SpEye (Space Eye)

Sector: In-orbit servicing

Number of satellites: 2 (Free Flyer e Carrier Satellite)

Form factor: 6 U (Free Flyer)

SpEye is a technology demonstration mission aiming at the validation of on-orbit inspection and formation-flying techniques for nano-satellite applications. The project foresees two satellites, a Carrier Satellite and a Free Flyer, a nano-satellite (6 U CubeSat) carried and released by the Carrier Satellite itself. The mission has the goal to demonstrate the Free Flyer capability to carry out the on-orbit inspection and mapping of the Carrier Satellite as a Target, thus to verify the formation-flying and autonomous rendez-vous. For the purpose, the Free Flyer will be able to gather Target images through a multispectral and multipurpose vision system for autonomous navigation and inspection. New technologies will be validated as a Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) processing unit able to integrate GNSS and electro-optical observations, an Inertial Navigation System (INS) for a robust and accurate absolute and relative navigation, as well as a propulsion system allowing formation-flying and proximity operations.



Proposing team: TSD Space (Prime), D-Orbit, Planetek Italia, T4i, Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali, Università di Napoli “Federico II” Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

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PLATiNO Programme: signed the long term agreement ‣

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...