New sensor, mission concepts and applications for Earth's Global Monitoring, Environment and Security
Starlab Space Engineering Business Unit provides technical solutions, products and services for governments, industry and downstream markets in key Space related areas.
We study and develop new space sensors and mission concepts for environmental monitoring, including remote sensing applications of GPS and Galileo, as well as innovative radar concepts.
In this area, we respond to our clients’ needs in an original, efficient and effective way thanks to the top-level quality of our researchers and accumulated experience of our company.
Starlab also offers services based on EarthObservation data. Water quality monitoring, determination of snow-cover, change detection, vegetation monitoring, and soil moisture mapping are examples of our capacities in Earth Observation applications.
Our research, which contributed significantly to several ESA technology programs, includes the development of new sensor, concepts and efficient algorithms to extract maximal information from data, identification of platform/deployment opportunities, as well as development of know-how on the best use of data products for scientific and operational applications.
The Space Engineering BU team has a strong expertise in radar altimetry, optical imaging, Synthetic Aperture Radar image processing and the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signals. Several members of the department have been working with international space organisation (ESA, DLR) before joining the company and some of them are pioneers in GNSS Reflections analysis.
Examples of our capacities include:
- Feasibility studies and development of algorithms
- Implementation of algorithms
- Mission analysis
- Development of instrument prototypes
- Data processing
- The implementation of operational services
The Radar Systems Area covers innovative EO radar systems and technologies mainly based, but not only, on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The key expertise of Starlab in this area includes mission analysis, design, and performance estimation of a wide number of radar concepts, including: interferometry, multi-dimensional parameter retrieval, and wide-swath coverage.
Starlab Space Altimetry Area provides advanced mono-static space altimetry technical consulting. We have more than five years experience in the new altimetric, improved-resolution SAR mode. We are specilaisedspecialised in processing satellite altimeter high-resolution data and extracting relevant geophysical information, as well as providing assessment of on-board and on-ground processing techniques.
Starlab EO Application Area focuses on the developmentdevelops and costumisestailoring of algorithms and signal processing techniques for ocean and land remote sensing. We define and implement new models, assimilating EO sateliite data of various kind with models, to enhance the estimation of geophysical parameters and obtain to more reliable and valuable products.
Starlab has a vast experience in GNSS-R technologies, and is recognized to be a key actor within this community. Our expertise goes from the design and manufacturing of advanced GNSS-R instruments and simulators to the development of altimetric and scatterometric algorithms and applications from ground-based and airborne platforms, for the retrieval of ocean and land geophysical parameters.