|Name||IPERDRONE (DAVID, Iperdrone.0, Autonomous Drone ISS Verification and Deorbit)|
|Units or mass||8U|
|Status||not launched, expected in 2023|
|Organisation||CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre)|
|Entity||Government (Civil / Military)|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by Tyvak|
Proximity operations mission of a long-term program developing a multi-functional re-entry system.
Initial risk-reduction step of a long-term program developing a multi-functional re-entry system able to perform autonomous on-orbit operations. Payloads include a diverse set of instruments for relative navigation, a customized propulsion system and dedicated computing capability supporting the vehicle navigation and enabling proximity operations maneuvers.
It was designed to re-enter from low orbit through the Earth’s atmosphere and will operate as a space “messenger”, bringing back to Earth the materials of the scientific experiments conducted on the International Space Station.
IPERDRONE’s first mission, called DAVID, is scheduled for autumn 2019. On that occasion, the Italian space aircraft will perform its first test to demonstrate its capability to interact with the International Space Station, with the transport of the first payloads.
Following its launch, the platform will progressively approach the ISS, where the inspection phase will take place. In fact, the system is equipped with optical payloads to capture visible and infra-red images of the space station from a distance ranging between 300 and 1,500 metres with an accuracy of up to 5 cm; such inspection capability is of paramount importance to the space station that, during its Low Earth Orbit, is subject to orbital debris impact.
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|Keywords||Propulsion, Free-Flying Inspector, Formation flying, Re-entry capsule|