SAILS-Spaceborne Autonomous Identification and Localization System

Sector: Telecommunications

Number of satellites: 1

Form factor: 12 U

The Project’s purpose is the development and (In-Orbit) demonstration of an innovative Spaceborne Autonomous Identification and Localization System (SAILS) for a single 12U CubeSat platform in LEO Orbit.

A very compact instrument design based on the effective combination of Digital Beam Forming and Onboard processing approaches will provide the capability of very accurate real-time tracking. Challenging aspects will be the multichannel sensor design and the real-time algorithms fulfilling the DOA (Direction of Arrival) estimation and tracking loop constraints.

The in-orbit technological demonstration of this capability will be achieved by executing a complete end-to-end ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) mission for ground-based RF emitters identification and localization. Starting from this ISR verification approach, the system performance and design solutions will be accurately reviewed in order to evaluate their potential employment for a wide range of space sensor applications like space debris monitoring, collision avoidance, navigation, and rendezvous aid.


Proposing team: RadarSensing S.r.l.; N.P.C.; New Production Concept S.r.l.; Polytechnic University of Bari


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In the presence of Hon. Riccardo Fraccaro, Undersecretary of State at the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers,  of Giorgio Saccoccia,  President of Italian Space Agency (ASI), and of Vito Pertosa, founder of Angel Group , the companies Sitael, Thales Alenia Space Italia, Leonardo and Airbus signed the long-term agreement for the commercialization and industrialization of PLATiNO Programme. MORE...