Aerospacelab’s vision is to provide a daily global coverage, high quality multispectral data product by operating a constellation of own innovative satellites. A key concept is the seamless interoperability with existing and future Sentinel-2 data products.
Sentinel-2 data is suitable for a wide range of use cases and commercial applications. While exploring the geospatial downstream market, Aerospacelab discovered that revisit was a stringent bottleneck, hindering a lot of potential applications – especially in agriculture where the 5 days revisit can translate into weeks without data due to cloud induced coverage disruptions.
Satellite imagery users are waiting for a data product combining the high quality of Sentinel-2 with high revisit rate.
Three main types of users will benefit from MSCM data products:
1. European institutions
2. Private commercial companies, including:
– Value-Added Services providers
– Large scale commodity traders/producers and financial services providers
3. Other Sentinel-2 users including Non-Governmental Organizations, institutions, or research centers.
From the MSCM constellation, Aerospacelab intends to deliver the following products to users, through a User Portal:
MSCM data, archive and fresh, disseminated to the users in:
– Level 1C
– Level 2A
This data is provided through subscriptions to the users, among which private companies delivering crop management services. Or through ad-hoc requests for specific use cases.
Aerospacelab aims at offering a data product of quality comparable to Sentinel-2 products, with daily global coverage and additional bands. It will be seamlessly interoperable with Sentinel-2 data from the user’s perspective, with an affordable pricing, enhancing current models and enabling new applications.
MSCM officially kicked off in December 2020 and is reaching System Requirement Review in May 2021.