Data Processing & Analysis

Data Analysis Example from Cassini (MSSL)

Data processing and analysis encompasses several important aspects of any space mission: 

  • Setting up a regular processing chain to efficiently capture and archive data, often across many institutions
  • Translating spacecraft data into user-friendly formats
  • Providing ongoing evidence of spacecraft health
  • Providing quality-tested data to the scientific community
  • Providing specially-tailored software suites for data display and manipulation
  • Providing data archives to worldwide scientific databases

Data processing and analysis sits at a nexus between the mission operations team, the spacecraft engineering teams and the scientific community. All three must be consulted and understood in the development of a system fit for purpose. International standards of data specification and formatting must be maintained, from the initial data received from the spacecraft to the final archiving of the full mission results.

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