VULCAIN

VULCAIN
Spacecraft name VULCAIN
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Organisation Politecnico di Milano
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Country Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by ?
Operator ?
Partners LEONARDO, Leaf Space, Flysight
Oneliner

Acquiring multispectral images of selected volcanoes to monitor the important scientific activity.

Description

The VULCAIN mission aims at acquiring multispectral images of selected volcanoes to monitor the important scientific activity.

The mission, led by Politecnico di Milano, will fly a formation of two 12U CubeSats positioned on a Very Low Altitude Circular Polar Earth Orbit, which poses technical and scientific challenges.

To reach its objectives, VULCAIN embarks a specifically developed miniaturized Thermal Infra-Red (IR) imager and a Visible (VIS) camera, for multispectral imaging, and flies in formation to get a baseline for stereoscopic imaging of the Earth with particular relevance on volcanos and coastal areas.

To push forward the border of high-quality science with nano-satellites, VULCAIN will demonstrate in orbit the possibility to reach high relative positioning precision and control, thanks to RF inter-satellite ranging and low thrust control in very perturbed orbits. Laser retro-reflectors will also be embarked in order to achieve high accuracy absolute orbit determination using laser ranging techniques from ground.

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Keywords VLEO (Very Low Earth Orbit), Formation flying, Propulsion, Intersatellite links

Related Spacecraft

Spacecraft Status Launcher Launch Orbit
VULCAIN A not launched not launched 2026-12-31 not launched
VULCAIN B not launched not launched 2026-12-31 not launched

Last modified: 2023-11-04

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