IRSA Development Group -
Connecting the Arctic

The IRSA Development Group

The IRSA Development Group (IDG) is a multinational collaboration among six Arctic/Antarctic nations and world-leading innovators in advanced technologies for the polar-regions. IDG is a consortium consisting of Andøya Space Center, Boeing, C-Core, Karl Osen, MDSI, Scott Polar Research Institute, Viasat, and VTT. IDG is developing a persistent monitoring system for the Arctic regions called IRSA (Integrated Remote Sensing for the Arctic). The objective of IRSA is a persistent monitoring system for the Arctic regions.

Andøya Space Center

Andøya Space is a service provider for sounding rockets, balloons, Spaceport services and scientific ground-based instrumentation communities worldwide. Located in northern Norway, it is the world’s northernmost permanent launch facility for sounding rockets, with over 60 years of operations and launch of more than 1200 sounding rockets since 1962. Andøya Space is owned 90 % by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and 10 % by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace. Andøya Space has four subsidiaries; Andøya Space Defence (ASD), Andøya Spaceport (ASX), Andøya Space Education (ASE) and Andøya Space Sub-Orbital (ASO). Andøya Space is ISO-9001 certified.


Boeing Phantom Works is building the future ‒ creating innovative solutions that will define the next generation of aerospace and defense. Boeing Phantom Works lead the company's modeling and simulation efforts so our customers can analyze future needs and technology gaps in a measurable environment. Boeing Phantom Works is pushing the boundaries of what can be, to what will be, and investing in the right technology today. Boeing Phantom Works are rapidly connecting the present and the future – one innovative idea at a time.


C-CORE is a provider of research-based advisory services and technology solutions to mitigate operational risk and help clients improve safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in remote or challenging environments worldwide. C-Core is responsible for sales and customer relations in Canada and remote sensing ground segment, data analytics, modelling and simulation in relation to the development of the IRSA network.

Karl Osen

Karl Osen LLC is an engineering company, experienced in developing large, complex, high performance software with outstanding quality for avionics and embedded systems. Karl Osen LLC will provide the IDG collaboration with expertise within aircraft system engineering, and will be co-responsible for the system software used in the High Altitude Long Endurance aircraft (HALE), the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV’s, the Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) to be utilized in the IRSA network.


MDSI develops and integrates Mission Computers, Mission Systems and deliver Mission support. Utilizing our robust high-end mission computers we are capable of integrating and connecting a wide spectrum of mission systems certified for both civilian and military aircraft and ground vehicles.

By integrating and networking ISR capabilities in large geographical areas with AI and operational expertise MDSI provides customized situational awareness support to both civilian and government operations.

Scott Polar Research Institute

Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) is part of the University of Cambridge, and its mission is to enhance the understanding of the polar regions through scholarly research and publication. SPRI provides IDG with knowlegde about remote sensors for scientific research, climate change research and various scientific operations in the Antarctica.


Viasat is a global communications company, and a provider of high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems covering both military and commercial markets. The worldwide satellite broadband access that Viasat offers allows for airborne mobile broadband for en route communications. They are developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are - on the ground, in the air or at sea. Viasat will provide hybrid communication network, air to ground and ground to air expertise to the IRSA network.


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is €268M.

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