Applying Satellite Techology for Maritime Domain Awarness

4DM as part of team lead by SSCL was awarded Canadian Space Agency – EOADP to investigate the value of space base earth observation data to provide persistent Maritime Domain Awareness. The project will include real time acquisition of optical (Dove, SkySat) and radar (RADARSAT-2) data with predictive modeling in areas of interest off west coast of Canada. 4DM will use patent pending technology to uniquely identify vessels, extracted vessel attributes and determine motion. Machine learning approach will be implemented to extract surface object characteristics. Information will be integrated into a predictive modeling tool called Timecaster developed by Maerospace for identify and validating the track of vessels with AIS data and “dark targets”. Goal is to demonstrate how the technologies can be applied to meet operational needs