Projects

GHALIB

Ongoing

Demonstrator turn-key mission for space-based tracking of falcon migration

From feasibility study to designing and building a nanosatellite which is capable of tracking migrating falcons, ISISpace built the 2U platform and integrated the payload. The payload consists of a radio receiver, manufactured by our customer, and a camera to take pictures of the Earth on demand.

Even though this mission entails a single satellite for demonstration purposes, the ultimate goal is to launch a constellation of 6 nanosatellites. This satellite system is capable of global tracking of large birds and wildlife with small transmitters.

Customer: Marshall Intec, United Arab Emirates

Start date: July 2019

Hardware delivery: October 2020

Launch date: December 2020

Tevel

Ongoing

The project consists of eight 1U platforms, 1 integrated and 7 part kits

ISISpace supplied the complete platform for the 8 Tevel satellites, with only ISISpace-built subsystems onboard and will launch the satellites through ISILAUNCH.

The eight 1U platform part kits will be distributed among Israeli high-schools, where student teams will work on the integration of the satellites with the supervision of experienced engineers. The customer-built payload of each satellite is a laser retroreflector, that enables future student teams to perform experiments with the satellites in orbit.

Customer: Israeli Herzliya Science Center

Start date: 2019

Hardware delivery date: April 2019

Launch date: December 2020

Dido-3

Completed

3U CubeSat with the objective to study the effect of microgravity and low fluid shear with four different experiments on biological material

In comparison with its predecessor, DIDO-2,  the platform has been upgraded to include an enlarged structure, now in the so-called 3U-XL CubeSat form factor, and deployable solar panels to be able to deliver more power to the payload, required to have the necessary temperature regulation for the experiments to survive the harsh environment in space.

The payload is a miniaturized medical laboratory provided by the customer, SpacePharma, which provides end-to-end microgravity services enabling research in the field of medical drugs development in Space.

Customer: Spacepharma

Start date: 2018

Launch date: September 2020

SIMBA

Completed

3U CubeSat mission for measuring the Total Solar Irradiance and Earth Radiation Budget climate variables with a miniaturized radiometer instrument

The mission is sponsored by ESA and led by the Royal Meteorological Institute Belgium (RMIB) with ISISPACE as the subcontractor responsible for the design and delivery of the platform. The payload is a miniaturized radiometer instrument built by the Royal Meteorological Institute Belgium.

ISISPACE will also perform commissioning and mission operations of the satellite after launch on the consortium’s behalf.

Customer: RMIB – Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, & ESA

Start date: 2015

Launch date: September 2020

NAPA-1

Completed

The first Earth Observation CubeSat of the Royal Thai Air Force

ISISPACE has designed, built, and tested the satellite platform and ground segment, and will deliver the satellite “in orbit” to the RTAF after commissioning.

The satellite will be part of the Thai government space capabilities program to enhance the monitoring and response to natural disasters, including fires, floods, earthquakes, landslides, and air quality issues.

Customer: Royal Thai Air Force

Start date: August 2018

Launch date: September 2020

Dido-2

Completed

3U CubeSat for Microgravity Research

The objective is to gather actionable data by researching the effects of a microgravity environment on biological materials.

The payload provided by Space Pharma is supported by a suite of ISISPACE subsystems that will allow it to perform optimally, running the required experiments while in orbit and downloading the data successfully.

Customer: Spacepharma

Start date: 2014

Launch date: 2017

BRIK-II

Ongoing

First Dutch military CubeSat

The BRIK-II project aims at assessing the relevance of CubeSats for military operations. The satellite mission is co-developed by ISISPACE, NLR and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

ISISPACE will deliver a turnkey 6-Unit CubeSat platform and the ground segment, capable of carrying and operating the 3 payloads of the mission. The launch is expected in 2020.

Customer: Royal Netherlands Airforce

Start date: September 2017

Launch date: 2021

JY1-SAT

Completed

First Jordanian satellite

JY1-SAT is the first Jordanian satellite, a 1-Unit CubeSat developed with the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan.

The project is conducted in collaboration with AMSAT-UK, developing a customized version of the FUNcube payload with the purpose of being able to downlink images of Jordanian landmarks and a voice recording of HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah of Jordan.

Customer: Crown Prince Foundation

Start date: 2016

Launch date: 2018

Hiber 1 & 2

Completed

Two 6U CubeSats for providing IOT service

ISISPACE has provided two identical 6U CubeSat platforms to the Hiber company, which are now operating successfully in orbit.

The two satellites, Hiber-1 and Hiber-2, were built to provide Hiber’s internet of things (IOT) service. Nearly all platform components are ISISPACE designed and built, now operating in concert with the customer’s payload to provide quick and reliable servicing to the customers of Hiber.

Customer: Hiber

Start date: 2017

Launch date: 2018

Nayif-1

Completed

1U CubeSat project dedicated to foster knowledge and awareness of space science and technology in UAE

The goal is to teach space system engineering to students with a hands-on approach.

Secondly, the satellite embeds different experiments to spark curiosity about space, communication, and physics among students from elementary to university education level.

Customer: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)

Start date: 2016

Launch date: 2017

QB50

Completed

QB50 is an exciting space science project that has CubeSats at the heart of the mission. Lead by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) in Belgium, QB50 aims to investigate three properties of the lower Thermosphere by doing in-site measurements with 40-50 nanosatellites.

