The Project is now completed.
The main findings highlighted the benefits brought by mega-constellations.
They consist in their easiness of installation and deployment, maintenance and reliability. Cost has also emerged as one of the main advantages of Mega Constellations when compared to geostationary and other non-geostationary satellite solutions.
The interaction with users has been a constant preoccupation with the aim to validate the thinking behind the study. The mode of interaction was adapted to the sector, the application and the users’ group. Experts participated into conferences, users were interviewed, surveys were carried out, meetings were organised. Through these exchanges, it has been possible to test the concepts and enrich each step of the study with constant feedback.
Another finding regards the development of a data collector model by the experts to specifically assess the services. This model complemented the evaluation provided by other models and identified the stakeholders who are data collector, data processor, or data user. It also contributed to the evaluation of the constellation as a key enabler for the services and applications, as it helped to understand the type of data exchanged and assess whether a mega-constellation is the best solution for the application and service, in terms of cost, coverage, availability, reliability, security, etc.
Overall, a market is foreseeable for each application initially considered, even if some applications and services (e.g. train and tram, containers tracking) would require moving to higher TRLs.
Further to the studies carried out in Tasks 1 to 3, a road map was developed in Task 4 for the most promising three applications and services which were shortlisted based on their potential to develop rapidly as commercial applications:
- e-birth registration;
- integrated Automatic Weather Stations for smart agri-met services;
- facilitated Arctic transport through improved hydrography mapping.