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Teledyne e2v receives UK Space Agency grant to develop AI processes for intelligent detection

RAPID - Real-time AI processes for Intelligent Detection to help manage high data volumes generated on space-based Earth Observation platforms aimed at tackling climate change

Chelmsford, UK, December 8, 2020Teledyne e2v’s Space Imaging team, a part of the Teledyne Imaging Group, has secured funding from the UK Space Agency’s National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) that will demonstrate and help support intelligent image processing platforms. The funding is in response to the 2020/2021 NSIP theme for “Earth Observation to Tackle Climate Change” and will be jointly delivered with Craft Prospect, based in Glasgow.

Earth Observation (EO) satellites have a significant role in monitoring both the causes and effects of climate change. This includes detecting and identifying sources of emissions, measuring levels of greenhouse gases and studying vegetation growth. Image sensors designed for Earth Observation (EO) have large number pixel formats and fast operating rates which present great challenges for data management in the satellite itself and for data downlink given the vast amount of data generated. The RAPID project is designed to help manage the high data volumes generated.

Often only a small part of this data is needed to service the mission goals i.e. capturing, processing and transferring via downlink. Handling the entire image scene may be wasteful, instead determining the data of interest within the image capture system and only processing that information before transmitting to a ground station on Earth is an obvious advantage.

The NSIP is the UK Space Agency’s programme established to support the development of innovation in the UK’s space sector. In collaboration with Craft Prospect, the RAPID project establishes a new consortium bringing together Teledyne e2v’s world-leading space imaging capabilities with Craft Prospect’s cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. In the discovery phase the consortium will use space-ready hardware to establish the RAPID test and demonstration system.

Steve Greenland – Managing Director, Craft Prospect said: “Craft Prospect is thrilled to be working with Teledyne e2v, combining their cutting-edge CCD-on-CMOS detectors with our real-time image processing capabilities. Together, our RAPID project will lay the groundwork for the next generation of responsive Earth observation missions, providing AI powered detection on-board instruments.”

Christophe Tatard – Vice President Product and Business Development, Teledyne e2v said: “Providing a route to test and develop intelligent Earth observation solutions is an important UK capability to grow, building off our industry leading CMOS image sensor technology and partnering with Craft Prospect we are in a unique position to leverage the flexibility of our CMOS sensors designed for space applications.”

About

Teledyne e2v is part of the Teledyne Imaging Group. Their innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security and industrial markets. Teledyne e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the market and application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully-custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems. For more information, visit https://www.teledyne-e2v.com

Teledyne Imaging is a group of leading-edge companies aligned under the Teledyne Technologies [TDY] umbrella. Teledyne Imaging forms an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum with decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other’s strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, scientific research, spectroscopy, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne Imaging offers world-wide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies, and vision solutions are built to deliver to their customers a unique and competitive advantage.

For more information, visit https://www.teledyneimaging.com/

About Craft Prospect Limited

Craft Prospect delivers mission enabling capabilities in artificial intelligence and quantum technology to power future space missions and services.  With a focus in smart secure space systems, the company provides a range of technology products and architecture services allowing developers to maximise the return from their missions.  The team is preparing their own quantum key distribution demonstrator, ROKS, for launch in 2022.

Contact:

Teledyne e2v - Mark Bown – mark.bown@teledyne.com

Craft Prospect Ltd - Zynab Al-Adhami - zayneb@craftprospect.com

Published 2020-12-08
Relevance: Aerospace & Defense Teledyne e2v

Example application for AI in Earth observation using high data volume imaging

Image courtesy of Craft Prospect Ltd



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