Space

Space for all

Space for everyone
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Overview

Space for all

At GMV, we provide space agencies, satellite operators, and clients in the space sector from around the world the best high-tech solutions to meet your needs and obtain excellent results.

We have consolidated ourselves as a proactive and reliable partner, offering applications and complex hardware and critical software solutions and services to overcome the challenges faced by the space sector.

We design ground and flight systems for a wide variety of space missions that provide positioning, navigation, communication, security, science, exploration, and weather information.

1,200 employees

working in the space sector, which represents 2.4% of all staff in the European space industry

6th-largest industrial group

in the European space sector after Airbus, Thales, Ariane, Leonardo and OHB

More than 600 satellites

and space vehicles incorporate GMV technology

No. 1 global

provider of satellite control centers

Subsectors

Areas of activity by space activity segment

General information on GMV's work on the Galileo program

GMV is a key player in the development of the ground segment, PSR (public service regulation) receivers and operations in the Galileo program. The activities carried out include:

  • Maintenance and evolution of the Galileo ground control segment (GCS), where GMV is the lead contractor for the ESA. GCS is the ground segment infrastructure responsible for monitoring and controlling the entire Galileo constellation, including the launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) of next-generation satellites.
  • The development, evolution, and maintenance of key systems for the ground mission segment of Galileo, such as the Orbit Synchronization Processing Facility (OSPF). GMV is also responsible for the GMS engineering tool environment (ETE).
  • GMV is the lead contractor for the development of several Galileo service centers, such as the European GNSS Services Center (GSC), the Galileo Reference Center (GRC), the Search and Rescue Service Return Link Service Provider (SAR-RLSP), High Accuracy Data Generator (HADG) and the Time and Geodesy Validation Facility (TGVF). GMV also takes part in the development and operation of other facilities for the Galileo program, such as the Galileo Security Monitoring Center (GSMC).
  • GMV is currently one of the lead contractors for the design of the entire second-generation Galileo ground segment.
  • The company is developing the second generation of its own Galileo PRS receiver, as well as the infrastructure for the competent Spanish PRS authority (CPA).
  • GMV also actively participates in Galileo program operations with the equipment integrated at the Galileo Control Centers in Munich.

Galileo Ground Control Segment

In 2018, GMV is the lead on the Galileo ground control segment (GCS), which involves the following assets and figures:

  • Infrastructure for monitoring and controlling the entire Galileo constellation
  • Technology innovation
  • Preparation of the new generations of satellites for the LEOP
  • Reinforcement of cybersecurity and certification perimeters for Galileo
  • Contract valued at over €150 M
  • Over 12 subcontractors, including major suppliers
  • More than 150 people at GMV alone dedicated to the project

Galileo Ground Mission Segment

GMV develops the central Galileo ground mission segment elements, including the Orbit Synchronization Processing Facility (OSPF). It has also developed the Integrity Processing Facility (IPF) in the in-orbit validation (IOV) phase, the network monitoring system (MNE) and the Service Products Facility (SPF) through the full operational capacity (FOC) phase. It is also responsible for the engineering tool environment (ETE), which includes prototypes of most GMS elements.

GMV is also developing part of the GSMC infrastructure in GSMC-S and POCP-S, as part of the contract framework of the Galileo ground mission segment.

Galileo Centers

GMV is the leading European company at the Galileo centers, in which it plays a leading role in the following activities:

  • Development and operation of the Galileo time and geodesy validation facility (TGVF)
  • Development and operation of the Galileo Reference Center (GRC)
  • Development of the infrastructure of the Galileo Service Center (GSC)
  • Supply of the Search and Rescue Service Return Link Service Provider (SAR-RLSP)
  • Development of the High Accuracy Data Generator (HADG)

Galileo PRS

The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service for authorized governmental users who require resilient positioning and continuity of service.

For years now, GMV has been working on the development of a multi-constellation Galileo PRS receiver and has been leading the development of the infrastructure for the Spanish PRS authority (CPA) at the National Aerospace Technical Institute (INTA), including POC-IS and the secondary channel. It is responsible for the Galileo ground control segment management facilities, which includes management of key PRS.

GMV also participates very actively on national and international PRS pilot projects, such as emergency military units, army geographic service, official naval observatories, air experimentation centers, and naval scientific expeditions in Antarctica.

Within the framework of the primary contract related to the Galileo ground mission segment, GMV is part of an industrial team responsible for the maintenance and evolution of the Galileo Security Monitoring Center (GSMC) and the secure contact point platform (POCP-S).

GMV is working on the PRS of the future, being responsible as lead contractor for the design of the ground segment for the Galileo second generation (G2G), the development of and advanced G2G PRS Radio Frequency Constellation Simulator and a G2G Test User Receiver Breadboard.

Galileo Program Operations

GMV’s space operations engineers are in charge of the daily activity of the Galileo Control Center, located in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. This team supervises routine contacts, but it is also available for space operations during the different phases of a mission. In the event of a contingency, GMV professionals are on call in case their extensive knowledge is needed to respond to any problem that arises and resolve it.

Due to the changing nature of the operations in the Galileo program, GMV engineers are also responsible for the development and verification of new procedures and tools to ensure that they overcome the challenges in the project.

As the satellite constellation grows, the importance of automating these tasks also increases. Another job of the space operations engineers is to develop trend analyses to supervise the long-term status of the craft.

