Academic Track Paper

Testing Cloud Computing for Massive Space Data Processing, Storage and Distribution with Open-Source Geo-Software


R. Pérez, G. González, J. Becedas, F. Pedrera, M. J. Latorre


Presenter Biography: 

Dr. Jonathan Becedas is Electrical Engineer and Industrial Engineer graduated with honours. He holds a Master in Research and a PhD in Mechatronics by the Univ. of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain. He is author of over 40 fully refereed papers in ICT and SPACE and has participated in more than 10 research projects. He held a position of Researcher and Associate Prof. in UCLM (2002-2009), and Research Associate in the University of Leicester, UK (2009-2011). He was head of the Robotics Division in Ixion Industry and Aerospace (2011-2013). He is currently R&D Manager in Elecnor Deimos where he coordinates R&D activities and projects.

Mr. Rubén Pérez Pascual is a Computer Engineer by the Univ. of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM), Spain. He is currently an R&D internship researcher in Elecnor Deimos since February 2014, where he finishes his Master Thesis about Cloud Computing, Future Internet and Federated Platforms applied to Earth Observation. He is participating in the FP7 Fed4FIRE project.

Mr. Gerardo González is Aeronautical Engineer by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is contributor of “Innovative Ideas for Micro/Nano-satellite Missions” edited by Sandau R. et al.. He holds an internship in Elecnor Deimos since February 2013, where he carried out his Master Thesis in the design of Earth Observation Satellite Missions, achieved with honours. He is working as systems engineer in the Deimos-2 project and in the R&D FP7 Fed4FIRE project.

Mr. Félix Pedrera received his MSc (2002) in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is Project Manager at Elecnor Deimos and counts more than 7 years of experience developing and coordinating Mobile, Web and research projects. He is member of the Spanish Open Knowledge Foundation Local Group, promoting environmental open data publishing at local level.

Mr. Manuel José Latorre is a Telecommunications Engineer (Electronic & Telematic specialities) by the University of Málaga (UMA). He is Senior Engineer at Elecnor Deimos (ICT Solutions division) with more than 5 years of experience as lead developer, technical director and coordinator in Augmented/Virtual Reality, Mobile, Web and research projects, such as “España Virtual” or “Arid-Lap” R&D projects.


"Processing and distribution of big space data still present a critical challenge: the treatment of massive and large-sized data obtained from Earth Observation satellite recordings. Remote sensing industries implement on-site conventional infrastructures to acquire, store, process and distribute the geo-information generated. However these solutions do not cover sudden changes in the demand of services and the access to the information presents large latencies.
The current demand of services has traditionally been driven through Spatial Data Infrastructures and heavy standards (ISO TC/211 and OGC), which are focused on interoperability rather than the real demand from the end-users.
In this work we present the detailed design and implementation of an experiment within the FP7 Fed4FIRE project (project number 318389) to value if future internet technologies can be used to overcome the previously defined limitations.
The scenario is that of a constellation of 17 small satellites equally spaced in a Sun-Synchronous Low Earth Orbit at 646km altitude that covers the Earth’s surface in a daily basis at 6.7m GSD acquiring over 20TB of data per day, around 150000 high resolution images of the Earth per month to provide high added value services. All the geo-data is daily downloaded in a network of 12 ground stations distributed around the world and connected to the BonFIRE cloud for its processing, storage and distribution to end users.
A simulator is designed for emulating the constellation of satellites and the network of ground stations. It is implemented in the Virtual Wall European infrastructure and connected to the BonFIRE cloud. There, an architecture is designed for the processing, storage and distribution of the received data. The archive, catalogue and web services are implemented with the open-source software GEO-Server. The impairments of the network between Virtual Wall and BonFIRE are measured with a specific experiment in PlanetLab Europe and PlanetLab Central.
The whole system implements a complete highly demanding Earth Observation system making use of future internet technology and cloud computing to define a framework to make Earth Observation industry more competitive and adaptable to the new requirements of massive data processing and instant access to satellite information."

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