Our ground segment solutions have been supporting satellite missions for over 30 years. European space agencies, institutions and businesses rely on them every hour of every day.

At Starion, we believe your ground segments should be as individual as your satellites. Using our modular ASTRAL solution, we tailor and operate complete mission or individual ground segment environments to suit you, not us.

ASTRAL – flexible, modular, tailored

We know that the characteristics and requirements of our clients’ missions differ widely. Using our unique, component-based ASTRAL solution, we can provide all the key ground segment elements and integrate them with a range of ground station providers. You can rely on ASTRAL for:

  • Mission control and automation
  • Mission planning
  • Operations preparation
  • Data processing and dissemination
  • Data archiving.

Image credit: ESA/J. Mai

They trust us to deliver

Our client and project list bears testament to the reliability, flexibility and functionality of our solutions, and their suitability for organisations ranging from international space agencies to New Space companies:

  • European Space Agency’s European Space Operations Centre (ESA ESOC)
  • European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
  • Airbus
  • Astroscale for ELSA-D, ELSA-M and ADRAS-J
  • Galileo First and Second Generation
  • UK Ministry of Defence for BEROE
  • European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS)
  • Argotech for the Italian IRIDE programme

Image credit: ESA/ID&Sense/ONiRiXEL

Automation, efficiency and security by design

All of Starion’s space solutions benefit from our in-house experts dedicated to competences including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, cybersecurity and model-based system engineering (MBSE). Using their expertise, our ground segment solutions provide security by design and increased automation and efficiency.

Our unique combination of competences and willingness to push boundaries, coupled with decades of space expertise, enable us to deliver innovative solutions you can trust.

AI and machine learning
Model-based system engineering

Satellite EO image of Loire River - Image copyright ESA

Payload data ground segment

The value of satellites lies in their data. We can support every element of the payload data ground segment (PDGS) including processing, quality checking, archiving and disseminating the final data products to users.

We support the PDGS design and implementation phase of most Earth observation (EO) scientific missions managed by ESA (Earth Explorers), from the initial requirement engineering phase up to final transfer to operations of the PDGS infrastructure.

We are also involved in the overall operation coordination management of such missions, and in the daily mission planning operations of Copernicus (Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2) and the systematic data production and routine quality assessment of Sentinel-2.

Image credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2023), processed by ESA

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