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Operations Centre

If you’re planning a satellite mission, the Operations Centre at the Catapult offers cost-effective support for satellite flight operations, payload data processing, and preparing satellite technology for market-readiness.

The Catapult’s Operations Centre provides the UK with its own ground control facility, a unique step in giving the UK a sovereign capability, especially in Earth observation. 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 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.

The Operations Centre offers the:

  • 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

Using our Operations Centre means that proven software components can be used for future missions but can be designed to optimise customisations required for new missions. It also has a virtualised service and thin client environment for flexibility in operations and scalability for multiple missions.

Floor: 0

Layout: Operations room (capacity 16), standing (capacity 16)

Attributes: Videowall connected to 8 individual workstations with 2 full HD monitors per workstation, switchable privacy glass wall with security-controlled door

Technical Support: All room bookings come with technical support for set-up. Please let us know what requirements you have at the time of booking so we can ensure the appropriate support is available on the day. Any additional support throughout your time in our meeting rooms may be subject to additional charges.

Catering: Our caterers provide a range of services, from tea and coffee to day delegate catering, to a wood fired pizza truck and doughnut wall! Please see the attached brochure for the full menu.

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