Contract on Monica signed with the European Space Agency

Thursday, Oct 06, 2022
Contract signed with ESA

Amphinicy Technologies has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), in the scope of the "Second Call for Outline Proposals under the Implementation Arrangement with the Government of the Republic of Croatia."

Amphinicy Technologies has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the project "Remote Agents for Cloud-Based Monitoring and Control". This project is based on the Monica product, a modern monitoring and control framework for the satellite industry. The goal of the project is to adapt the Monica software suite to be used in cloud-based systems. A novel architectural approach will be introduced with one central monitoring and control instance that communicates with lightweight Remote Agents.

The Earth observation satellite fleets are rapidly growing and evolving. On the ground, too, the number and variety of ground station (GS) operators has grown, including in-cloud ground stations. GS operators are building their own monitoring and control, scheduling, metering, and billing systems. On the other hand, the users of these ground systems are more and more inclined to treat ground infrastructure as a commodity, i.e. they are concerned mostly about reliability, availability, and the cost of the GS services, rather than about which antenna their satellites are transmitting to.

In response to these needs, Amphinicy has developed Monica: a next-generation monitoring and control solution for the ground segment. In the frame of the ESA project, Amphinicy will introduce a novel monitoring and control system architecture providing a uniform interface to the heterogeneous GS systems. This will allow operators to reduce the complexity of their higher-level systems. Monica increases operational flexibility by allowing satellite operators to switch from one ground station to another from pass to pass, based on their needs.

"Remote Agents will unlock new architectural options for Cloud-Based Monitor and Control by Monica, by leveraging high-throughput binary protocol and using state-of-the-art software technologies." says Alan Sambol, a Technical Lead and Monica Project Manager at Amphinicy Technologies.

About the ESA Tender

In February 2018, the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA. A legal framework for cooperation in the field of research, a peaceful use of outer space, and the conditions for implementing projects of mutual interest were set. This is the second Invitation to tender (ITT) in the scope of collaboration between ESA and Croatia.

"Working on a project directly with ESA is an important achievement for us and an obligation to justify both their and our expectations. It is a great opportunity to further improve our Monica product. We are sure that collaboration with ESA will bring new business opportunities in the near future." says Toni Jelavić, CEO of Amphinicy Technologies.

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Notice: This project will be implemented under a program of, and is funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed in this publication is the sole responsibility of Amphinicy Technologies and can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.