Tamara Patton from the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation has been named the this year’s winner of the European Space Imaging’s High-Res Challenge with a project which aims to use the sub-daily access capability of the SkySat constellation of small satellites to monitor illegal nuclear weapons testing. A second aspect of her project is to use the information collected to help raise public awareness to ensure international peace and security.
Using the imagery provided by European Space Imaging from the SkySat satellites, Patton’s pilot project will focus on observing prohibited nuclear weapon-testing activities at a known North Korean test site. Experts will analyze the satellite data which will be collected above the site at weekly, daily, and sub-daily intervals. The resulting research is seeking to understand the benefits of using very high-resolution (VHR) satellite to support compliance verification to the applicable international treaties and its potential to provide informative support to multilateral bodies.
“The proposed case study is addressing the monitoring of nuclear facilities and is based on a clear customer need to assist treaty verification. This is an excellent pilot study focusing on global security issues and aiming to build public awareness. The proposed methodology can easily be extended to sub-daily monitoring of all types of facilities.” says Adrian Zevenbergen, Managing Director, European Space Imaging.
The prize is awarded as part of the Copernicus Masters 2014 which is primarily a competition to find the newest and brightest ideas for using Earth Observation imagery. This year is the first time that European Space Imaging has offered imagery from the innovative SkySat satellite constellation (soon to consist of 24 sensors) as part of the challenge.
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European Space Imaging is a leading supplier of very high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe and North Africa. They are the only European satellite data provider operating multi-mission capable ground stations, enabling optimised collection strategies, flexibility and real-time weather assessments. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Munich, Germany to provide the best available VHR data to customers in their region. For more information visit:www.euspaceimaging.com.