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Source: L’Usine Digitale as of 09-07-2020

As part of the MicroCarb space mission, the National Centre for Space Studies commissioned Capgemini to program the satellite to measure the amount of CO2 on a global scale. The goal is to understand the carbon cycle in the context of climate change.

Capgemini has been selected by the National Centre for Space Studies, a public body responsible for space in France, as part of MicroCarb. This European space mission aims to map global CO2 sources and wells to better understand the dynamics of climate change.

The French digital services company will be responsible for part of the satellite’s programming. “We are very pleased that the Cnes has renewed its confidence in this mission, which is of vital importance in light of current concerns about climate change,” said Jérôme Ponton, head of the Cnes Account at Capgemini France.

ALGORITHMS TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF CO2
MicroCarb is a partnership between Cnes, the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMESTAT). Its satellite, scheduled for launch in late 2021, will use the light reflected on the Earth’s surface to power a spectrometer to measure CO2. This instrument analyzes the short infrared of sunlight reflected on the Earth’s surface. Algorithms will then determine the amount of carbon dioxide based on the proportion of light reflected. The less light is reflected, the more gas the atmosphere is charged. It is on this algorithmic part that fifteen experts from Capgemini will work.

The integration and deployment of specific developments related to satellite programming, the development of computational models and the processing of spatial data took place on a Devops platform shared and installed in a CNes computer environment. These activities will continue for one year during the in-flight revenue phase following the launch of the satellite.

CAPGEMINI PARTICIPATES IN BIOMASS

This is not the first time Capgemini has been involved in a climate-related project. The company is already involved in the exploitation of Biomass’s data. Hatched by the European Space Agency (ESA), this scientific Earth observation mission is to determine the distribution and evolution of plant biomass (all organic matter that can be converted into energy.) on a global scale. In this context, Capgemini has developed a data analysis platform for the international scientific community.

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