Starlab Space


New concepts for
Remote Sensing

New sensor, mission concepts and services for Global Monitoring, Environment and Security 

Our Space activities are handled by two dedicated Business Units. Our Space Engineering Business Unit provides technical solutions, products and services for governments, industry and downstream markets in key Space related areas with a focus on radar remote sensing.

Working closely with the European Space Agency and other Space actors, 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.

Through our Star2Earth Business Unit 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

Advanced Radar Systems

The Radar Systems Area covers innovative EO radar systems and technologies mainly based, but not only, on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) - such as Wavemill . 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.

Space Altimetry

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.

GNSS-R Technologies

Starlab is a pioneer of GNSS-R technologies, and is recognized as key actor in the community. Our expertise includes the design and manufacturing of advanced GNSS-R instruments ( Oceanpal ) and simulators (StarGym) 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.

EO Applications

The Star2Earth Business Unit focuses on providing services and products based on advanced algorithms and signal processing techniques for ocean and land remote sensing (environmental, energy and agriculture). We define and implement new models for our clients assimilating EO satellite data of various types with models, to enhance the estimation of geophysical parameters and obtain more reliable and valuable products.