The design and development of automatic and operational processing chains is based on the team’s experience with ISO-9001-2000-certified processing chains for multispectral, hyperspectral and stereo image data collected by aircraft or satellite. IMF is responsible for establishing operational processing chains in the ground segment for the German hyperspectral sensor EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) and for the US-German DESIS (DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer) mission on the ISS (International Space Station). The processing chains include
In addition to development work for the DLR ground segment, processing chains are also made available to external partners. For example, the software for processing DESIS data has been licensed to the US Teledyne company, which operates the MUSES (Multi-User System for Earth Sensing) platform on ISS and markets the data commercially. On behalf of ESA (European Space Agency) IMF has developed a prototype processor as well as an operational processor for the high-resolution panchromatic PRISM sensor and for the multispectral AVNIR-2 instrument of the Japanese ALOS mission. Moreover, in the context of the "Copernicus land monitoring service" several thousand satellite images from SPOT 4 HRVIR, SPOT 5 HRG and IRS P6 LISS III optical sensor data have been orthorectified in order to provide a basis for deriving land cover and land use information for the Europe-wide CORINE "Coordination of Information on the Environment" project of the European Union.
Based on this experience, the Earth Observation Center (EOC) has designed a new generic processing chain, CATENA, which can be employed for many satellite sensors.