24/7 Space News
TECH SPACE
AAC Clyde Space to be part of first ESA situational awareness GEO Satellite program
File illustration of AAC Clyde Space satellite bus.
ADVERTISEMENT
AAC Clyde Space to be part of first ESA situational awareness GEO Satellite program
by Staff Writers
Edinburgh, Scotland (SPX) Jan 31, 2023

A consortium including AAC Clyde Space's subsidiary AAC Hyperion has been selected by European Defence Fund to develop a less than 100 kg satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit (GEO) for space situational awareness. The satellite, named Naucrates, is not to be trackable from ground radar, optical telescope or radio telescope. It is set to be the first European GEO satellite for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) in GEO.

With its expertise in attitude determination and control systems, AAC Hyperion will provide components for the prototype. As a consortium partner, AAC Hyperion will also participate in designing the satellite bus, its prototype as well as in integration and testing.

This project receives funding from the European Defence Fund (EDF) of EUR 0.7 M (approx. SEK 8.0 M) under grant agreement 101102517 - NAUCRATES - EDF-2021-OPEN-D. The satellite is expected to be delivered in 2026.

Europe, with its fleet of both military and commercial GEO satellites, increasingly needs independent space monitoring and surveillance capabilities. The Naucrates satellite will fulfil a critical role in the European ability to perform Space Situational Awareness.

The satellite will be positioned in a stable orbit outside the GEO belt not to disturb other satellites or transmissions, with the capability to approach other objects in GEO to take centimeter level resolution images. It will host an optical telescope using special infrared for images transmission to minimize eavesdropping possibilities.

"We are proud to be part of this cutting-edge project, that will advance the capabilities of small satellites even further, while contributing to a safer orbital environment.." says AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.

Satellites in geostationary orbit remain exactly above the equator at approx. 36,000 kilometers not changing their position with respect to a location on Earth. The Naucrates satellite will be launched directly into GEO by Ariane 6 and could stay in orbit for a 3 to 5 years.

Related Links
AAC CLYDE
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

RELATED CONTENT
The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
TECH SPACE
Eutelsat successfully decommissions EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite
Paris, France (SPX) Jan 20, 2023
Initially designed for a 15-year lifetime, the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite has retired after an impressive 20+ years of fruitful in-orbit operation. The satellite was successfully re-orbited as planned to more than 400km above the geostationary arc, the propulsion system depressurised and the electrical equipment on board passivated. The final operation to de-activate the remaining Radio Frequency source (telemetry transmitter) was performed from the Issy-les-Moulineaux Satellite Control Centre on 13 Ja ... read more

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
TECH SPACE
NASA Spinoffs bolster climate resilience, improve medical care, more

UAE astronaut says not required to fast during Ramadan on ISS

20 Years Ago: Remembering Columbia and Her Crew

Astronauts conduct first ISS spacewalk of 2023

TECH SPACE
Lockheed Martin team up with DARPA and AFRL for hypersonics

NASA validates revolutionary propulsion design for deep space missions

MIT Gas Turbine Laboratory prepares to jet into the future

NASA safety system enables Rocket Lab launch from Wallops

TECH SPACE
Aiming for the Triple Junction: Sols 3723-3724

Perseverance marks 1 Martian Year at Jezero

Sol 3721: Wrapping up at the Encanto Drill Site

NASA launches Mars Sample Receiving Project Office at Johnson

TECH SPACE
Chinese astronauts send Spring Festival greetings from space station

China to launch 200-plus spacecraft in 2023

China's space industry hits new heights

China's first private sector 2023 rocket launch up, up and away

TECH SPACE
Lockheed Martin's first LM 400 Multi-Mission Spacecraft completed

Iridium GO exec redefines personal off-the-grid connectivity

SpaceX launches 56 more Starlink satellites in heaviest payload yet

Hawkeye 360 launches Cluster 6 satellites aboard inaugural Rocket Lab Electron flight from Virginia

TECH SPACE
D-Orbit launches ION's first mission into a midinclination orbit

AAC Clyde Space to be part of first ESA situational awareness GEO Satellite program

IBM and NASA collaborate to research impact of climate change with AI

AI voice tool 'misused' as deepfakes flood web forum

TECH SPACE
Webb Telescope identifies origins of icy building blocks of life

Rare opportunity to study short-lived volcanic island reveals sulfur-metabolizing microbes

New small laser device can help detect signs of life on other planets

How do rocky planets really form

TECH SPACE
Webb spies Chariklo ring system with high-precision technique

Europe's JUICE spacecraft ready to explore Jupiter's icy moons

Exotic water ice contributes to understanding of magnetic anomalies on Neptune and Uranus

From Europe to Jupiter via Kourou

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


ADVERTISEMENT



The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.