Second Generation of Galileo

GMV is the lead contractor responsible for the design and preliminary specifications of the the ground segment (GSEG) for the Galileo second generation (G2G).

G2G GSEG-related activities encompass the entire ground segment, i.e., it includes both mission and control parts in a single ground segment and the Galileo Security Monitoring Center and network.

GMV develops test receiver solutions and breadboards for including new advanced G2G PRS and non-PRS services.

GMV also contributes to Galileo’s second-generation space segment and has optimized the trajectory and corresponding mission analysis.

General information on PNT technologies

Position, navigation, and timing (PNT) technologies are an essential area of specialization and practical knowledge at GMV. GMV develops solutions for the production application (upstream) and transformation (downstream) markets.

In the case of the production market, GMV has garnered unmatched experience in GNSS systems engineering, the development of processing algorithms for navigation, critical software development, and support tools. GMV is one of the leading European companies in the development of European GNSS, EGNOS, and Galileo programs. In mid 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) awarded GMV the Galileo ground control segment contract (FOC2 WP3x). The general framework contract was valued at €250 million and includes a signed and sealed contract for the first work order, valued at approximately €150 million.

In the GNSS transformation market, GMV has been a global pioneer in the development and implementation of intelligent transportation systems based on GNSS, mobile communications, and geographic information systems (GIS). GMV offers comprehensive turnkey solutions to operate in the different means of land, sea, and rail transportation; high-accuracy and high-security GNSS solutions for the autonomous driving market, and resilient PNT solutions for the defense and national security markets.
 

Products

Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)

GMV's knowledge in the field of SBAS and its team’s experience have taken the company to a key position in the development of EGNOS, the European satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), and other SBAS initiatives around the world.

GMV’s contribution to the development of EGNOS was essential as the provider of the following key ground systems:

  • EGNOS central processing facilities - processing set (CPF-PS): the heart of EGNOS, as the CPF is responsible for generating the correction messages transmitted to the users.
  • EGNOS data access system (EDAS): provides access to the EGNOS service via ground channels and provides additional value-added services to users.
  • EURONOTAM: the EGNOS system responsible for generating alerts for aviators (NOTAM).
  • Application-specific qualification facility (ASQF): used to offer support in the development of the EGNOS applications.

GMV has also developed its own SBAS solution called magicSBAS. This is a cutting-edge, operational, multi-constellation test bench for satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) that provides critical augmentation services unrelated to security.

magicSBAS has amply proven the benefits of an SBAS in many regions, such as Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. It is used in the SBAS test bench currently operating in Australia and New Zealand.

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High-Precision GNSS Correction Service

GMV has developed its own GNSS-based precise point positioning (PPP) called MagicPPP, available as a commercial solution on different markets, such as automotive, precision agriculture, topography, and space.

The MagicPPP service catalog includes:

  • High-precision real-time correction services (< 10 cm 95 %).
  • Enhanced convergence service (< 1 min) based on regional correction currents.
  • Secure, high-precision real-time correction services designed specifically for autonomous driving applications (with ASIL-B certification).
  • Post-processing services.

The MagicPPP correction service is based on precise multi-GNSS data products (orbits, clocks, code and phase skews, atmospheric corrections, and integrity data) computed in real time with proprietary GMV processing software and raw GNSS measurement data supplied by a global network of reference stations owned and operated by GMV. This infrastructure enables GMV to offer correction services under service level agreements (SLAs) with different frameworks.

Unlike other traditional high-precision positioning techniques, such as RTK, MagicPPP does not require data from continuously operating reference stations (CORS) located near the user. However, the service is compatible with standard RTK positioning engines through the use of an RTK converter developed by GMV.

GMV can also supply several user terminals fully compatible with the MagicPPP correction service, including portable battery-powered terminals.

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Reliable resilient PNT solutions

GMV has consolidated its status as a provider of resilient, reliable GNSS-based PNT solutions for the defense and national security markets.

The catalog of solutions offered by GMV includes the following:

  • Solutions for the Galileo public regulated service (PRS), such as independent presence receivers, server-based solutions, and TETRA/LTE integrated solutions. All these solutions implement advanced interference and identity theft detection and mitigation techniques.
  • Advanced GNSS interference detection and analysis systems, such as srx-10i.

In the area of resilient synchronization, GMV has developed a precise UTC time distribution solution via fiber optics called WANTime, which is offered as a service. WANTime was designed based on the robust synchronization requirements of sectors such as banking (derived from European regulation MiFID II), finance, and data centers. The solution guarantees access to precise clock synchronization in situations in which it is impossible to install a GNSS antenna, when there is low satellite visibility, or when there is a risk of interference in the GNSS. WANTime is traceable to official Spanish UTC time provided by the Royal Naval Observatory (ROA).

Products

Interference Detection and Analysis System. 

General Information

GMV offers complete ground segments for telecommunications satellite missions, including flight dynamics, mission planning, real-time satellite surveillance and control systems, M&C ground stations, and payload management solutions.

GMV is the top independent provider of ground control systems in the world. Over 40 telecommunications operators and agencies and more than 300 satellites have selected GMV technology, and 40% of all commercial COMSATs launched in the past 10 years are controlled with our products and solutions.

Right from the start, our products navigate on the world’s leading commercial satellite platforms and provide standardized operational support for any number of satellites, whatever the model or manufacturer.

