CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has won a subcontract with Airbus to define the Payload Data Ground System (PDGS) for the Traceable Underpinning Terrestrial and Helio-Studies (TRUTHS) satellite.
TRUTHS is an important climate mission, led by Airbus in the UK and involving the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and other ESA member states and delivered by the European Space Agency (ESA) to enable in-flight calibration of EO satellites. TRUTHS will help deliver improved confidence in Earth Observation data gathered from space and the critical forecasts driven by this data.
TRUTHS will be an operational climate mission designed to enhance our ability for climate benchmarking and satellite cross-calibration, enabling a metrology laboratory in space as well as providing measurements of the solar spectrum to address scientific questions.
CGI will develop the preliminary definition of the Payload Data Ground System that will be responsible for:
Exploitation of the instrument data
Facilities responsible for mission planning and control
Quality control including calibration, validation and monitoring Instrument performance assessment vital to delivering reliable data to scientists and the precise orbit determination
User services interface and acquisition, processing and archiving
Shaun Stretton, Senior Vice President for UK & Australia Space Control and Information Solutions at CGI, said, “TRUTHS is an important UK led mission that will improve Earth Observation data to drive improved climate change modelling. Accuracy of data is vital in helping scientists understand the impact of climate change and we are proud to be supporting this mission with our strong heritage of ground segment control and space data exploitation.”