Operations Centre

The Operations Centre is a key component of the Satellite Applications Catapult, providing an end-to-end centre for cost-effective satellite flight operations, payload data processing, and exploitation services.

The Catapult provides the UK with its own ground control capability, a unique step in giving the UK a sovereign capability, especially in Earth observation (EO). The UK’s capabilities in the management and exploitation of EO data for tackling climate change and for the rapidly emerging field of security applications (including defence, environmental and food security, security of space-based services, etc) is reinforced with the establishment the Catapult Operations Centre. The Operations Centre is also capable of operating a variety of missions such as the TechDemoSat (TDS) satellites, Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), and European and UK bilateral missions.

Flight Operations Segment

The Flight Operations Segment (FOS) can operate standard Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) compliant spacecraft, as well as low cost platforms produced by key industry players. The FOS is proven for end-to-end operations and is generic and multi-mission in its functionality. Its objective is to minimise the amount of effort needed to customise it for a specific mission. By using appropriate automated systems, the FOS can achieve a cost-effective operations approach that will mirror that of many commercial operations.

Key Functions

  • Ability to monitor and control SSTL and CCSDS-compliant missions
  • Interface to connect to SLE compliant ground stations
  • Capability to download, process, archive and disseminate payload data and products

Solution Features

  • Re-use of proven software components
  • Virtualised server and thin client environment for flexibility in operations and scalability for multiple missions
  • Designed to optimise customisations required for new missions

For more information regarding the Catapult’s Operations Centre, please email info@sa.catapult.org.uk.

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