Close collaboration between the Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has yielded an advanced electronic receiver that constitutes a unique development in the nano-satellite category, IAI announced on 20 August.
The collaboration was managed under Technion’s ADELIS-SAMSON project, in which three nano-satellites will be launched in December. The satellites, which will fly in an autonomous formation without human intervention, are tasked with receiving signals from Earth and detecting their precise location for search and rescue (SAR), remote sensing and environmental monitoring missions. The software and flight control algorithms were developed in Technion’s Distributed Space Systems Lab at the Asher Space Research Institute.
The electronic receiver, developed and built specifically for the project by IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems, picks up, identifies and records signals from Earth. It comprises an information processing system that calculates the location of the transmission. The miniature system was developed especially for nano-satellites, to expand the scope of addressable missions. The system integrates with the three mission computers developed by IAI’s MABAT Division.
ADELIS-SAMSON is headed by Prof Pini Gurfil, head of the Asher Space Research Institute and a faculty member in Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. It is supported by the ADELIS Foundation and the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“We worked closely with IAI engineers on this development for more than five years,” commented Prof Gurfil. “The project showcases the benefits of academy-industry collaboration, which yielded an outstanding result in the form of an innovative space-borne system. We thank IAI engineers for their professionalism and commitment. The system we co-developed places ADELIS-SAMSON at the forefront of nano-satellite technology.”
IAI’s CEO, Nimrod Sheffer, added “The new development will help promote a new space research area. Collaboration with the Technion and other academic institutions is invaluable to us, as it promotes academic research and our future technological ventures. The receiver developed for this project offers a new way for space geo-location of ground electromagnetic signals. It is based on IAI’s extensive engineering know-how and experience in satellites, electronic warfare, intelligence interpretation systems, and communication networks.”