Their minds are going in the right direction as VictoriaMetrics will be assisting satellite data platform Open Cosmos on its mission to launch low Earth orbit satellites.
The mission doesn’t involve a hyper-intelligent computer having a mental breakdown. Rather, it’s a case of Oxfordshire-based Open Cosmos using the VictoriaMetrics open source time series database monitoring solution. The latter is a startup with its HQ in California but with its roots in Ukraine. It was founded by ex-engineers from Google, Cloudflare and Lyft.
Open Cosmos is a space mission service company which provides satellite constellation design and satellite manufacturing, testing, launch and in-orbit exploration.
The UK tech firm has integrated VictoriaMetrics’ platform into its tech stack for its satellite control and data distribution platform.
VictoriaMetrics was selected for its functionality and compatibility with the company’s tools including its interoperability with the Prometheus API.
Pep Rodeja, Ground Segment Technical Lead of Open Cosmos, explains: “The health of our customers’ space assets is highly important, and VictoriaMetrics’ monitoring is crucial for ensuring our satellites remain healthy, playing an indispensable role in powering our satellite alert system.”
He adds: “The fact that VictoriaMetrics is completely open source has been a massive benefit too, allowing us to fork the technology to space-specific problems far beyond our initial expectations.”
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VictoriaMetrics allows the space team access to telemetries for their satellites, and provides alerts on a range of ground metrics generated by the mission control software.
The Open Cosmos team also used VictoriaMetrics’ vmagent which enables them to “ingest metrics from satellites and ground equipment scattered across different labs and test facilities”, before uploading them to the mission control software. VictoriaMetrics can monitor the spacecraft and ground systems, such as the recently announced DataCosmos.
Open Cosmos was founded in 2015. It says its products and services provide entrepreneurs, researchers, governments and companies the opportunity to use space technology as a tool.
Its satellite data platform provides visualisation and applications. In addition, Open Cosmos offers development tools – OpenApp and OpenKit – which allow users to simulate missions and develop flight-ready payloads.
In May, Open Cosmos revealed a contract with the European Space Agency on the NanoMagSat mission concept. This is a small satellite constellation to monitor Earth’s magnetic field and ionospheric environment.
According to Frost and Sullivan projections, about 90% of industrial firms will be using edge computing, data analysis and solution development at data generation sites by the end of the year. VictoriaMetrics is all about trying to profit from edge computing – and the areas of cloud computing, 5G and IoT.