Satellite SROC (Space Rider Observer Cube)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Launcher not launched, (Space Rider)
Organization Politecnico di Torino
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by Terran Orbital
Operator Terran Orbital
Partners Polytechnic University of Turin, University of Padova, StellarProject
Costs $4.7 million

Perform in-situ observations of Space Rider and docking for re-entering with the mothership.


Space Rider is a new transportation system in development by Thales-Alenia for ESA. SROC will be part of the Space Rider’s Cargo Bay.

The SROC mission goals are: to fly around the SR vehicle and perform observations in visible, near infrared and thermal infrared wavelengths and to validate critical small satellite operations and technologies such as deployment and retrieval capabilities from and to the cargo bay of the SR.

The system will perform a mission featuring Proximity Operations in the vicinity of the Space Rider (SR) vehicle before docking and re-entering Earth with the mothership.

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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Tyvak
Keywords Docking, Propulsion

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