Bifrost Satellite

Spacecraft Bifrost
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher not launched
Organization Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO)
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Country Denmark
Manufacturer AIVT by Space Inventor
Operator Space Inventor
Partners DTU, Terma, GateHouse, Space Inventor

Explore AI based surveillance applications from space.


BIFROST is a satellite-based system for advanced on-orbit image and signal analysis with the aim of establishing a platform in space to gain further experience in AI-based surveillance and sensor fusion using multiple on-board sensors. The satellite will also test means of communication directly between different satellites in order to achieve real-time access to the intelligence data, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of Tactical Earth Observation. This will demonstrate that the presence of a specific activity can be detected and reported to the operational ground controller in real-time.

The BIFROST project will be initiated as a joint mission with several national as well as international partners. Space Inventor, Terma, GateHouse SatCom and DTU are undertaking a small satellite mission to the Danish Defence with the main purpose of demonstrating AI based surveillance from space. This will form a broad national foundation for the space technology needed to support Danish Defence in the future and will be a stepping stone towards a future international cooperation regarding space-based surveillance activities of common interest.

This mission will provide DALO (Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization) with information on applied AI in space for earth observation missions as well as detecting ships, oil spills and much more due to the versatile payloads on-board.

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Last modified: 2023-06-11

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