Our range of products for telecommunications enable manual and lights out operations, as well as unlimited customization options, so they adapt to our clients, and not the other way around.

GMV also provides operational support to a number of telecommunications satellite operators.

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Satellite monitoring and control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

Your ground resources under control

Satellite and Mission Control

GMV has worked on satellite command and control systems since 1986 and, after all those years, it has undoubtedly become the top provider for commercial telecommunications operators. Nearly 40% of the global telecommunications satellite launches are controlled by our portfolio of products, specifically the hifly® and fleet families.

GMV provides immediate support for command and control to all commercially relevant telecommunication satellite platforms, from single nanosatellites to mega-constellation solutions, including Astrium, Boeing Satellite Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Maxar, Thales Alenia Space, Mitsubishi Electric Space Systems, OHB Space Systems, ISRO, and ISS Reshetnev.

Our command and control systems are used by institutional systems on both sides of the Atlantic (NASA Goddard, NASA Johnson, USGS, JPL, ESA, EUMETSAT, CNES, etc.), as well as by commercial operators from around the world (Arabsat, Azercosmos, BRISat, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Hellas SAT, MEASAT, NBN Co, Nilesat, Optus, SES Astra, SES Americom, SES New Skies, SES-Sirius, Star One, Thaicom, Turksat, and Visiona).

Products

Satellite monitoring and control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

Flight Dynamics

GMV is a global point of reference in operational flight dynamics systems and orbit determination. One of the keys to success lies in the excellence of its technology and its COTS products (focusSuite family), which is the result of a significant and prolonged investment in R&D.

GMV is the leading provider worldwide of control centers for telecommunications satellite operators. Its best selling products are flight dynamics systems, which are now present on over 300 satellites.

The COTS products set GMV apart from the competition, as they provide a proven multi-mission and multi-platform flight solution that can be easily configured and scaled to support future missions. In fact, GMV is not only compatible with most commercial platforms from American and European manufacturers, but also with manufacturers from other regions, including Asia, as is the case for MELCO.

The GMV focusSuite family covers a wide range of support products for flight dynamics operators in all types of missions, such as GEO, HEO, LEO, MEO, and constellations. Some of the unique functions provided are automation, conjunction analysis and advanced viewing and analysis tools.

GMV’s client portfolio in the telecommunications sector includes Arabsat, Avanti, Azersat, BRIsat, Eutelsat, GalobalIP, Globalstar, HellasSat, Hispasat, Hisdesat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Jsat Skyperfect, Measat, NBN.co, Newsat, Nilesat, O3B, Optus, PSN, Space Norway, StarOne, Telenor, Telespazio, Thaicom, Türksat, Visiona, Worldspace, and Yahsat, among others.

 

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Payload Management Systems

GMV has taken part in supplying payload management solutions in the telecommunications sector since 2006, the year smart rings was installed on the AMC-14 satellite. Today, the smart payload product portfolio, designed for intelligent payload management, meets the needs of all types of payload in the telecommunications sector, from traditional payloads to those defined by software. This enables simple and secure operations that optimize the satellite resources, while minimizing interference.

These tools integrate with the rest of the GMV products to facilitate satellite and mission control, which lead to highly autonomous operations, if necessary.

GMV offers ready-to-use products, CONOPS and support throughout the mission, although the customization options are unlimited. The smart payload family of products incorporates algorithms from various sources:

  • From the manufacturer: it integrates algorithms provided by the payload manufacturer.
  • Proprietary development: GMV develops proprietary algorithms (bent pipe ring redundancy solver, directable mechanical antennas, etc.).
  • Public: GMV implements public algorithms (classification of multiple signals MUSIC, ITU-R, DVB-S2, etc.)

GMV’s top references are Arabsat, Avanti, Eutelsat, Hellasat, Hispasat, Optus, Star One, Turksat, Visiona, and Yahsat.

Ground Station Monitoring and Control

GMV’s product portfolio provides monitoring and control functions (e.g., with the products in the magnet family) for telecommunications mission ground stations.

Our solutions cover everything from single antenna systems to networks of multi-antenna ground stations distributed geographically, integrated into a single, standardized interface that covers local and remote monitoring and control, which enables manual operations and fully automated operations (procedure-based) for quick, reactive reconfiguration of the ground chains.

Our primary references are Eutelsat, Azercosmos, NBN Co, Visiona, Gilat & NWIEE, Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), EUMETSAT (EPS Second Generation), and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).

Products

Your ground resources under control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

General Information

GMV has developed systems for 80 Earth observation (EO) satellites on missions for the ESA, EUMETSAT, Copernicus, CNES, DLR, NASA, and Hisdesat.

The company plays an important roll on European meteorological missions as the lead contractor for the second-generation ground control segments of the EUMETSAT (EPS SG) polar system and the third generation of Meteosat (MTG). We also develop instrument data processing systems and the quality tool for the MTG instruments. Within the framework of EPS SG, GMV is developing the Ground Processor Prototype for the dispersometer.

It also makes key contributions, such as satellite control centers, flight dynamics, mission planning, end-to-end simulations, and instrument data processing on all ESA Earth Explorer missions (including SMOS, GOCE, Aeolus, Cryosat, Swarm, and EarthCARE).

