Dam and dike protection
Satellite technology used for monitoring soil moisture levels over vast landmasses, has been adapted for monitoring dam and dike maintenance, alerting authorities to dangerous instabilities and potential faults.
Lifecycle tool converted to offshore oil and gas installations
A tool designed by the European Space Agency (ESA) to track space project documents has been converted to operate offshore oil and gas installations. This has improved oil rig safety and reduced operating costs.
Improving oil and gas drilling
Many tasks on satellites can be compared to those on oil rigs. Software developed for use in space is now being trialled for use on oil drilling operations. This benefits the workers because the automated software can perform repetitive tasks so that the operator may focus on crucial decisions.
Clean affordable power
Fuel cells developed for applications on Mars can also be used to produce eco-friendly power on Earth. Many companies are converting to this method which is 67% cleaner than fossil fuels.
Improved flood detection
Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) now provide almost real-time measurements of water levels in flood risk areas. This means that it is possible to reduce the risk of flooding by quickly dispatching air or ground support to vulnerable areas.
Remote maintenance inspections and repairs
A system designed to allow software engineers to maintain spacecraft, providing all the information required to access and repair a problem, has been developed for use in smaller applications, allowing maintenance teams to use tablet computers to work remotely on a huge commercial scale.
High-resolution radar detects structural weaknesses
High-resolution technology developed for ESA’s space radar can also be used for structural applications, reducing the risk of dangerous foundations, predicting collapse and detecting the most minute deformities or weaknesses in architectural structures such as buildings, bridges and skyscrapers.
Monitoring mining machinery in remote places
Maintaining heavy-duty mining machinery in remote places can be problematic and needs to be resolved quickly to minimise the time they are out of use. Using satellite technology, an on-board computer can check that the vehicle is working properly and report back to specialists at a central control point. The specialists can deploy a remote helicopter-view of the vehicle and the exact location, which can be shared with the engineers on site so that any problem can be resolved quickly.