SROC (Space Rider Observer Cube) is an ESA technology demonstration mission carried out by a CubeSat that will be deployed from Space Rider, perform an inspection phase, and rendezvous and dock with a dedicated retrieval mechanism hosted in the Space Rider cargo bay. To this aim SROC will allow the development and in-orbit demonstration of critical technologies and capabilities for small-satellite proximity operations, with a particular focus on propulsion, GNC, and docking/retrieval mechanisms.  

The development of these capabilities could eventually enable new applications for small satellites and CubeSats, such as in-orbit servicing, inspection and active debris removal, not only in LEO but also for deep space flying objects.  

The SROC spacecraft consists of a single 12 U CubeSat equipped with cameras operating in the visible and infrared spectrum. It has a LIDAR on board to support the close-range approach and docking phases of the mission. A dedicated multi-purpose CubeSat deployer, developed as part of the mission, will enable the deployment, docking and safe retrieval of SROC, for a return to Earth within the Space Rider cargo bay. 

Thanks to ESA/GSTP Fly programme, Italy takes part in all aspects of the project, with a consortium currently consisting of Politecnico di Torino, Tyvak International s.r.l. and University of Padua. 

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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...