7th International Workshop on On-Board Payload Data Compression

7th International Workshop on On-Board Payload Data Compression 7th International Workshop on On-Board Payload Data Compression
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    European Space Agency
    National University of Athens Building of Kostis Palamas 48 Akadimias str. & Sina str., 105 62 Athens, Greece

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    Big Data, Earth Observation, Payload

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The spatial and spectral resolution of space borne instruments is increasing steadily. Assuming a linear trend for the increase of instruments’ resolution, the growth of produced data volume follows a quadratic curve, or even a cubic one in case of multi-band instruments. Together with the need of continuous observations, all this results in Big Data volumes to be handled on-board. Mission planners are increasingly coming up against the thorny problem of how to manage such Big Data from Space – in particular, how to handle them on-board and relay them down to the ground. Because of the huge amount of data, powerful compression algorithms are required to match the available channel resources. Moreover, many Earth Observation satellites are required to transmit data on-ground in real time, this means that compression devices with very high throughput are requested.

As outlined here above, it can be considered that “Big Data” starts on-board. For some specific very high-resolution missions, it can happen that data compression cannot be powerful enough in order to download all the science data on ground. Optical data relay could be a solution, but not always affordable for low-budget missions. In this edition of OBPDC, particular emphasis will be placed on the topic of data reduction, that means that, on top of data compression, other pre-processing techniques will be taken into account, e.g. cloud detection, Region of Interest selection, feature extraction etc. A dedicated round table will be organised, among others, on the topic of data reduction, with particular emphasis on cloud detection, on-board classification, feature extraction, deep learning, etc.

At the same time, effective data compression and data reduction algorithms require powerful hardware for the on-board implementation. A well-established trend for High Performance Computing is the use of COTS component, as demonstrated in “cubesats”. COTS-based implementations of compression and data reduction will be one of the major topic of the workshop.

The On-Board Payload Data Compression Workshop aims to bring together all the professionals working in the field, to share the latest ideas and developments and to pave the way for the future technological challenges. This virtual Workshop is co-organised by ESA and CNES with the support of the National University of Athens (https://en.uoa.gr/), and will take place on 21-23 September 2020. 

New in OBPDC2020:


  • 2.5 days to increase available time for round tables and technical discussion
  • Posters session to facilitate exchanges
  • Round tables on selected topics to foster innovation and the spread of ideas
  • Participation via Social Networks (LinkedIn, Twitter,...) #OBPDC2020