Singapore-listed mobile satellite communication company Addvalue Innovation’s Inter-satellite Data Relay Service (IDRS) has been endorsed by EO-ALERT, a European Union’s Horizon 2020 funded consortium, working on a real-time global delivery service for Earth Observation (EO) products.
EO-ALERT primarily aims to define and develop the next-generation EO data and processing chain, based on a novel flight segment architecture that moves key optimised EO data processing elements from the ground to space using on-board processing with the objective of providing EO products to the end-user within minutes of collecting the data. Within the frame of EO-ALERT, Addvalue’s IDRS service offers a compelling option for delivering the on-board processed products to end-users globally and within seconds.
A test campaign was done by the EO-ALERT consortium independently to demonstrate and validate the EO-ALERT concept together with modelling of the IDRS link in flight, using a standard Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminal (which emulates the Addvalue space transceiver) and bench tests over the Inmarsat satellite. These tests confirmed that Addvalue’s IDRS service is a reliable solution that provides real-time global alert data delivery of EO products from Optical and SAR EO satellites to ground.