Cloud data company Cloud Digital has received £100k of funding from AeroSpace Cornwall.

The investment will help support the development of Cloud Digital’s Earth Vision project, which aims to make the data transmitted from space more accessible.

Earth Vision intends to integrate the rich web of space data harvested from satellites into mainstream software offerings.

Using such software could be used for a wide range of applications. For instance, construction businesses would be able to identify areas prone to flooding, which could impact property developments and prices.

In retail, companies could analyse foot traffic around shopping centres in real-time, giving an increased overview of how customers behave.

To ensure secure data transmission, Cloud Digital is planning to create a cybersecurity centre for satellite and space operations from the heart of Cornwall. This will involve exploring IoT-like technology deployed in space, alongside examining how to protect and secure infrastructure that provides services to satellite companies.

Beginning the process, Cloud Digital has been working with Goonhilly Earth Station, as a strategic partner over the past several months, benefitting from its technical expertise to revolutionise the gathering and application of data transmitted from space.

James Fairbairn, business development manager at AeroSpace Cornwall, said: “We’re very excited to welcome Cloud Digital to Cornwall. Opening up space data to the commercial market will offer a huge advantage for businesses. With their experience and accreditations, Cloud Digital is uniquely positioned to deliver this offering safely and securely. This is another great benefit to the growing UK space sector.”

The portal will be developed throughout 2021 to go to market by the end of the year.