Space Agency builds big data platform on virtual datacentre


Space Agency builds big data platform on virtual datacentre

Karl Flinders

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using a cloud platform from Interoute to enable collaboration between organisations working to understand geohazards.

Built using Interoute’s Virtual Data Centre, the ESA’s SuperSites Exploitation Platform (SSEP) will give scientists access to satellite data to help them monitor the planet through the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of satellite data. 


It will lead to a better understanding of the processes causing geohazards such as earthquakes and volcanic activity

The SSEP, which was developed with Interoute, allows on-demand processing of satellite data. It will initially provide access to 13TB of data, encompassing 50,000 radar scenes. There are a number of algorithms to process the data.

The platform also offers virtual desktop resources configured with appropriate software and licences to analyse and process the data.

Jordi Farres, EOP service support and ground segment technology officer at ESA, said: “This platform will provide authorised users with simple access tools to view and retrieve data from multiple archives, place their tasking requests, fetch data and report results back to data providers, which will make a larger pool of data available to scientific data users.”

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