SAILS Satellite

Spacecraft name SAILS (Spaceborne Autonomous Identification and Localization System)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2026
Launcher not launched
Entity name RadarSensing
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Nation Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by ?
Operator ?
Partners New Production Concept, Polytechnic University of Bari

Demonstration of an innovative Spaceborne Autonomous Identification and Localization System (SAILS) 


Development and (In-Orbit) demonstration of an innovative Spaceborne Autonomous Identification and Localization System (SAILS) for a single 12U CubeSat platform in LEO Orbit.

A very compact instrument design based on the effective combination of Digital Beam Forming and Onboard processing approaches will provide the capability of very accurate real-time tracking. Challenging aspects will be the multichannel sensor design and the real-time algorithms fulfilling the DOA (Direction of Arrival) estimation and tracking loop constraints.

The in-orbit technological demonstration of this capability will be achieved by executing a complete end-to-end ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) mission for ground-based RF emitters identification and localization. Starting from this ISR verification approach, the system performance and design solutions will be accurately reviewed in order to evaluate their potential employment for a wide range of space sensor applications like space debris monitoring, collision avoidance, navigation, and rendezvous aid.

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