CGI Group supports launch of Estonia's first satellite
Jun 18, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
CGI Group Inc., an IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and solutions company, has supported Estonia's first satellite launch, by building the satellite's ground station control software.
The ESTCube-1 satellite was launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana. CGI worked in collaboration with the University of Tartu in developing the software. It was built using Hummingbird, an open source mission control software platform, as well as modern software tools and standards tailored to the needs of this particular satellite and its mission.
The main mission of the satellite is to test electric solar wind sail technology, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolutionize transportation within the solar system, the company said.
Andreas Sisask, space project manager from CGI in Estonia, said: "CGI was able to provide hands-on experience to students based on our long experience in the space industry. We are proud to have participated in a project that will be used to build infrastructures for future Estonian space projects and to educate space engineers."
"I am very grateful for the contribution of CGI," said Mart Noorma, a University of Tartu professor and the ESTCube-1 academic supervisor. "Working together, CGI specialists and university students developed innovative and effective space mission control software for ESTCube-1.We hope to continue our successful collaboration in the development of future satellites."
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