SkyLabs technology utilised in new innovative Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) from Deimos
We are proudly introducing a collaboration agreement between SkyLabs and Deimos Elecnor, with headquarters in Spain. SkyLabs will provide On-Board Computer (OBC) and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) equipment for DEIMOS’ standalone AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) product for small satellites.
A modular AOCS for small satellites is being developed by Deimos to address the need for the rapid procurement of agile and high stability attitude control systems for platforms which are particularly suited for LEO and Earth Observation missions.
SkyLabs solution has been recognised by Deimos, as the one, that can truly enable Deimos to develop leading-edge AOCS product and on top of that offers high configurability and customisation to address a wide variety of small satellite missions and a range of actuator and sensor solutions. In particular, SkyLabs’s solution for AOCS product is based on a NANOhpm-obc and picoRTU system, which is combination than can tackle the most demanding AOCS needs. NANOhpm-obc is high performance OBC, one of the first solutions with RISC-V fault tolerant processor inside, to answer the most demanding LEO applications with very high-performance needs. The picoRTU system is based on a distributed intelligence thanks to the PicoSkyFT IP solution, which enables higher level of subsystem autonomy, showcases the use of modern design techniques, facilitating higher modularity and interoperability of satellite equipment, and thus enabling scalability of actuator and sensor interfaces according to mission needs.
Dejan Gačnik, CTO of SkyLabs and responsible for overall cooperation with DEIMOS, says: ‘This cooperation agreement proves once again that SkyLabs is providing the leading-edge satellite solutions for the small satellites market, and thus enabling our customers to build innovative, dependable and cost-efficient systems. SkyLabs is going to supply DEIMOS picoRTU and NANOhpm-obc as critical equipment of the their highly innovative and modular AOCS. Both critical elements have been developed jointly under ESA General Support and Technology Programme, as the results of systematically well identified market needs years ago and condensate knowhow resulting from several R&D activities.‘
Dr. Murray Kerr, DEIMOS’ head of Flight Engineering and responsible for the SAT4EOCE project, says: ‘Our AOCS product is highly innovative, in both its provision of very high pointing stability and agility, and its low-price point. SkyLabs is just the partner we need to make our AOCS both modular and reliable. We hope to build a strong and enduring cooperation with SkyLabs in the commercial market.‘
By entering collaboration agreement with Deimos, SkyLabs became a provider of the OBC and RTU solutions for the AOCS and beyond.
‘Cooperation with DEIMOS is another important milestone for SkyLabs, as we have been recognised as trustworthy supplier also in the domain of small-scale satellites. I am confident that this is just a beginning of our important and strategic cooperation with DEIMOS in the segment of small satellites and even beyond.‘, says Dr. Tomaž Rotovnik, CEO of SkyLabs.
‘This new DEIMOS commercial AOCS product is the result of a significant internal investment and the key support of ESA and our delegations’, says Simone Centuori, Flight Systems Director of Elecnor Deimos. ‘This is part of DEIMOS’ move to offer commercial products from the wealth of proven space solutions available from DEIMOS’ 20 years of reliable operations in the space sector. Partnering with SkyLabs is consistent with our commercial approach to reach agreements with key clients, partners and providers.’
About Elecnor Deimos
Elecnor Deimos is a European technology group founded in 2001, with about 500 staff, headquartered in Spain with subsidiaries in five countries. The group operates in space, transports, aeronautics and maritime sectors, and also designs and implements digital transformation processes.
Elecnor Deimos has developed multiple space technologies and tools stemming from more than 500 contracts with ESA, NASA and other agencies. In addition to engineering work, the company has developed and provides operational space and ground infrastructure services for tracking and receiving satellite data and for its DEIMOS Sky Survey Center.
Deimos provides end-to-end services for space systems also following the New Space philosophy, covering small satellite design and integration, micro-launcher subsystem development and operations, earth observation satellite operations, data provision and end-user applications and services.