Customer: European Union

Start date: 2013

Launch date: 2014

KTH-MIST

Completed

The MIST team is an ambitious young student team from the KTH University in Sweden, determined to launch their school’s first satellite. ISISPACE has provided the KTH team with a number of components to support their mission. Additionally, ISISPACE provides regular engineering support to the KTH team.

Customer: KTH University

Start date: September 2020

Launch date: September 2020

DSD

Ongoing

CubeSat deployer designed to safely deliver satellites to deep space orbits around the moon or other celestial bodies

The deep-space deployer (DSD) is an enhancement to the already successful DuoPack. The innovative design enables a low speed staged deployment ensuring both the host spacecraft and the CubeSat maintain their target trajectory, e.g. in low gravity environments. In addition, an umbilical connection from host spacecraft to CubeSat enables charging and check-out during transit phases and a final check-out prior to low-velocity release.

Customer: ESA/OHB

Start date: 2019

Hardware delivery date: 2021

Launch date: 2024

AQUA

Ongoing

Lightweight CubeSat deployer using advanced 3D-Printing technology

ISISPACE has been awarded funding from the Netherlands Space Office – an SBIR development contract by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The 2-year project entails the design, prototyping, and qualification of a 3D printed deployer, with the main goal of reducing mass, while increasing design flexibility. The development will be done in conjunction with The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) Additive Manufacturing Knowledge Center and Wilting Components B.V., a specialist in manufacturing of mechanical structures.

Customer: NSO

Start date: March 2019

Launch date:  2021

NCLE

Completed

Three 5-meter long monopole antenna mounted on the Chang’e 4 satellite designed to address a multitude of high-profile science cases

The Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer (NCLE), is a low-frequency payload part of the Chang’e 4 mission. The NCLE instrument consists of three 5-meter long monopole antennas that it is mounted on the Chang’e 4 satellite, and it is sensitive in the 80 kHz – 80 MHz radiofrequency range.

The instrument is designed to address a multitude of high-profile science cases, but predominantly NCLE will open up the low-frequency regime for radio astronomy and will prepare for the ground-breaking observations of the 21-cm line emission from the Dark Ages and the Cosmic Dawn, considered to be the holy grail of cosmology.

Start date: May 2016

Launch date: April 2018

IMDC-SSMS

Completed

iMDC deployment sequencers for VEGA SSMS mission

  • Design of customized interface of the iMDC sequencers to the VEGA LV (ESA/Avio requirements)
  • Updating deployer interface to support not only the ISIS deployers (Quadpack and ISIPOD), but also deployers from Astrofein and Tyvak
  • Customised EGSE and procedures
  • End to end testing and hardware in the loop testing at Avio premises.
  • Production and Qualification testing of QM model to ESA/Avio standards
  • Production and Acceptance testing of 2 FM model to ESA/Avio standards
  • Documentation pack to ESA/Avio standards
  • Support of Launch campaign in three distinct rounds

Customer: ESA/Avio

Start date: October 2018

HW delivery: EM/QM 2019/5, FM Delivery 2020/02

Launch date: September 2020

IMDC-F9

Completed

iMDC deployment sequencer for controlling deployers on CSMP plate housing up to 10 deployers on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

  • Design of customized interface of the ISISPACE iMDC sequencers to the F9 LV (SpaceX requirements)
  • Customized EGSE and procedures
  • End to end testing at SpaceX premises.
  • Production and Acceptance testing of  FM
  • Documentation pack to SpaceX standards
  • Support of Launch campaign

Customer: ESA/Avio

Start date: December 2019

HW delivery: EM/QM 2019/5, FM Delivery 2020/02

Launch date: 2021

CEM

Completed

Control electronics for the optical calibration system developed by TNO for an instrument of BISME in China

  • Customised Electronic design of redundant control system for moving a dual redundant stepper motor and controlling the current and thermal environment of a laser.
  • Customised EGSE and procedures
  • Customised electronic Packaging
  • Production and Qualification testing of the QM model to TNO standards
  • Production and Acceptance testing of the FM model to TNO standards
  • Documentation pack to TNO standards

Customer: TNO, as part of a larger project deliverable to BISME (China)

Start date: 2014

HW delivery: QM Delivery 2015/6; FM delivery 2016/12

Launch date: Novermber 2017

Remove Debris

Completed

An EU research project to develop and fly an IOD low-cost mission that aims to de-risk and verify technologies needed for future ADR missions. ISISPACE was in charge of the DebriSat’s deployers which are key elements for the success of the mission.

Start date:

Launch date: April 2018

Asteroid Impact Mission

Ongoing

ISISPACE is currently investigating how to Deploy Cubesats in orbits around asteroids using very low deployment velocities and we are looking into means to perform battery charging and satellite health checks while in transit to target asteroids.

Start date:

Launch date: April 2018

SMILE

Completed

SMILE is an H2020 project funded by the EC. Several partners are working to develop the system design and technology for a small launch vehicle, with the goal of increasing Europe’s independence in access to space and to meet the demand for launch capacity in the small satellite sector.

Start date: 2016

End date: 2019

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