Copernicus, the world’s largest Earth observation program, also includes a great deal of GMV technology. For this program, GMV developed the satellite control centers and flight dynamics systems for all the Sentinels. It also developed satellite simulators, mission planning, and instrument processing systems for most Sentinels. In addition, it provides the operational service for precise orbit determination (POD) for the entire Copernicus program and has signed a major framework contract with the EU to define the next generation of the Copernicus space segment.

GMV is also one of the leading collaborators on the National Earth Observation Program, where the company's full force came together to ensure the excellent performance of the Paz and Ingenio satellites. It also works with NASA and NOAA on their Landsat, GOES-R, and OCO missions. 

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Satellite monitoring and control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

Earth Explorers

GMV’s contribution is key to the ESA Earth Explorer missions.

GMV developed the mission control system for ERS-1, Cryosat 1/2, GOCE, SMOS, SWARM, and EarthCARE.

Within the scope of the payload data processing ground segment, GMV developed the data processors for SMOS (L0), Swarm L1b, L1b NRT & L2, EarthCARE L0, BBR L1b, MSI L1b, and Lidar L1b/L1c.

GMV engineers working at the ESOC facilities in Darmstadt, Germany, provide flight support to all Earth observation missions, as well as operational support.

GMV has provided mission analysis for BIOMASA, FLEX, EarthCARE, CarbonSat, CoReH2O, and PREMIER.

In the area of satellite simulators, GMV has provided the end-to-end performance simulator for FLEX and PREMIER, the instrument simulator for CarbonSat and the operational simulator for EarthCARE.

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Satellite monitoring and control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

EUMETSAT

GMV is one of EUMETSAT's primary vendors.

It is the lead contractor for the mission control and operations system (MCO) for the second-generation EUMETSAT (EPS SG) polar system and the mission operations facility (MOF) for the third generation of Meteosat (MTG). These are two major contracts covering the entire ground control segment for the EPS-SG and MTG series satellites.

In the case of EPS-SG, GMV has also developed tools and a dispersometer simulator for processing on the ground.

In the case of MTG, GMV is also one of the primary contributors of the ground segment for payload data, as it is responsible for the development of the instrument quality tool and instrument data processing systems.

GMV experts also provide on-site services to EUMETSAT in the area of ground system operations and engineering.

Copernicus

GMV is one of the primary vendors of Copernicus program infrastructure.

The company developed satellite control centers for all Sentinels. It also integrated the entire flight operations segment of the third Sentinel for EUMETSAT.

In the payload data ground segment, GMV has developed the instrument processing system of the second Sentinel, the ocean and land color control instrument (OLCI) software, and mission planning for the first, third, and sixth Sentinels.

It has also developed and runs the precise orbit determination (POD) operational service for the entire Copernicus program constellation.

In terms of operational simulators, GMV developed simulators for the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-5P satellites.

GMV is also working under a contract for the European Commission to define the next generation of satellites in the Copernicus space program.

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Satellite Constellation Management Support

PNOTS: National Earth Observation Program

In Spain, the National Earth Observation Program counted GMV among its primary contributors.

In the space segment, GMV has carried out mission analysis activities and developed the Ingenio operational satellite simulator. The Ingenio ground processor prototype was also developed as part of the space segment contract framework.

In the ground segment, GMV has played a leading role, as it was responsible for the entire ground control segment for the Ingenio and Paz satellites. The company's responsibilities include satellite control centers, flight dynamics, and mission planning. The payload data ground segment is another one in which GMV has played an important role, as it was responsible for mission planning and user services.

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

Satellite monitoring and control

Satellite and ground telemetry parameters archive

Satellite and ground procedure automation

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

DLR/NASA/NOAA

GMV engineers have participated heavily in the development, launch, and routine operations of several missions in the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Past and present Earth observation missions include CHAMP, GRACE, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, GRACE-FO, and EnMAP.

GMV has also made significant contributions to NASA and NOAA missions. Our top references are the GOES-R/S flight dynamics system, the Landsat mission archive and planning, and the OCO/OCO-2 and GLORY flight dynamics systems, among others.

Products

Flight dynamics system tools for operations in the satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), including transfer strategies

Satellite Constellation Management Support

Flight Dynamics System Tools For Satellites in Low (LEO) and Medium (MEO) Earth Orbits

Complete Cycle Support for Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellites

Definition, evaluation, and optimization of station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites.

One line of products for all flight dynamics operations

General Information

GMV has developed systems and technologies for exploration and science satellites for ESA, NASA, and Roscosmos missions, among others.

It participates notably in the space segment as well as in operations and the ground segment. Developments in the space segment include mission analysis, satellite simulators, AOCS/GNC systems and technologies, onboard software, and validation tools. GMV’s offering in the ground segment includes both ground control segments and rover operations and science operations centers. GMV engineers also provide operational on-site support to most European robotic and scientific exploration missions.

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Missions to the Moon and Mars

GMV is one of the leading collaborators on the ESA Exomars mission. For Exomars 2016, it developed the onboard software for the GNC entry, descent, and landing system. It is also responsible for the onboard software for Exomars 2021. GMV was also responsible for the design, development, integration, and validation of the rover control system for the ground segment.

GMV is leading ESA technology actions for future missions to Mars, such as the Mars Sample Return mission. It has the most advanced control, navigation, and guidance technology in Europe to conduct complex approach and coupling missions, as well as autonomous operations with rovers.

