History

European Southern Observatory (Chile)
European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Geo-management activities of DA VINCI®
PROBA-1 microsatellite
PROBA-2

Through the years, Spacebel has become a partner of choice at all levels of Space IT

Since 1988, Spacebel has contributed to the success of more than thirty space missions, and has gained a top-class reputation in the European aerospace industry for delivering timely reliable software. Numerous spacecraft, including Earth observation satellites, science mission platforms or payloads, lunar explorer and launch vehicles, fly with SPACEBEL software on board. When it comes to ground infrastructures, we have a similar experience in delivering turn-key software facilities ensuring the reception, processing and dissemination of flight data, the man-machine interface as well as the operational simulation of single or multi-mission satellite systems.
In 1988, SPACEBEL was launched to support the ambitions of Europe in Space, with the objective of providing innovative software solutions for major European programmes such as ARIANE, COLUMBUS and HERMES. Soon after its creation, the company was invited to participate in the design and development of satellite control and mission centres for Earth observation and science missions such as SPOT, Artemis, SOHO, thus gradually strengthening our expertise in satellite systems. In 1993, SPACEBEL delivered to the European Southern Observatory (Chile) the Very Large Telescope control software. A year later, SPACEBEL won the contract for the development of the on board software for the Vegetation instrument embarked on SPOT-4 and SPOT-5. In 1998, SPACEBEL reinforced its position in the Earth observation sector through the acquisition of the geo-management activities of DA VINCI®. This integration made it possible to offer a wide range of Earth monitoring services, embracing natural resources, spatial planning, atmosphere, agriculture, water resources, forests and land carbon.
In 1999, the European Space Agency selected SPACEBEL to develop the on-board software of the PROBA-1 mini-satellite, which is still operating today. Shortly after, benefiting from the successful PROBA-1 experience, SPACEBEL gets involved in the design and implementation of the control software of SMART-1, Europe’s first moon probe meant to test new space technologies. In the 2000s SPACEBEL’s responsibility in the PROBA-2 and PROBA-V projects covered the development of the entire software package including the control software of the satellite and its scientific payloads, the simulation software and the ground segment software.

From 2001 onwards, SPACEBEL has been involved in several projects with ESA and EC, progressively building geospatial e-platforms to provide to the end-users easy access to Earth observation added-value information and services. These systems feature state-of-the-art WEB technologies. SPACEBEL is co-founder of the Geospatial EUGENIUS Network with the objective to set up an open network of commercial EO services platforms.
In 2013, we won a series of major contracts in the field of satellite intelligence with the “Optical Space Component” programme which will take over from the Helios satellites for image provision and processing. More recently, SPACEBEL was awarded the control and data management software of ESA’s Euclid science mission.

SPACEBEL performs today mini-satellite mission definition and analysis studies and ensures the marketing of PROBA-based Earth observation mini-satellite systems on the export market.

Watch this space… !