A team led by UPC, ONION consortium member, is the overall winner of the Copernicus Masters 2017

The 2017 Copernicus Masters winner is FSSCat: Federated Satellite System 6U tandem mission for sea ice and soil moisture monitoring, submitted by Prof Adriano Camps & Alessandro Golkar (Visiting Professor),...

  • FSS CAT artist's impression (source: ESA)
Event date: 
11/20/2017

The 2017 Copernicus Masters winner is FSSCat: Federated Satellite System 6U tandem mission for sea ice and soil moisture monitoring, submitted by Prof Adriano Camps & Alessandro Golkar (Visiting Professor), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), which is part of the ONION consortium, Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) & Golbriak Space oü, Estonia.
FSSCat is an innovative mission concept consisting of two federated 6U CubeSats in support of the Copernicus Land and Marine Environment services. They carry a dual microwave payload (a GNSS-Reflectometer and an L-band radiometer with interference detection/mitigation), and a multi-spectral optical payload to measure soil moisture, ice extent, and ice thickness, and to detect melting ponds over ice. It also includes a radio/optical inter-satellite link and an Iridium inter-satellite link to test some of the techniques and technologies for upcoming satellite federations. FSSCat will be the precursor of a constellation of federated small satellites for Earth observation achieving high temporal resolution and moderate spatial resolution in a cost-effective manner.

Read about the full story here: http://www.copernicus-masters.com/winner/ffscat-towards-federated-eo-sys...

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