It also plays an important role in the area of landing precision in future moon missions, such as Luna-Resurs, a collaboration between the ESA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and on the Heracles robotic mission.

ESA's Fleet in the Solar System

GMV’s extensive collaboration with the ESA includes multiple activities on the Agency's scientific missions.

GMV developed the Bepi-Colombo mission control systems, SOLO and JUICE, and plays an important role on the operations and flight dynamics team at the ESA’s European Space Operations Center (ESOC), including the great challenge of the Rosetta mission.

GMV staff at the ESA European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC) provide support to scientific operations on all of ESA’s scientific missions.

In the space segment, GMV has developed the navigation camera for JUICE and contributed to the AOCS mission. It also performs important functions in the A/B1 phases on the THESUES and SPICA missions.

ESA's Fleet across the Spectrum

GMV also provides support to ESA missions beyond the solar system.

The company has developed the entire ground control segment and the CHEOPS satellite simulator, the first ESA class S mission.

GMV personnel working at the ESOC and the ESAC play an important role in flight dynamics and operations.

GMV has notably contributed to the Gaia mission's demanding processing requirements. It is also overseeing the development and validation of the onboard software on Euclid and Lisa Pathfinder.

NASA and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos

In addition to the ESA missions, GMV has also provided suppliers to other agencies, such as NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Some of the most important projects are NASA’s lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO), for which GMV developed the mission planning system.

Within the framework of a bilateral cooperation agreement, GMV designed and developed the entire ground segment for the World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) for Roscosmos.

Products

General Information

Within the framework of a contract with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), GMV engineers in Germany have been working for years on the ESA Columbus project. Columbus is the European scientific laboratory and part of the international space station.

The monitoring and control module from the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC), located at the DLR's German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, outside Munich, Germany.

Our contributions cover everything from the design, integration, and validation of the ground system to engineering and operations maintenance and development of software tools.

Products

Web-based software suite offering 24/7 support for mission-critical operations

Ground Segment

Our experience with systems engineering in critical mission environments has been key to the design, implementation, integration, validation, and maintenance of the Columbus ground segment.

GMV is currently working on the engineering and sustained operations of the ground segment's system and subsystems. Our engineers are responsible for daily system maintenance and updates.

The experience and contributions of GMV engineers cover a wide range of subsystems, from data distribution (DaSS), high-speed data streamer, monitoring and control (MCS), and video distribution (ViDS) to the interconnection ground subnetwork (IGS).

GMV is also deeply involved in the design of the future data systems, e.g., the framework of an ESA study on delay-tolerant networking (DTN). As part of this project, we have researched the possible benefits of DTN and developed scenarios and a simulator for DTN networks.

Products

Web-based software suite offering 24/7 support for mission-critical operations

Operations and Planning

At the Columbus Control Center, GMV is the top provider of services for real-time in-flight and ground operations. Our engineers monitor and control the onboard thermal, environmental, computer, and power systems and interact directly with the flight control team at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, and the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama.

GMV ground control engineers monitor and control the telemetry and control, video, and voice systems to support all Columbus operations. Incoming data from the ISS are sent to the Columbus Control Center, where they are filed and distributed to 10 European user centers. We provide the real-time support needed to keep the ground system functioning and maintained.

Our mission planners coordinate onboard experiments with the European research centers responsible for guaranteeing that all assets have sufficient resources allocated on board the ISS. With regard to the ground segment, we are responsible for providing support to preparation and planning activities, always with strict respect for the applicable requirements and limitations.

Products

Web-based software suite offering 24/7 support for mission-critical operations

GMV develops software applications in many areas, such as operational support, complex system simulations, 3D views, high-speed data distribution, video, databases, and client/server applications, among others.

All this practical knowledge, combined with our experience in operations, allows us to develop a set of operational support tools (OST). This suite provides the framework for processes such as generating information and problem reports, processing changes, programming resources, managing events, documenting communications, and managing the information flow. These web-based modular tools are designed to easily transfer to foreign systems.

To facilitate training on operations, GMV engineers have developed the Columbus Desktop Trainer, a powerful simulator that can be configured to use simulated data generated internally, real-time system data aimed at the Desktop Trainer or a combination of the two. More information on the Columbus Desktop Trainer.

GMV created another training simulator to simulate a Ka band antenna, which provides the Columbus module with additional capabilities for uplink and downlink through the EDRS constellation. This simulator was developed using the ESOC SIMULUS framework, and the Columbus flight control team uses it for training, simulations, and procedure validation.

GMV also developed a 3D viewing tool for the ISS and the Columbus module. orbitSIM complements training and presentations with a high-quality interactive 3D view of spaceship mechanics.

Products

Web-based software suite offering 24/7 support for mission-critical operations

General Information

GMV’s evergrowing experience in avionics and onboard guidance, navigation, and control is clear in space transportation.

GMV has developed key systems for a series of load systems, such as ATV, IXV, and the Space Rider. In launchers, GMV is maturing its avionics technology within the framework of the ESA’s VEGA program and with the cooperation of PLD Space.

GMV is also one of the leading European companies in the development of advanced technology for future space transportation systems, such as our advanced avionics test bench.

Load Vehicles

Since the ATV mission, the role of GMV on load missions is increasingly important. On this mission, GMV took responsibility for a significant part of the operations and flight dynamics from the first flight in 2008 to the last in 2015.

