The COSMO-SkyMed ground and ILS and ops segments upgrades for full civilian capacity exploitation
L. Fasano ; G. F. De Luca ; M. Cardone ; et al.
Oct - 2015
DOI: 10.1117/12.2194921

Event Title : Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIX
Published in: Proc. SPIE 9639, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIX
Publisher: SPIE
type: Conference Proceedings

COSMO-SkyMed (CSK), is an Earth Observation joint program between Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italian Space Agency, ASI) and Italian Ministry of Defense (It-MoD). It consists of a constellation of four X Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) whose first satellite of has been launched on June 2007. Today the full constellation is fully qualified and is in an operative phase. The COSMO-SkyMed System includes 3 Segments: the Space Segment, the Ground Segment and the Integrated Logistic Support and Operations Segment (ILS and OPS) As part of a more complex re-engineering process aimed to improve the expected constellation lifetime, to fully exploit several system capabilities, to manage the obsolescence, to reduce the maintenance costs and to exploit the entire constellation capability for Civilian users a series of activities have been performed. In the next months these activities are planned to be completed and start to be operational so that it will be possible the programming, planning, acquisition, raw processing and archiving of all the images that the constellation can acquire. © (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

keywords : Position sensors ; Synthetic aperture radar ; X band ; Satellites ; Computer programming ; Defense and security ; Engineering