Data Processing Software

Data processing is a highly customized section of any project, it is the interfacing and conversion of large amounts of instrument data into useful scientific results. Below are some of the projects where esc has delivered data processing software:


SENTINEL 4 Performance Assessment Tool

The Sentinel-4 is dedicated to monitoring the composition of the atmosphere for Copernicus Atmosphere Services (previously known as the GMES Programme).  The mission will be carried on meteorological satellites operated by Eumetsat. On the geostationary Meteosat Third Generation satellites, the Sentinel-4 instrument’s mission comprises an Ultraviolet Visible Near-infrared (UVN) spectrometer and data from Eumetsat’s thermal InfraRed Sounder (IRS), both embarked on the MTG-Sounder (MTG-S) satellite.


Sentinel 4, artist impression


Sentinel 4 will scan the skies over Europe









The software, running on standard COTS laptops and desktop running a Linux OS, The Performance Assessment Tool (PAT) is part of the Space Segment, used to tune the instrument on during development at Astrium GmbH. The PAT will take in various data sources and formats, and enable a user to compare past data with new data sets and products generated by the various instrument data feeds.


Data Processing Ground Segment software for SphinX (download) for the Russian CORONAS (Complex Orbital Observations Near-Earth of Activity of the Sun) Solar Mission in cooperation with Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the CR, v. V. i.




The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (or GOES) program is a key element in United States’ National Weather Service (NWS) operations.

GOES weather imagery and quantitative sounding data are a continuous and reliable stream of environmental information used to support weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and meteorological research.

Evolutionary improvements in the geostationary satellite system since 1974 (the launch of the first Synchronous Meteorological Satellite, SMS-1) have been responsible for making the current GOES system the basic element for U.S. weather monitoring and forecasting.

Spacecraft and ground-based systems work together to accomplish the GOES mission.


GSAT-2 is an experimental communication satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation and launched on one of the first GSLVs. The satellite was positioned at 48 deg east longitude in the geo-stationary orbit.

GSAT-2 carried four C-band transponders, two Ku-bands transponders and a Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) payload operating in S-band forward link and C-band return link.



Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI, or more rarely Explorer 81) is the sixth mission in the line of NASA Small Explorer missions (also known as SMEX). Launched on 5 February 2002, its primary mission is to explore the basic physics of particle acceleration and explosive energy release in solar flares.

HESSI was renamed to RHESSI on March 29, 2002 in honor of Reuven Ramaty, a pioneer in the area of high energy solar physics – RHESSI is the first space mission named after a NASA scientist. RHESSI was designed and is operated at the Space Sciences Laboratory in Berkeley California.

RHESSI is designed to image solar flares in energetic photons from soft X rays (~3 keV) to gamma rays (up to ~20 MeV) and to provide high resolution spectroscopy up to gamma-ray energies of ~20 MeV. Furthermore, it has the capability to perform spatially resolved spectroscopy with high spectral resolution.