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MESEO for experts

MESEO aims to design, prototype and demonstrate an open, flexible and scalable multi-mission End-to-End Earth Observation (EO) system for massive data processing.

MESEO puts into place an approach designed to improve quality of service and timeline reactivity by improving the End-to-End EO chain at different levels and processing edges. At the same time, it seeks to reduce communication bandwidth and incorporate new technology with optimised power consumption and processing capabilities.

MESEO will bring these features together within a collaborative digital ecosystem, enabled by an EO Coordinator Centre that used distributed and heterogeneous Processing Functions. Those Functions will be exported through harmonised interfaces, which ensure data sovereignty. MESEO addresses both upstream and downstream segments of the EO data processing value chain.

For each End User data request, the EO Coordinator Centre will assign and activate the correct registered Processing Function, ensuring that the choice is both transparent and optimal from either a timing or quality standpoint.

EO ecosystem players will be able to their products and services as exported Functions within the ecosystem.

Performance enhancements analysis will tackle major bottlenecks on each link of the EO data processing running either on board or on ground. At the same time, MESEO work to ensure space data sovereignty. The MESEO prototype will be demonstrated on pilot applications focused on methane monitoring and crops classification, thus evaluating and demonstrating performance enhancements achieved due to the technological innovations.


MESEO for non-experts

MESEO aims to design, prototype and demonstrate a system to manage and process the huge amount of data that numerous satellites must transfer to numerous end users. These end users, from various sectors, require Earth Observation (EO) products for their businesses (environmental monitoring, defence and security, transports and logistics, food production, insurances and many others).


MESEO puts into place an approach designed to improve quality of service and timeline reactivity, by improving the full End-to-End EO chain (from the satellites to the end users). It seeks to optimise power consumption and processing capabilities, both on satellites and ground systems, in order to reduce communication bottlenecks.

The heart of MESEO is the coordination centre, an ecosystem where specific software (Processing Functions) will manage satellite data and products, guaranteeing their ownership and quality. The MESEO ecosystem will be open to any EO product and service, developed by a variety of space sector players.

Each End User should be able to request specific data. Using the innovative software processes, MESEO’s coordination centre should be able to assess the request and activate the function that can provide the data in the most appropriate form. The reply will give preference to timing or quality, while ensuring transparency and data sovereignty.

The MESEO prototype will be demonstrated on pilot applications that are relevant to some of today’s main environmental challenges, in order to evaluate performance of project innovations. These applications will test data requests related to monitoring of methane emissions and crop classification.


MESEO for children

You know when you need to find a street and you check on a sat nav? Or when you want to know if it will be sunny or rainy tomorrow and you check the forecast? The answers come from information (data) sent to us by satellites. These many satellites go round the Earth (we say they “orbit” the Earth) at different levels and speeds, screening and mapping what they see and sending us the information.

But it’s not just you that needs this information. There are billions of other people like you and not only to check the weather. We use this data to study gases that affect the environment, to see weather patterns, to predict changes to agriculture or forests or even to monitor potential hazards such as volcanic eruptions.

So think about what happens if everyone wants this data at the same time and they want it to provide good, clear but different information? Well, it is like going to a supermarket on a Saturday afternoon. Loads of people, trying to grab the best food first, but getting stuck in a long queue.

The MESEO project is like the supermarket manager and staff. A group of partners working together, using advanced technologies, to see how best to gather, manage and send the satellite data to the people that need it. MESEO looks at how we can ensure that data coming from different satellites (Multi mission) can be processed and transmitted (End to End) quickly (Efficient), safely (Secure), widely and to a high quality (High capacity).

In the end, we hope that MESEO can help make even better use of the huge amount of information that we can gather from space, making our everyday lives better.