Release of ESA’s New Space Weather Platform Developed by SPACEBEL
A year after its successful final acceptance, the new version of the Space Weather portal substantially “made by SPACEBEL” was officially released at the beginning of October 2020.
Space weather refers to disturbances in Space environment conditions mainly due to solar activity. Those phenomena may potentially impact various sectors of our economy such as telecommunications, broadcasting, weather forecast services, navigation, power distribution and terrestrial communications.
ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme informs about the possible threats and risks from Space while ensuring the use of and access to Space for exploration and exploitation in a sustainable way.
For several years, SPACEBEL has been the prime contractor for the design, implementation and deployment of the Space Weather (SWE) ground segment.
Based upon a service-oriented architecture, this interactive portal system provides a centralised access to and exchange of all Space Weather data, services and applications elaborated by some fifty scientific organisations all over Europe. Its overall objective is to monitor and forecast Space weather events and their effect on European Space assets and ground-based infrastructure.
The latest update of the Space Weather platform features a variety of new user services components including a complete makeover of the website along with the enhancement of the IT infrastructure and improvement of the data processing chain. From now on, the new version is being used in an operational environment at ESA-ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) and ESA-ESEC (Redu, Belgium).
We address our sincere thanks to ESOC for the smooth collaboration and their congratulations on our remarkable Space Weather ground segment achievement, which confirms our excellence in the field of Space data access infrastructure and Web services architecture.