The main purpose of nanosatellites is to provide a fast and affordable access to space for small payloads.
General features of all nanosatellites according to the Cubesat standard are:
- Each single nanosatellite may not exceed 1 kg mass and 10x10x10 cm³.
- LEO (Low Earth Orbits).
- Less qualification requirements (use of COTS parts).
- Double and triple configurations are possible: 2 kg (20x10x10 cm³) or 3 kg (30x10x10 cm³).
Thanks to CubeSat standard, scientific and technical research teams from a variety of disciplines can access to a space flight mission at low cost and in a short term to address:
–Small budget research projects.
–In-Orbit Demonstration / Validation of novel products.
–Technology In-Flight qualification.
–Educational and training programmes.
Emxys has developed its own nanosatellite platform for IOD/IOV applications, NAOSAT.
The range of scientific and technical disciplines targeted by CubeSat missions is growing continuously:
- Life Sciences.
- Physics (Nuclear, Optics & Photonics, Atmospheric,…).
- New concepts in Communications.
- Qualification flight for technology test-beds.
- Advanced propulsion concepts.