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SpaceCloud® News

This newsletter focus on the possibilites with the radiation tolerant SpaceCloud® Framework, which is a flexible and powerful infrastructure for on-orbit cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The software and hardware offer world-leading performance and simplicity in application development, sensor management, and storage of actionable and relevant information.

To get a deeper understanding of the SpaceCloud® Framework and the possibilities with deploying Apps on-orbit be sure to see the video of our latest Online Training Session. Watch the training session on Youtube here.

Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist and Co-founder, Unibap 

Illustration of iX5-100 functionality on the HyTI mission

Illustration of iX5-100 functionality on the HyTI mission

Final delivery of iX5-100 to the NASA HyTI Mission

In 2018, NASA selected the "Hyperspectral Thermal Imager, HyTI" mission to demonstrate the potential of precision agriculture using intelligent data analysis onboard satellites. In October 2019, Unibap received an order for the space computer iX5-100 and services for the HyTI mission. Now Unibap's team has delivered the hardware to Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), the integrator that is building the satellite. In the coming weeks, Unibap will also finalize the delivery of software that includes SpaceCloud OS.  
 - It feels fantastic that we have reached the goal of this project. It is the most significant commercial solution where we deliver space computers and SpaceCloud® services in a larger system. Hardware supplied to space projects places completely different demands on handling and testing than deliveries to industrial projects. As part of the project, we have therefore set up ESD-protected areas and built a new cleanroom. For us, the HyTI project has meant that we have further improved our ability and know-how to deliver ready-made, high-quality hardware. Because we have been quality responsible for our delivery, it has placed extra high demands on the team, says Mathias Persson, Senior Business Development Manager at Unibap.
-The pandemic situation has entailed particular challenges, adds project manager Per Preinitz. Since our hardware is responsible for communication with other units in the satellite, we had initially intended to visit other suppliers in the project. Now we had to send hardware and work with digital meetings instead. Nor in our team have we been able to work in the same workplace but have collaborated digitally. We have significantly benefited from the fact that HSFL has been solution-focused and positive to work with. It is a relatively unique situation to be still able to deliver under these conditions.

What is the significance of this project for Unibap? 
- It is a big step for Unibap, as it is the first major project that the iX5-100 hardware has been adapted to the customer's unique and advanced sensor and uses SpaceCloud® OS. The customer adaptation means that our SpaceCloud computer can read out and process the sensor data for exciting results onboard and communicate with the satellite's control computer and via radio with the ground station. Since there are no retakes in space, the hardware has undergone very rigorous tests so that our computer can handle shaking, heat, cold and vacuum, says Fredrik Bruhn, Chief evangelist at Unibap. 

.Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist, Unibap.
Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist and co-founder together with Mathias Persson, Senior Business Development Manager at Unibap.

Is there anything in the project technology that you want to highlight?
- HyTI has a unique sensor onboard that collects light in the invisible infrared area to the human eye called the "thermal area" and creates an advanced data cube that can be cut into different sections for different information products. The sensor is heavily cooled with a compressor onboard the satellite to increase the sensitivity and can also divide the thermal area into 25 parts or "bands", which means that the data cube contains various objects' "thermal fingerprints" that are reflected by sunlight on Earth. Each type of object in the universe and on Earth has a unique spectrum of reflection. For example, you can extract geographical maps from the data cube and show areas with stone, clay, concrete, virus-infected diseased crops and plants. The scientists who control the satellite can choose to send the data cube in raw format or complete analyzes to Earth. Remarkably, the Hawaii Space Flight Lab has created an algorithm that allows them to handle data compression and analysis in near real-time. And that our space product iX5-100 is powerful enough to compute the process. Vast amounts of data are collected, 20-30 GB in 7-10 minutes for each revolution around the Earth. The ability to compress and analyze data before linking it down to Earth is therefore valuable, Dr. Fredrik Bruhn explains. 

What will be the next step in this project?
-Now that we have delivered the hardware, it remains to provide manuals and the custom software that runs on SpaceCloud® OS. Then, of course, we will be assisting when the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory will integrate all the different components. There will undoubtedly be questions right up until the launch of the satellite at the end of the year, Mathias Persosn explains in conclusion.


Read more about the HyTI Mission on our website, more about Unibap´s hardware solution iX5-100, or watch a video on youtube about the HyTI-mission featuring Miguel Nunes, PhD, from Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.
 

SpaceCloud® makes its maiden spaceflight with D-Orbit 

Unibap iX5-100 before it was sent to D-Orbit.  

Unibap's SpaceCloud solution will be integrated into D-Orbits ION Satellite Carrier spacecraft scheduled for launch in Q2 2021. Unibap and D-Orbit will jointly perform the In-Orbit validation and In-Orbit demonstration of SpaceCloud hardware and services for the purpose of evaluating and developing future commercial cloud computing services in space. 
- The ION platform is designed, manufactured, and operated by D-Orbit. While its primary function is to deliver and deploy smaller satellites into precise orbits and orbital slots, the spacecraft includes a plug-and-play mechanical, electric, and data interface that streamlines the integration of hosted payloads, like innovative technologies developed by startups, experiments from research entities, and instruments from traditional space companies with a mass ranging between 1 and 200 kg, Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist and Co-founder of Unibap explains.

