The IPERDRONE Program aims to design and build a space transport system capable of carrying out operations in orbit preparatory to in-orbit service involving systems in LEO orbit (e.g. ISS, Vega-C and Space Rider) and then returning through the atmosphere, until reaching the earth's surface where, at the end of the mission, the integrity of the embarked payload and the possible reusability of the main subsystems will be verified.
The IPERDRONE program is divided into consecutive missions, the implementation of which will allow to perform in orbit services as stated above. IPERDRONE.0, the first project of the IPERDRONE program, consist of three main activities:
1) first mission called IPERDRONE.0 mission will release into orbit of a 6U cubesat which will carry out operations around a virtual point;
2) feasibility study of the subsequent mission of the re-entry system, IPERDRONE.1 mission, for which the return to the ground and the recovery of the aircraft is also envisaged;
3) technological developments to support the implementation of the re-entry capability.
The IPERDRONE team is formed by CIRA (Prime), Tyvak International, and Kayser Italia.Currently, the launch is scheduled for Q1-2023