Irish firm to design global imaging platform for the European Space Agency

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The service being developed will identify industrial and transport waste discharge, agricultural run-off, and ecosystem degradation (stock image)

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Geoscience company’Icon Group is to design a’global imaging platform for the European Space Agency (ESA).’

The Dublin-headquartered company has secured a contract to develop the Danube Environmental Risk Assessment Platform.

Icon will develop new space imaging technology to work in tandem with cloud-based applications to detect, monitor, analyse and characterise the sources of environmental problems across 20 European Union Member States.

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Irish firm to design global imaging platform for the European Space Agency

At an operational level, the service being developed by Icon will identify industrial and transport waste discharge, agricultural run-off, and ecosystem degradation in near real-time.

Among the bodies expected to use the platform are port authorities, environmental groups, fishing and farming organisations, the UN, as well as regional and national authorities.

The project will work in conjunction with the EU’s Copernicus programme, which is an Earth observation satellite system coordinated and managed by the European Commission in partnership with the ESA, Member States and other agencies.

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Icon Group to design new global imaging platform for European Space Agency

In recent years, Icon Group has secured contracts with the Department of Agriculture and the ESA to monitor crops, hedgerows and track wildlife disease across Ireland and Europe.

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Tom McHugh, the chief executive of Icon Group, said that earth observation tools are becoming increasingly important aspects of how we monitor the real impact of climate change and how we then plan our activity and economies to mitigate negative environmental consequences.’

“The Danube Environmental Risk Assessment Platform will offer both Government and NGOs an invaluable tool that can act as an advance warning system for environmental catastrophe, ensuring better decision making that is taken in conjunction with other EU partners,” Mr McHugh said.’

Publisher: RTE.ie
Date: 2020-10-16T09:51:09.333000+01:00
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Dublin’s InnaLabs part of space consortium to win ‘129.4m contract

Hera will go alongside Nasa’s DART spacecraft, in what will be humankind’s first probe to rendezvous with a binary asteroid system called Didymos

Irish company InnaLabs is part of a consortium that has been awarded a ‘129.4 million contract to launch a satellite to support deep-space navigation.

Named after the Greek goddess of marriage, the European Space Agency’s Hera will go alongside Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirect (DART) spacecraft, in what will be the first probe to rendezvous with a binary asteroid system called Didymos.

First, Nasa will crash its DART spacecraft into the smaller asteroid ‘ known as Didymoon ‘ after blasting off next year. Hera will follow in a later mission launching in October 2024 to map the resulting impact crater and measure the asteroid’s mass.


Publisher: The Irish Times
Date: 2020-09-16T11:50:37+0100
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British firms will build parts of the new Lunar Gateway space station

British firms will build parts of the Lunar Gateway space station set to orbit the Moon as part of NASA‘s Artemis mission to return humanity to the lunar surface by 2024.

The UK Space Agency has signed the ‘Artemis Accords’ with NASA and other nations on the future of space exploration, including cooperation over lunar exploration.’

UK companies will be able to bid for contracts worth at least ’18 million to construct aspects of the new station via the UK partnership with the European Space Agency.’

Publisher: Mail Online
Date: 2020-10-13T17:30:46+0100
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Computer Weekly announces the Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2020

Computer Weekly has announced the 2020 list of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology, including this year’s winner, Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO of Stemettes.

The list, which is now in its ninth year, was introduced in 2012 to’make female role models in the sector more visible and accessible.

While the original list in 2012 featured only 25 women, it was expanded’in 2015 to include 50 women, going on to also introduce annual lists of Rising Stars and a Hall of Fame to ensure as many women in the sector as possible are given recognition for their contribution to the tech sector and the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.


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Date: 10/01/2020
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FundRock takes on new Irish ICAV for WHEB Asset Management

FundRock will provide oversight of the delegated functions, risk and compliance monitoring, as well as distribution support services for the new structure and its sub-fund. The new Irish-domiciled UCITS fund is set to enable European clients to continue access to the UK firm’s sustainable and impact investing strategy following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Meanwhile, the new fund will have a sub-fund, called the WHEB Sustainable Impact Fund, which is expected to launch during Q4 2020 and will mirror its existing impact investment fund that is domiciled in the UK, the FP WHEB Sustainability Fund. George Latham, managing partner of WHEB Asset Management, commented: ‘We’re delighted to have partnered with FundRock to continue to build our business in the European markets and make our investment strategy available to new investors.’ Xavier Parain, CEO of FundRock, added: ‘We are pleased to be WHEB’s partner of choice in another fund launch. Sustainable and impact investing is very much entering the mainstream for investors and pioneers like WHEB are well positioned to benefit from the rapid growth in this space. Our best in class solutions will enable the firm to focus on its core business activity of delivering returns to its clients while having a positive impact on society.’

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