HERMES focuses on providing our customers, satellite service providers and end-users of satellite data, specifically those in the segment of Earth Observation, the perfect tool to precisely plan and design the right scheduling, the right amount of data and the right providers to cost-effectively achieve their mission goals:
Improves productivity and promotes technological advance of the space industry in several ways
Through the innovation points presented before we want to push technological development of the space industry and its satellite segment, offering our more than a decade long know-how in GPU programming applied to its specific needs. With HERMES we plan to consolidate our technology model and later build it up with new functionalities and techniques destined to attend the growing needs of the space and satellite data services industry. We have already a solid presence in several agencies and companies with other products, and we expect to expand through our current distribution network and reputation.
HERMES aims to incorporate into the space and satellite industries the latest technological innovations available in the hardware and software industries, in particular the use of GPUs to process visualization, simulation and similar data commonly used in space applications. Our technology is based on careful optimization of data analysis according to its type, which determines if it will be best processed either by the CPU or the GPU. It is important noticing that not all data is suitable for GPU processing: as shown by the processing speeds in Fig. 1.1.C, as the more multithreaded the data, the more advantageous is GPU processing over traditional CPU processing. This knowledge applied to satellite data is the expertise acquired by TAITUS over the last 12+ years, and the main value proposition of HERMES.
HERMES is designed as an innovative tool to improve the current state-of-the-art at world level in the software market for the space industry, a critical area that concentrates much of the economic and engineering efforts made today by all spacefaring agencies and countries. As such, it is completely aligned with the topic SMEInst-04-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in space research and development and its objectives, as it will be the software tool with best technology/price ratio available in the market, thus helping enhance profitability and growth of SMEs and other institutions that currently cannot access the space sector due to its heavy financial prerogatives. All of them belong to our target market, allowing a fast uptake sustained by the spreading of a new software standard that will significantly reduce the resources necessary to carry out projects in the space sector. By lowering the initial needed investments, we favour that a higher number of private companies can enter the space sector. Indeed, HERMES is specifically well suited to engage SMEs in space research and development, especially those that traditionally run from using space data because they cannot accurately estimate the cost of the satellite data they consume. Moreover, thanks to HERMES they will be able to optimise their costs. Furthermore, HERMES is extremely useful in pre-planning missions: it makes easy understanding satellite nuances thanks to our fast and comprehensive visualisations. This will strongly help them to make good use of space data in their business.