Multifunctional Sensor for Small/Micro Satellite
need new low cost and weight sensor easy to integrate in a plug-in
approach and capable to improve platforms versatility while reducing
integration time and complexity.
particularly true for the new generation of small and micro satellites to
be launched in constellation and formation. Controlling small satellites
cooperation and protecting the space assets from debris are two important
issues of current and future missions.
reduction and safety of space missions is a key issue for further expand
European leadership in particular in the Earth Observation and
The POLIFEMO (Panoramic Multifunctional
Sensor for Small/Micro Satellite) is a unique solution for an integrated sensor capable to replace
by one single unit the functions of Sun sensor, Earth sensor
and Star tracker and
additionally providing external situational awareness.
POLIFEMO is based on a
innovative lens with a very wide angle (with a hyper-hemispheric field of
view) able to look at a field of view of 360° in
azimuth (panoramic omnidirectional lens) and 270° in
elevation (hyper-hemispheric capabilities). POLIFEMO, with that extremely
high field of view and unique imaging detection capability, results in a
small, low weight, low cost and reliable (no moving part, potentially
failure point) space sensor. It is unique in the market of space sensors
and suitable for many space and non space
missions (e.g., communication, weather, imaging, surveillance, deep space
but also UAV/HAP).
Italiani srl , a SME
active in developing microsatellite and space applications, has set up,
during the phase 1 project, a very experienced team of engineering and commercial specialists for carrying
on the proposed project
The POLIFEMO product reference context