Develop technologies and competences to monitor and value the Oceans in a sustainable fashion.
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One of the most valuable resources we must protect is the world’s Oceans. Oceans have a prominent role in the Earth ecosystem, as they cover most of the Earth’s surface, contain millions of plants and animals, influence global weather, and produces about 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Oceans are thus essential for technological, scientific, economic, and social development, having enabled exploration and commerce for hundreds of years.
As Portugal starts to assume a stronger position as a robust space-faring nation, the Consortium looks for the scientific and economic synergies from New Space technologies and opportunities that could be leveraged to prospect, monitor and value the Oceans in a sustainable manner, aligned with both the “Atlantic Interactions” research agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
AEROS Constellation (AEROS) project intends to develop a nanosatellite platform as a precursor of a future constellation to leverage the Space/Ocean scientific and economic synergies. The project is formed by a consortium of Portuguese companies, research institutes and universities.
It shall develop Portuguese technologies and competencies to monitor and value the ocean, by combining national and international know-how to build the AEROS nanosatellite constellation.
Managed from Portugal, AEROS is an integrated system of assets and capabilities including different existing, improved, and new platforms operating in the Ocean and Space, equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and technologies, all connected through a communication network linked to a data gathering, processing and dissemination system.
To promote the national scientific and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and boost the links and connections between both, AEROS combines private companies like Edisoft, Spin.Works and DST, universities, as UMinho, FCUP, UAlgarve, IST and IMAR, and research and interface institutions, to better balance the two, including CEiiA and +Atlantic. To fast-track innovation and industrial development and the internationalization that AEROS can achieve, the national entities have partnered with researchers from different fields within MIT.
1. develop and launch
Into orbit a new nanosatellite as a precursor to a future ocean sensing constellation.
2. Develop a miniaturized and efficient spectral imaging
For forecasting ocean fronts and fauna location (optical spectrometer with over 150 bands, around 10nm to 15 nm wide and few meters of angular resolution).
3. Develop reflectometry
For monitoring ocean surface conditions (precision of a few tens of centimeters of sea height and precision of 1.4m/s for wind speeds lower than 20m/s) .
4. Develop flexible software-defined
Communications modules to support connectivity and network operations with both autonomous vehicles and biologging tagging technology (e.g. for mantas and sharks). With 100 kbps to 10 Mbps connections between nanosatellites and deployed sensors.
5. Develop a Data Analysis Centre
To collect, store, process, and analyze data acquired by the payload aboard the satellite and of the assets on the ground linked to the system. Big Data methodologies, including Artificial Intelligence algorithms for classifying data and forecasting ocean evolution, will be employed to disseminate added value data to stakeholders
6. Advancement in the scientific knowledge and development
To collect, store, process, and analyze data acquired by the payload aboard the satellite and of the assets on the ground linked to the system. Big Data methodologies, including Artificial