming a member of the OpenConstellation implies that the investment is immediately multiplied by the sharing effect, and all the constellation management, from downloading to processing and sharing is greatly simplified.

Open Cosmos data platform is the final element in this chain, and provides seamless access to images and derivative products available to partners, downstream providers and final users.

The OpenConstellation is designed to support the services and applications required by its partners, by providing unprecedented access to reliable and affordable satellite imagery and connecting it to a powerful data platform. This allows constellation members to become more efficient and competitive by enabling a full new line of space-data-driven decisions.

The year 2022 will see the first three to five satellites of the constellation launched, and the final schedule for the launch of the full constellation will be fixed.

What is different between the OpenConstellation and other initiatives?

- Cost effective satellite imagery:
Being a member of the OpenConstellation will result in accessing 10x more affordable data.

- The OpenConstellation is born from collaboration:
And thus makes an efficient use of resources by sharing the unused capacity of some satellites to serve other members’ needs.

- The OpenConstellation is built from user needs:
Satellites that become part of the OpenConstellation are coming from actual user demand. No technology push syndrome.

- The OpenConstellation is varied:
Most constellations are based on replicating the same satellite type. The OpenConstellation offers a set of complementary sensors better suited for the demanding new applications. “If you only have a hammer, all problems are nails”.

- Access to the OpenConstellation is provided through a state-of-the-art data platform:
This simplifies the process of finding and managing data, and offers an ecosystem of applications from value-added providers ready to provide standard (e.g. change detection) and bespoke solutions.

- The OpenConstellation evolves quickly with new technological advances:
New sensor technologies are developed every day. The OpenConstellation is enhanced with technological advances much faster than any other due to its open design.

The presentation will describe in depth the constellation design (orbital planes, number of satellites, technical features), the mechanisms designed to effectively implement the capacity sharing, and will demonstrate some early use cases of the data platform run with actual customers.