Using High-Speed Data Transfer to Reduce Emergency Response Times
In recent years satellite remote sensing data has become a crucial source of information for disaster management. Especially during crisis situations, such as floods or earthquakes, the rapid availability of ground information over the affected areas is of critical importance to effectively organise help and ultimately save human lives.
Using traditional methods of satellite data transfer the re-tasking of the space assets may be delayed for up to hours before the satellite is flying over a ground station. Similarly the data download can be delayed significantly due to missing contact with the spacecraft. Losing valuable time in a critical situation.
The SpaceDataHighway increases the time the spacecraft is in communication with the ground by an order of magnitude. This enables a near-real-time tasking and immediate data download. Thus the time between the arising need for data to the actual delivery of information is reduced considerably. Furthermore the increased capacity of data transfer from space to ground supports wide-area mapping and data provision from several satellites.