Automated processing of environmental satellite imagery for applications and quality control (16/14)

Company: Airbus Defence and Space (Intelligence)

Location: Surrey Research Park, Guildford


We are a leading Earth Observation services company with global reach, providing imagery products and solutions to customers worldwide since 1986.  We form a fully integrated company within the overall Airbus Group, offering a unique consolidated portfolio of Earth Observation and geographic information products and value-added solutions to both commercial and public sector customers.


The European Union, through its Copernicus Programme, is funding the development of dedicated Sentinel satellite missions and services to monitor the environment.  Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), Guildford operates both the largest Sentinel data archive in the world and the services supporting data access by Copernicus application services across Europe.  With the Airbus Processing Cloud co-located with the Sentinel data operations we are looking to run automated processing chains for environmental monitoring applications.

The successful applicant(s) will work within a small, friendly operations team, based in our Guildford office.  The tasks will largely relate to process chain integration and testing; developing tools to support the Copernicus Quality Control team and/or transferring an information dissemination App to SmartPhones.  Learning opportunities include Object Oriented design utilising the Universal Modelling Language (UML) and environmental applications for Earth Observation data

The role will provide exposure to examples of industry-related operational and R&D needs, applying academic outcomes to real-world data analysis scenarios, as well as working in a team setting.

Student specification

Applicants are anticipated to come (though not exclusively) from the following backgrounds:  Physics / Astronomy, Computer Science or an Earth Science with good numeracy skills.  The successful candidate would be expected to commute to (or stay within) the Guildford area.

Requirements for the internship concern an interest in applying satellite Earth Observation data and working with open source software tools.  The envisaged tasks require some programming skills with an opportunity to learn / refine these skills.

The Nitty Gritty: 9-week fixed-term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally to start 27 June 2016, with the SpIN induction day to be held at Harwell. An allowance is offered, calculated ‘pro rata’ from an equivalent annual figure of £16,000 (gross).

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