Mars on Clouds: MetNet Mission Meeting at Helsinki

Last week I attended a meeting from the Mars MetNet Mission at the Finnish Meteorological Institute HQ in Helsinki. As you will recall from a previous blog post, the objective of this Mission is to establish the next generation observation network for studying its atmosphere, representing this first probe the first “Martian weather station” of many that will come.

During the meeting, latest results from the Phobos tracing application were presented to the Scientific Team. The Amazon public cloud was chosen because of the fast deployment of a powerful infrastructure following a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Choosing a public cloud infrastructure for running Space Mission applications is not new. One year after Mars MetNet, NASA started to use Amazon EC2 as well.

As a result of the meeting, another application was assigned for its Cloud porting. This application processes meteorological data from previous Mars Missions and it will be used for that provided by the future Mars MetNet probes.

Additionally, an article with the complete achievements of this meeting has been featured by “HPC in the Cloud”. You can read it here.

J.L. Vázquez-Poletti

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