What is the purpose of this mission?
- The purpose of this mission is to demonstrate these new capabilities, characterize performance and gain practical experience in the operation of a cloud node in a spacecraft, connected securely to the cloud environment on the ground. A range of innovative solutions will be demonstrated, for advanced geospatial Earth Observation (EO) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) applications using sophisticated, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) algorithms for extremely low-latency decision support. In addition, we will experiment with a variety of compression techniques for telemetry, and streaming video and other types of data.
- The joint team will upload additional SpaceCloud applications and experiments as permitted by onboard resources and platform availability throughout the mission lifetime to maximize the business potential of in-space data processing. Opportunities for third parties to demonstrate the software as the first commercially available Cloud in Space may also be offered, says Henrik Magnusson, Project Manager, Unibap.


Henrik Magnusson, Project Manager, Unibap.  

Unibap is supported by the European Space Agency through an ongoing project within the General Study Technology Program (GSTP) for supporting third party applications and aimed at the technology maturation of the SpaceCloud reliability SafetyChip and SafetyBoot features. SpaceCloud enable containerized orchestration and isolation which allow the resources to be assigned to parallel execution of applications. Unibap have teamed with a range of organisations including ENEA, US-based SaraniaSat Inc, 12G Flight Systems AB for SpaceCloud ecosystem capabilities and application demonstrations.

Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist and Co-founder Unibap.  

What is the significance of this collaboration for Unibap? 
- We are very pleased that D-Orbit will be the first satellite integrator and operator to demonstrate SpaceCloud in space. I am personally proud that both companies are European and that we can together demonstrate an exciting pathway for opening a future a data-driven space business era with cloud computing, says Dr. Fredrik Bruhn. 

Henrik Magnusson is a new recruitment for Unibap from February 2021. He is now Project Manager working in all Unibap´s space solutions including hardware such as iX5-100. 
- It has been busy days for us at Unibap with increased interest in our hardware as well as SpaceCloud. The project with D-Orbit is a proud moment for us at Unibap.  


Simon Reid, COO, D-Orbit UK.  

Simon Reid explains the significance for D-Orbit.   
- We have been preparing for the use of advanced computing platforms in space in order to offer (cloud/AI enabled) computing as an important element in the range of On-Orbit services that we offer to our customers, says Simon Reid, D-Orbit' UK's COO. "Unibap's solution, which addresses the issues of deploying high power, modern COTS processors in the harsh space environment meant they were exactly the partner we needed for this mission."
- In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the interest of on-board data processing to increase the flexibility and lower the latency in generation of payload data products. The planned IOD with Unibap and D-Orbit will demonstrate a new concept of a single payload computer generating multiple data products in parallel, a method which can enable new mission concepts in the future, says David Steenari, On-Board Payload Data Processing Engineer from ESA.

Read more about Unibap Hardware solutions here. 

Meet Unibap @ Virtual SmallSat  


Virtual SmallSat 2021 - don´t forget to register. 
Register for the virtually amazing event here.  



 

Unibap is proud to be part of Virtual SmallSat 2021 as conference sponsor, donor to the student competition and holding a virtual exhibition. During SmallSat we will hold daily talks with prominent and interesting guests form the Space Community. In our virtual exhibition we will also give live demonstrations of iX5-100 and SpaceCloud. Don´t miss out our social event at our specially built virtual Gather Space Station either.

We will also hold the sidemeeting Bring onboard AI to the next level with SpaceCloud and a SpaceCloud Training seminar sharing the benefits of our platform.

Get inspired by last year´s side meeting that Unibap held together with Atlantic Council with prominent guest including Dr. Peter Wegner, John W. Hines, Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Shawn Hawthorne, Jody Medich in a discussion led by Dr. David Bray and Dr. Fredrik Bruhn. See the full event here. 


 

Podcast about the latest advances in AI on-board satellites

Unibap Chief Evangelist and co-founder Dr. Fredrik Bruhn visited the Satsearch podcast and talks about different topics such as:
  • How AI and machine learning can be integrated and used in space applications.
  • The benefits that such advances can bring to Earth Observation (EO) missions and services, in order to develop. actionable information that drives autonomous operations and other systems.
  • How existing computing concepts have driven advances in satellite systems.
  • The development of a complementary ground segment ecosystem that is supporting emerging capabilities in orbit.
  • How more advanced systems in satellites will enable the better use of ground-based computing resources.
Listen to the Satsearch Podcast



 

Unibap is recruiting - open positions!

-Unibap is in a really interesting and expansive phase right now. Therefore we are recruiting, and right now looking for system engineers and Embedded FPGA engineers. But we also welcome other applicants that share our vision for the possibilites in space, says Lena W Jansson, Head of Talent and Communication. 

Read more about the open positions at Unibap here.

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