GMV developed the onboard software in ESA’s experimental IXV vehicle, in addition to part of the onboard GNC system navigation and identification of the reentry aerodynamics parameters. On the ESA's Space Rider, GMV has similar responsibilities.

The company has also collaborated with the Sierra Nevada Corporation on the usage analysis of the Dream Chaser for the active elimination of waste.

Launchers

GMV has participated in the development of the flight program software (FPS-A) for VEGA. In collaboration with AVIO, it was also responsible for the development of the algorithms, definition, prototyping, testing, and validation of all aspects of the GNC. It has also provided support in the definition of the new avionics (with a specific role on the systems team), the sensor emulation box, and the separation switch boxes for the VEGA-C, as well as the engine control unit for the VEGA-E.

GMV develops all of the avionics for PLD Space for the Miura-1 and Miura-5 vehicles. This includes the power subsystem and data management system; the guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) subsystem; onboard software, payload management, and telemetry, as well as the autonomous tracking technology and the termination system. In late 2019, following a long and meticulous test field on the ground, the system passed the qualification phase.
 

General Information

Security and protection in space covers the areas of space meteorology, space junk, planetary protection, and clean space, and it aims to mitigate and prevent the impact of the risks associated with space as well as protect our planet, its inhabitants, and the vital infrastructures that we depend on.

In all of these areas, GMV has become one of the leading European players. In the Space Surveillance and Tracking sector in particular, GMV is a leading provider of the ESA SST program, leader of the SST Spanish Operations Center, and a key provider for CNES SST activities. In planetary defense, GMV is part of the core team that is designing the HERA mission, where it is responsible for all of the GNC system. GMV is also one of the primary players in the area of active waste elimination, where it supports the most promising services under development and develops key technologies for the service in orbit and the elimination of waste.

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Space Waste and Climatology

GMV plays an important role in ESA’s SST program, for which it has led over 20 projects, some of which have included strong leadership in integration and services, cataloging, task assignment, and sensor coordination within the framework of the SST program.

GMV is also a key provider of the CNES activities within the framework of the SST program, such as the development and operation of the BAS3E simulator and the OSMOSE catalog with data from the TAROT telescopes.

In this area, it also leads the development, maintenance and operation of the Spanish SST Operations Center, which is part of the European Union’s network of SST centers.

GMV also provides collision alert and evasion services to over 10 satellite operators and more than 80 satellites.

In the space segment, GMV has led the definition of ESA’s space based space surveillance (SBSS) demo mission and the permanent SBSS system. We have also provided support for system studies in phase A/B1 for the Lagrange mission.

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Planetary Protection

GMV has acquired quite possibly one-of-a-kind experience in autonomous GNC systems for all space mission interplanetary trajectories, with special focus on missions related to near-Earth objects (NEO).

GMV is responsible for the onboard guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) system on the HERA asteroid mission. It was also responsible for the GNC system in the definition and design phases of the AIM (Asteroid Impact Mission) precursor. GMV was also in charge of the mission analysis and GNC for Marco Polo, a medium-class mission to return samples of near Earth objects (NEO) that was a candidate for ESA’s 2015-2025 Cosmic Vision program.

GMV is also participating in the design and development of Juventas, a Cubesat 6U developed as a "descendant” of the HERA mother ship for conducting additional research on asteroids.

From the technological standpoint, GMV has the highest TRL level in Europe for GNC for NEO approach, landing, and sampling operations, and it has unique technology for autonomous GNC systems in this field.

Clean Space

GMV is very active in the development of technology and programs related to the orbit service and the active removal of waste.

It also played a key role in the definition of active waste elimination missions, such as ANDROID and ADR-LEOCOM, under contracts with the ESA. It has also contributed to the mission analysis and design of the GNC system in the definition of the ESA e-Deorbit mission.

GMV has developed a number of key technologies for the orbit service and active waste elimination, such as services based on robotic arms, active clean-up solutions, approach and coupling operations, etc.

In the ground segment, GMV is providing support to Astroscale’s ELSA-D mission, where it is responsible for the flight dynamics subsystems and mission planning.

From satellite imagery to services

Satellites observe the Earth in a privileged way. While rotating our planet, satellites register images in a consistent and timely manner, providing unbiased data for an array of decision-making topics. Earth Observation satellites have been with us for more than 60 years now. These mature space technologies have blended most effectively with new analytics and big data, in response to the major societal challenges, reflected by United Nations in the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Satellite data processing and analysis drive GMV’s core business, supported by in-situ data and environmental modelling. GMV’s solutions leverage upon advanced analysis techniques, such as: machine and deep learning, data fusion, cloud computing, and broad statistical analysis. Earth scenarios are complex and varied; geospatial information data bases can be massive, because of the area covered or the period observed. Our multi-disciplinary analysis capacity is possible thanks to a multi-skilled team: we provide effective solutions for climate resilience, forestry, agriculture, security, emergency, water, and humanitarian aid and development among other applied fields upon custom request.

GMV offers support in terms of products, services and applications to international institutions, national governments, local administrations, and commercial enterprises around the world. Our focus is placed on our clients’ objectives, such as being better informed, managing key assets, identifying changes and trends, making forecasts and estimations or building up resilience. In brief, GMV backs up customers’ actions with accurate data, helping them achieve their core missions.

