Bayes Centre

Orbital Micro Systems International Centre for Earth Data Opens for Business

The worlds first market-sustainable platform for the integration and dissemination of Earth Observation data will improve weather-related information worldwide.


Video: BBC report on ICED launch
BBC news report covering the launch of ICED by OMS and The University of Edinburgh at The Bayes Centre.


Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and analysis-ready earth data intelligence platforms, today opened the International Center for Earth Data (ICED) at the Bayes Centre. A collaborative project between OMS, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, ICED is a commercial and market-sustainable platform that leverages the latest in data science and cloud services to gather, integrate, and disseminate Earth Observation data. The data generated from ICED will result in highly reliable, frequent weather and environmental information that will empower governments, businesses, and consumers to make timely decisions that increase safety and ensure economic viability.

ICED subscribers will have access to reliable and timely information from OMS’ innovative low earth orbit (LEO) satellite technology that utilizes advanced passive microwave radiometry to penetrate storms and deliver a comprehensive view of weather and environmental conditions—leading to much more accurate forecasts. The processing and alignment of datasets from the OMS Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) satellites and multiple public and private sources facilitates more accurate weather insights in underserved areas of the world that may not have the resources to process raw data into local models necessary for appropriate forecasting and planning.

OMS selected the University of Edinburgh as the site for ICED due to the institution’s prolific data sciences program and interest in forging commercial relationships. The partnership between OMS and the University enables ICED to quickly serve global markets from one of the world’s centres of data science excellence. 


The official announcement of the opening of ICED marks another key milestone in our successful, ongoing relationship with The University of Edinburgh and The Bayes Centre. The development, support and expansion of ICED will all be happening right here at the Bayes Centre. That gives a young company like OMS a huge advantage as we continue to develop ICED and other products. We are able to leverage and utilize the data science, software development and academic expertise that the University and the Bayes Centre offers all at once. 

Greg Porter Meteorologist/UK Business Development and Senior Project Manager.
Orbital Micro Systems

About Orbital Micro Systems

Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) specializes in the development and delivery of technology and data for space applications. With broad expertise in applied science, weather science, and earth observation, instrumentation development, data science, space operations and program delivery, OMS is positioned to deliver innovation to many areas of the aerospace sector. 




US Consulate General Ellen Wong
US Consulate General Ellen Wong

About the event

We were delighted to welcome a number of guests to The Bayes Centre to mark the launch of ICED. Speakers included:

  • Professor Michael Rovatsos - Director of The Bayes Centre.
  • Bill Hosack - Chief Executive Office, Orbital Micro Systems.
  • US Consulate General Ellen Wong.