Innovation: AEROS and K2D highlight dstelecom at MIT Portugal's annual conference

This Friday, September 22nd, dstelecom will be on the panel at the MIT Portugal Program Annual Conference, an annual conference that brings together Portuguese researchers and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), industry members and other actors from the MIT Portugal Community.

With the motto “Research that impacts society”, the session, which will take place at Altice Forum Braga, will focus on the results of MPP's 7 large-scale collaborative research projects (Flagship Projects) and how they contributed to the scientific progress of the Portuguese R&D system in strategic areas such as Ocean and Space, Climate Change, Sustainable Cities and Digital Transformation in Manufacturing.

Among the 7 highlighted projects will be AEROS and K2D, which dstelecom is part of. Since the company is the leader of the K2D - Knowledge and Data from the Deep to the Space consortium, it will make an intervention that will include an overview of the project's status and outline some of the next steps.

It is recalled that the Portuguese-American consortium included in K2D recently completed, with the support of the Portuguese Navy, the installation of the 2nd prototype of a 2 km long intelligent submarine cable near the port of Sesimbra in the open sea and to greater depths at 100 meters.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, marine fauna, pollution, vessel circulation, submersibles, water temperature are part of the wealth of data that can be captured in real time through this sensorized infrastructure.

The proposal therefore involves developing a global-scale and completely disruptive monitoring system for the oceans, based on submarine cables and capable of dealing with different depths, from deep bottoms and abyssal platforms to the surface.

The AEROS project aims to develop, launch and operate a low-orbit nano satellite to monitor the land and sea surface of Portuguese territory. This satellite is intended to be the first of the future Atlantic Constellation and provide more information on the study of the Earth, specifically on coastal geographic areas. To achieve this, AEROS has three main payloads: a high-resolution Hyperspectral camera, an RGB camera and a Software Defined Radio.

In the AEROS consortium, dstelecom's responsibility concerns the communication component of the satellite, whose objective is to provide connectivity to terrestrial sensors beyond the reach of traditional telecommunications means, using the ARGOS and LoRa communication protocols. Within the scope of its competences, the work focused mainly on the development of digital signal processing algorithms, with the aim of demodulating the signals received by the satellite and modulating the processed signal to send back to earth.

The development of the solution has been completed, as well as the integration of the satellite, with its launch scheduled for early 2024.