Realisation of a challenging, inspiring, motivating and affordable joint project
- All partner regions Georgia, Upper Austria, Quebec, São Paulo, Shandong,Western Cape, Bavaria host universities, companies or agencies with emphasis in space technology.
- Universities from the partner regions are involved in leading edge research on pico-satellites, and operate already several satellites successfully in orbit.
- It is a symbolic perspective, when the partner regions extend their terrestrial cooperation to hightech demonstration in space to realize a system of cooperating small satellites based on technologies from the partner regions.
- Applications in Earth observation and environment monitoring will be addressed.
The journal “Science” selects every year the “Breakthroughs of the Year” and in addition also the 10 runner-ups for the most promising future scientific areas. Here the topic “Satellite formations” corresponds to two mentioned fields.
Planet Labs produces pico-satellites with dimension 30 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm for Earth observation with about 5 m resolution
2016: launch of about 100 Dove satellites flying in a constellation is planned. The companies Spire (San Francisco) and PlanetiQ (Boulder, Colorado) detect with a pico-satellite constellation atmospheric deviations of GPS-signals and infer weather characteristics (like temperature, pressure, humidity)