SpEye Free Flyer Satellite

SpEye Free Flyer
Spacecraft SpEye Free Flyer (Space Eye)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2026
Launcher not launched
Organisation TSD Space
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Headquarters Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by ?
Operator ?
Partners TSD Space, D-Orbit, Planetek Italia, T4i, Politecnico di Milano, Università di Napoli

Validation of on-orbit inspection and formation-flying techniques for nano-satellite applications. 


Signing of the contract for the phase A study. The mission headed by TSD-Space involves an all-Italian team, including D-Orbit, T4i Technology for Propulsion and Innovation, Planetek Italia, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

Validation of on-orbit inspection and formation-flying techniques for nano-satellite applications. The project foresees two satellites, a Carrier Satellite and a Free Flyer, a nano-satellite (6U CubeSat) carried and released by the Carrier Satellite itself.

The mission has the goal to demonstrate the Free Flyer capability to carry out the on-orbit inspection and mapping of the Carrier Satellite as a Target, thus to verify the formation-flying and autonomous rendez-vous. For the purpose, the Free Flyer will be able to gather Target images through a multispectral and multipurpose vision system for autonomous navigation and inspection.

New technologies will be validated as a Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) processing unit able to integrate GNSS and electro-optical observations, an Inertial Navigation System (INS) for a robust and accurate absolute and relative navigation, as well as a propulsion system allowing formation-flying and proximity operations.

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COTS subsystems
  • THRUSTER - T4i
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Keywords Propulsion, Formation flying

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