At GMV we are proud of applying our experience and multi-disciplinary background to our geospatial solutions to meet our partners' needs with services that range from environmental risk assessments to the definition of a climate resilience strategy, precision farming or the monitoring of IDP camps.

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Earth Observation Services for Forest Management

Earth Observation Services for Climate Resilience

Agriculture

GMV has developed specific applications for the agricultural sector using Earth observation (EO) data that provide contextual information on agriculture and food security. GMV offers:

  • An integrated solution to benefit governments and paying agencies under the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP):
    • Crop type mapping
    • Agricultural practices
  • An integrated solution to improve the main challenge faced by farmers: increasing the quality and performance of their production, while minimizing their environmental impact and reducing the cost of supplies. This solution includes services based on Earth observation, data from on-site weather stations, and farming practices:
    • Climate, biophysical, and biochemical indexes
    • Crop status and photosynthetic activity
    • Soil water content and crop evapotranspiration rates
    • Disease risk alert system and fertilization recommendations
    • Harvest monitoring
    • Yield estimation
    • Tree crop censuses
    • Ad-hoc services are also considered

GMV’s catalogue of agricultural services, Wineo, merges long-time series from NASA, ESA, Copernicus and private missions, weather stations, on-site sensors, narrowband communications, and field-operation registers. Traditional, machine, and deep learning techniques are employed to provide advanced products such as weekly health status reports, daily irrigation needs, near real-time disease risk alarms and treatment recommendations, periodic yield estimations, and harvested area reports

Climate resilience

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge in recorded history. It has wide-ranging impacts across socioeconomic sectors and eco-biological systems, with the most severe consequences being faced by poor and vulnerable communities in low-income countries.

Climate risk management promotes climate-informed decision-making to alleviate the vulnerability associated with risks posed by climate change. This requires good quality data, which are often lacking in developing countries. Earth observation has great potential to facilitate climate resilient development, as it makes it possible to accurately capture large-scale environmental data over a range of spatial and temporal resolutions. This information, when combined with socioeconomic data, makes it easier to manage climate risks and introduce adaptation solutions into policies to improve the resilience of livelihoods and production systems.

GMV provides EO-based climate products to international development agencies and multilateral organizations to build their climate rationale for investment planning, and for their client states to help them meet their long-term climate resilient development goals. GMV’s catalogue of climate services, Eoclima, supports climate change risk assessment and monitoring (hazard, exposure, and vulnerability), provides information for climate change adaptation solutions, and contributes to climate adaptation-mitigation synergistic approaches in support of the REDD+ program.

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Earth Observation Services for Climate Resilience

Emergency

Climate change and its effects are being felt increasingly more frequently and intensely. Potentially disastrous events are increasing substantially, with more heavy storms and rains, more record-breaking temperatures and fires, all with greater destructive force and many other extremes. The loss of natural resources, food insecurity, direct and indirect health impacts and, as a consequence, migrations, are also on the rise.

EO data can be useful at every stage of the emergency management cycle. GMV has been involved in developing Europe’s EO-based emergency management capabilities since the early stages. In fact, it has been a major contributor, namely through its participation in the Copernicus Emergency Management Service.

GMV’s offer in this sector includes a set of services and geospatial products that planning managers, emergency response teams, and decision-makers can easily and quickly use when they need them the most. These services, all of which help to reduce disaster risks or impacts, span across many areas of emergency management, including exposure mapping (population, infrastructures, assets, etc.), vulnerability mapping (socioeconomic factors), planning and surveillance, risk assessment, damage grading, and recovery monitoring.

  • Rapid mapping of disaster events
  • Disaster monitoring
  • Impact/Exposure assessments
  • Disaster risk assessment
  • Reference maps
  • Flood modeling
  • Reconstruction monitoring

Immediately following a disaster, GMV products are supplied to the emergency response within hours or days. The information generated by the service can be used as supplied (e.g. as digital or printed map outputs) or it may be further combined with other data sources (e.g. as digital feature sets in a geographic information system).

Major users can include civil protection and relief authorities, humanitarian aid actors, and others involved in recovery, risk reduction, and preparedness activities.

Forestry

Forest ecosystems are under increasing pressure due to climate change and growing anthropogenic activity. Today more than ever, sustainable forest management is particularly challenging. Reliable data are needed for silvicultural tasks, from afforestation to thinning or clear-cutting. Promoting forests’ circular bio-economy is just as important as managing biodiversity challenges.

Satellite, LiDAR, and climate-based forest information helps to tackle day-to-day challenges by reducing operation costs and increasing performance, enhancing data accessibility and usability, and enabling innovative management solutions. Eoforest is GMV’s catalogue of forestry-related geo-information products. Eoforest supports active management: inventory, protection, restoration, mitigation, and adaptation. The Eoforest team has worked on forestry-related projects over the past 15 years and in more than 20 countries for international clients. Based on the knowledge acquired, Eoforest has been co-designed with forest owners and wood industry stakeholders to provide technical support for sustainable forest operations.

Silvicultural management based on remotely sensed data is an instrument aligned with the European Green Deal and the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program. It also supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Earth Observation Services for Forest Management

Humanitarian action

Addressing fragile and conflict-affected situations is a strategic priority when it comes to working towards SDG 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

According to the UN Refugee Agency, the number of people fleeing war, persecution, and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, reaching by 2020’s end more than 91.9 million people. The sudden or gradual alterations in the natural environment related to climate change (e.g. sea-level rise, extreme weather events, and water scarcity) produce climate refugees. According to the World Bank (2021), lack of water has been recently linked to 10% of the rise in global migration.

