Italy's second generation COSMO-SkyMed constellation of two satellites, also referred to as CSG (COSMO-SkyMed Seconda Generazione), aims at improving the quality of the imaging service, providing the end users with enhanced capabilities in terms of higher number of images and image quality (larger swath and finer spatial and radiometric resolution) with respect to the current COSMO-SkyMed constellation.
The CSG requirements call for additional capabilities (e.g. full polarimetric SAR acquisition modes) granting a greater operative versatility, both in terms of programming capability and the effective sharing of the system resources among different typologies of users requesting images of different characteristics.
Within Italy’s Second Generation COSMO-SkyMed constellation of two satellites, Planetek is responsible for the design and implementation of the following processing facilities:
- PFMOS: Processor that takes in input CSG Level 1D (Ground Terrain Corrected) and DEM data to generate 1D and DEM Mosaicked products
- PFSPF: Processor that takes in input CSG Level 1B products to generate Speckle Filtered products
- PFCRP: Processor that takes in input CSG Level 1 standard and not standard products to generate Cropped products
Image Quality Assessment:
- PFQCA: Tool for CSG standard and not standard products quality control.
In the context of PFQCA tool developments, a new product, called spaceBIT, has been developed by Planetek, based on a plugin architecture and GPU based accelerators technology.