Case study

Oceania Pacific Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID)

A vital link between critical satellite imaging information and ‘in the field’ emergency responders.

A flooded landscape in Cambodia.
Credit: JAXA/ ESA.

UK Lead Supplier

Stevenson Astrosat

International Partners include the:

We work with:

  • Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development
  • Newsat Ltd
  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre (CRC)
  • Space Environment Research Centre (SERC).

The Recovery And Protection in Disaster (RAPID) system is designed to provide a vital link between critical satellite imaging information and ‘in the field’ emergency responders making crucial decisions during and in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Huge amounts of useful data are produced by satellites every day that can be used to mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters – these impacts not only include the direct threats to the general public’s immediate safety but also in the aftermath the damaging effects on a nation’s economy. RAPID is designed to get this information to where it is needed and to who needs it – this connectivity will allow smart decisions to be made to protect lives and get the local economy working as rapidly as possible after an event.

For disaster response, Stevenson Astrosat are using UK skills and supply chains to support vulnerable regions with suitable satellite based communications, potentially saving lives and assets in a region where cable and fibre is lacking and where disasters are all too common. For critical infrastructure, Stevenson Astrosat are using UK skills and supply chains as well as their innovative EO systems and partnerships (with end/user customer facing products) to reach highly valuable, critical infrastructure providers with a considerable commercial and socio‐economic advantage.

Published 17 September 2015