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Originally posted by Dataiku on June 11, 2021
Not only does data science impact virtually every aspect of our earthly lives, but it has also managed to make its way into space! In a recent Egg On Air Episode, Igor Girard-Carrabin, SESAME Project Manager at ArianeGroup, and William Lacheny, SESAME Technical Leader at ArianeGroup, walked us through the goals and challenges of the SESAME project and explained how data science is being used to improve the economic and operational performance of European launchers.
What Is the SESAME Project and What Is ArianeGroup’s Role in the Project?
The Smart European Space Access Through Modern Exploitation of Data Science (SESAME) project is a research and development project that uses data science to improve the economic and operational performance of European launchers, the Ariane and Vega families of rockets. It is a project supported by the European Commission, which is organized in a consortium of eight entities across four different European countries.
The two organizations coordinating this project are ArianeGroup, the manufacturers of the Ariane family of launchers, and CNES, the French National Center for Space Studies.
Um, What Exactly Is a Launcher?
ArianeGroup calls these launchers because the objective of a rocket like Ariane is to put a satellite (or satellites) into orbit. The services provided by these satellites are numerous and, for the most part, indispensable. We call upon different satellite services each day without really realizing it, by watching television services or using the internet for example. Scientific research uses satellites to measure climate change with scientific programs such as Copernicus, but also services that have become commonplace, such as location and geolocation.
The 3 Objectives of the Consortium and Their Challenges
Learn More About SESAME and ArianeGroup
Check out the full Episode to learn about the two data science use cases within the framework of the SESAME project.