Starlab Space activities are handled by two synergic Business Units: Space Engineering and Star2Earth
The Space Engineering Business Unit provides technical solutions, R&D consulting, software tools and instruments to governments, industry and downstream markets in key Space related areas, with a focus on radar remote sensing.
We study and develop new space sensors and mission concepts for environmental monitoring, including remote sensing applications of GPS and Galileo, Synthetic Aperture RADARs, Space Altimetry as well as innovative radar concepts.
Our research, which contributed significantly to several ESA technology programs, includes the development of efficient algorithms to extract maximal information from data, the identification of platform/deployment opportunities, as well as development of know-how on the best use of data products for scientific and operational applications.
Two thirds of the members of the Unit are PhDs and many of them have been working with international space organisations (ESA, DLR) before joining the company.
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.
Examples of our capabilities include:
- Feasibility studies and of algorithms
- Development and implementation of algorithms
- Mission analysis
- Design and implementation of end-to-end satellite mission simulators
- Development of microwave instrument prototypes
- Data processing
The Space Engineering Business Unit, through its product and service area Microspace, also commercialises some of the software tools that have been developed in-house to support our research, such as space mission simulators, as well as microwave instruments for R&D. We also provide introductory and specialised courses on various Earth Observation topics. More detailed information can be found in the Microspace web site.
Through our Star2Earth Business Unit provide advanced solutions integrating Earth Observation augmented services and products into the decision chain for more competitive and sustainable operations. Our clients include international and national enterprises and administrations in the water management, energy, agriculture and environmental management sectors. Star2Earth is a key service provider and high-tech consultancy deeply committed to maximising our clients’ efficiency and general resource optimization. More detailed information about our EO based services can be found in the Star2Earth web page.
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.
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 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.
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.