Small Satellites

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.