e.Inspector (e-INSPECTOR)

e.Inspector
Name e.Inspector (e-INSPECTOR)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Launcher not launched
Organisation Politecnico di Milano
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation (HQ) Italy
Nation (AIT) ?
Manufacturer AIVT by ?
Operator ?
Oneliner

Flying around the VESPA debris to precisely reconstruct its shape and dynamics in preparation of its capture for removal.

Description

The ESA funded e.Inspector mission currently in phase B, aims at flying around the VESPA debris to precisely reconstruct its shape and dynamics in preparation of its capture for removal.

The consortium, led by PoliMi, is sizing a 12U CubeSat, equipped with COTS VIS and IR imagers, for multispectral measurements exploitation to enhance performances in relative navigation and target inspection. A dedicated IP-based GNC SW is being developed to manage the whole relative operations, from far to close. A specific processing HW architecture was designed and PIL tests are foreseen to start in short. HIL tests will follow in the GNC PoliMi dark room to verify and confirm the whole HW\SW chain from cameras to relative state reconstruction before entering the next project phase.

To be flexible with respect to launcher release and target debris location at launch, e.Inspector is equipped with qualified electric propulsion currently undergoing endurance tests.

Sources [1] [2]
Photo sources [1]
COTS subsystems
  • THRUSTER - T4i
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords Propulsion, Free-Flying Inspector, Formation flying

Last modified: 2023-12-18

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