Critical Software’s technology and expertise lead the way in the challenging space market
Critical Software supported the SWARM Mission, launched on the past 22nd November 2013
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As well as being part of the SWARM project, Critical Software was highly active in other areas of the space sector in 2013. The Portuguese software company recently secured two major contracts from the European Space Agency (ESA) to support the development of the control software for two ESA missions currently under construction.
Lisbon, 25th November, 2013: Critical Software specialises in the delivery of reliable software solutions for critical information systems; the company was founded to support the testing of critical systems for one of NASA’s space projects. Critical Software has now strengthened its presence in the space market with three significant projects: the completion of the Verification & Validation analysis of the onboard software for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) three-satellite SWARM constellation and two major contracts for the development of control software for two ESA missions that are currently under construction.
The three ESA satellites that form the SWARM constellation were launched into a near-polar orbit from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia, on 22nd November. The SWARM satellites will provide unprecedented insights into the complex workings of the magnetic shield that protects Earth’s biosphere from charged particles and cosmic radiation. They will make precise measurements to evaluate the field’s current weakening and understand how it contributes to global natural phenomena.
CRITICAL Software was responsible for the verification & validation analysis of the software that will control the SWARM satellites, and for ensuring its compliance with the ESA’s quality standards. Additionally, CRITICAL Software supported the development of the simulator used for operator training, housed in the ESA's Operations Centre at Darmstadt, Germany.
In 2013, CRITICAL Software also secured two major contracts with the ESA, for the development of control software for two ESA missions currently under construction: the Solar Orbiter and the Exomars Trace & Gas Orbiter satellite.
The Solar Orbiter mission, scheduled for launch in January 2017will collect information about solar physics, to enable researchers to better understand and predict the behaviour of this celestial body on which life on Earth depends. The ExoMars Trace & Gas Orbiter satellite, due for launch in January 2016, is the first in a series of Mars missions. The key goals of this mission are to detect and characterise the sources of methane and other atmospheric gases present on the planet Mars, to support the selection of the landing place of the European Rover (to be launched in 2018), and ensure communications between the Rover and Earth.
“Since its foundation in 1998, CRITICAL Software has maintained a substantial and significant position in various programmes of the North American and European space agencies, both in the development of control software and in its independent verification and validation. These are projects with extremely high levels of requirements, in which only the best specialists in the world participate; therefore, we are very proud to be one of the main suppliers. Portuguese engineering and technology now lead some of the most demanding worldwide markets; evidence of its high quality and level of professionalism. Critical’s collaboration with these two leading space agencies has allowed us to offer our technology and expertise to other sectors with similar technological requirements, such as defence and aerospace” pointed out Paulo Guedes, Business Development Manager at CRITICAL Software.
ABOUT CRITICAL SOFTWARE
CRITICAL Software is a global software company that provides reliable technology for mission- and business-critical information systems to leading companies in a variety of markets. CRITICAL Software's solutions help companies control their costs and improve performance by providing the real-time feedback needed to quickly identify and solve issues that inhibit process, product and service improvements. Founded in Portugal in 1998, CRITICAL Software currently has offices in Coimbra, Lisbon and Oporto, and subsidiaries in the UK (with offices in Southampton and Yeovil), Germany (Frankfurt), the USA (California), Brazil (São Paulo), Mozambique (Maputo) and Angola (Luanda). The company operates a quality management system certified to CMMI® Level5, ISO 9001:2008 Tick-IT, ISO 15504, NATO AQAP 2210, AQAP 2120 and EN9100.
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