Space Modelling & Analysis

Data analysis plays an important role in every space mission.


Meteosat Third Generation (MTG)

esc participates on payload modeling for Data Collection System & GEO Search and Rescue (DCS & GEOSAR), and on analysis of its behavior.

The simulation of payload models will be implemented in MATLAB/Simulink basic blocks.

Features of DCS & GEOSAR

  1. Receive UHF band SAR distress messages and DCP beacons messages from on ground beacons
  2. Downlink of SAR beacons from MTG-I satellites to COSPAS- SARSAT ground segment via D&G Downlink Antenna (L-Band)
  3. Digitalize DCP beacons messages and interface the Payload Data Downlink function to ground segment via Ka-Band downlink
  4. Produce TM messages in response to the TC messages and to monitor the status of the payload


Mission Background

The MTG series will comprise four imaging and two sounding satellites. The MTG-I imaging satellites will carry the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) and the Lightning Imager. The MTG-S sounding satellites – a first for Meteosat – will carry an Infrared Sounder (IRS) and an Ultraviolet Visible Near-Infrared spectrometer, which will be provided by ESA as the GMES Sentinel-4 mission.

MTG @ ESA-P.Carril

MTG @ ESA-P.Carril

On the MTG-I satellites, FCI will scan the full Earth disc every 10 minutes using 16 spectral channels at very high spatial resolutions, from 2 km to 0.5 km. In fast imagery mode it will be capable of a repeat cycle of 2.5 minutes over a quarter of the disc.

On the MTG-S satellites, IRS will provide detailed vertical profiles of atmospheric temperature and humidity at a high spatial resolution of 4 km. These data will feed into advanced regional Numerical Weather Prediction models expected to be used in the future for nowcasting and very short-range weather forecasting.



esc participates in two independent workpackages of the Iris programme.


ATM System Load Emulator

esc is a member of a team that defines the architecture and implements the Load Emulator of a future Air Traffic Management (ATM) System. The Load Emulator synthesizes interference in the forward and return radio link in different traffic loading scenarios. Together with a simulator of the telecommunication payload to be carried on the ATM satellite and the Satellite Channel Emulator of KU-band & L-band links, all the components will be integrated to a so called Verification Test Bench and used to evaluate and improve performance of the future ATM system.

Test Controller

Another task for esc is to develop Test Controller of the ATM Verification Test Bench (VTB). The Test Controller provides remote monitoring and control of all VTB elements from a centralized user position. There are 21 partners involved in the development of the VTB. Our delivery consists of an SW module, the host platform HW, documentation and integration of additional components like GUI or Result Processor provided by other subcontractors in the Iris/ANTARES project.

Iris Programme Overview

Iris, element 10 of the ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme, aims to develop    a new Air-Ground Communication system for Air Traffic Management (ATM). It is the satellite-based solution for the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR) programme. It supports the implementation of the Single European Sky by looking at all aspects of Air Traffic Management. It also intends to modernize communication infrastructure and increase safety for air traffic participants. By 2020 it will contribute to the modernization of air traffic management by providing digital data-links to cockpit crews in continental and oceanic airspace replacing a voice communication channel between the pilot and a controller.

IRIS/ANTARES (datasheet) IRIS_ANTARES_Datasheet