Conflict, insecurity, global warming, weak institutions, and limited access to justice remain great challenges. Conflicts can cause strong environmental effects related to land, air, water, and biota pollution, as well as the degradation of key resources, such as water, rangelands, agricultural land, and forests. Hostilities coupled with climate change can influence an ecosystem’s status: environmental degradation affects biodiversity, influences migration routes, and can even cause the extinction of the most vulnerable species.

EO data can be used to provide development assistance and humanitarian aid during or in the aftermath of conflicts. GMV has been involved in projects with the World Bank and the European Space Agency to support prevention and early actions to address fragility, conflict, and violence.

GMV’s offer in this sector includes a set of services and geospatial products for assessing forced displacement dynamics over time, monitoring refugee camps, determining damage and needs in conflict zones, facilitating early warning and early action on conflicts, analyzing compound risks, and assessing the environmental effects of conflicts. All of these actions are crucial for evidence-based decision-making, coordination of needs and investments, and proposals for longer-term durable solutions.

Security

The global and diverse nature of threats to our security has never been so great and it has long been recognized that geospatial information provides a unique perspective to assist in understanding and responding to the challenges posed.

GMV has been involved in developing Europe’s EO-based operational security capabilities since the early stages. In fact, it has been a major contributor, namely through its participation in the Copernicus Security Service.

GMV’s offering covers several security domains in the framework of intelligence and defense activities, including maritime surveillance (e.g. vessel detection), critical infrastructure mapping, border monitoring, evacuation planning, IDP camp analysis, environmental crime detection, and counterterrorism.

Our security services explore end-to-end techniques, from IMINT expert knowledge to machine learning, using a wide range of satellite data (SAR and optical) from very high to medium spatial resolutions, enabling fast, scale independent, and accurate analysis and reporting for enhanced situational awareness over land or sea, anywhere on Earth.

The developed products consist of maps, geospatial data, reports, and alerts which include a wide range of observable features extracted from satellite images and open-source data to provide the characterization of the targets of interest as well as background geographical information and representation of the analyzed areas.

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Water

Water touches almost every aspect of development – climate change, food security, urban development, disaster risk management, environment, gender equality, health, energy, etc. GMV offers EO-based solutions combined with model outputs to help manage inland water and marine challenges, such as water scarcity, water quality, and marine pollution.

Inland water management:

Only 0.5% of the Earth’s water is available fresh water. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population, while over 21.5% of the population currently live in river basins where water use exceeds recharge, which will further exacerbate this situation. GMV offers services for monitoring water availability and its sustainable management to ensure optimal resource management and for monitoring hydrological extremes, from floods to droughts. GMV also uses satellite data to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration, organic matter content, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, water turbidity, and other parameters influencing water bodies’ water quality. These services can be used for managing fish farms and aquaculture and monitoring environmental stewardship measures on the associated river catchments. GMV’s catalogue of climate services, Eoclima, supports climate change risk assessment and monitoring, and adaptation solutions to climate change.

Marine and coastal management:

Marine pollution is a devastating problem that calls for new conceptual and technological solutions to help prevent, detect, monitor, and mitigate the consequences of this environmental degradation. Simons is GMV’s EO-based solution to detect marine pollution (plastics and oil spills). The approaches developed take advantage of multispectral optical satellite data, satellite radar data, and machine learning techniques to identify floating debris and spills. These services can be leveraged to identify marine pollution hotspots, understand flow dynamics, and improve decision-making.

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Earth Observation Services for Climate Resilience

General Information

Technology is the essence of the GMV strategy and one of our primary differentiating aspects. In fact, GMV invests in technology development and is one of the most active European companies in ESA and EU technology programs: such as the ESA's TRP, GSTP, EOEP, FLPP, ARTES, and NAVISP and the EU's Horizon 2020 program.

Normally under framework contracts, GMV works hand-in-hand with its clients and develops core technology for ESA , CNES, EUMETSAT and other leading space agencies.

Technology Demo Missions

GMV has participated in many technology demo missions such as those indicated below.

The company is part of the core team that is developing PROBA-3, a unique training flight demonstration. GMV has taken on full responsibility for the training flight system, for which it is developing an onboard guidance, navigation, and control subsystem, as well as the ground flight dynamics system and the training flight monitoring system.

GMV is a key partner of the OPS-SAT nano-Saturn flight laboratory to test new mission control and onboard techniques for which it developed the onboard software.

It is also a key partner in the definition and design of the experimental autonomous approach and coupling mission CubeSats (RACE).

Space Robotics Technologies

GMV is developing the most advanced European autonomous guidance, navigation, and control technology for space robotics. We play central role in the EU's PERASPERA program (Strategic Research Cluster on Space Robotics Technologies), which includes the following elements:

  • ESROCOS: development of the operating system for controlling space robots
  • ERGO: autonomous or artificial intelligence system
  • FACILITATORS: validation testing phase at several European laboratories
  • ADE: autonomous decision-making on long voyages
  • Responsible for ERGO and ESROCOS in MOSAR, EROS, and PROACTC

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