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Space WIreless sensor networks for Planetary Exploration

Objectif

SWIPE intends to bring Wireless Sensor Networks based on MANET terrestrial technology to space. In order to prepare for manned missions to other planets, it is necessary to monitor permanently the surface environment and have a clear notion of its conditions. Hundreds or thousands of small wireless sensors could be dropped from a satellite orbiting the planet onto the surface to assure a uniform and sufficient coverage. These autonomous sensors would then create their own ad hoc network while some of them, equipped with satellite communication capabilities, would establish a link between the WSN and the satellite. Data gathered from the sensors would be processed and sent to the satellite and later to Earth. SWIPE will define this mission scenario in detail, as well as mission and system requirements, and will also perform system level design of the three different communication segments involved: within the sensor network, between the sensor network and the relay satellite and between the satellite and Earth. However, SWIPE’s main goal is to design and develop three fully functional node prototypes, focused on two main areas, communications and the sensors themselves, together with simple power and control units. Three prototypes are needed to validate the ad hoc networking concept. The whole system will be evaluated in laboratory and in a field test on planetary surface analogue (e.g. Svalbard in Norway), which will be chosen according to the mission scenario.
SWIPE’s philosophy relies on terrestrial technology. The communications concept for instance is based on a terrestrial networking technology, not yet validated in space. The hardware communications platform will be based on Software-Defined Radio, another promising terrestrial technology already deserving the attention of the major space players.

Appel à propositions

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Régime de financement

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinateur

TEKEVER TECNOLOGIAS DE INFORMACAO SA
Adresse
Rua Das Minas 2 Zona Industrial Estrada Da Foz De
2500-750 Caldas Da Rainha
Portugal
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contribution de l’UE
€ 433 662
Contact administratif
Andre Oliveira (Mr.)

Participants (4)

ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL
Espagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 331 100
Adresse
Calle Margarita Salas 10
28919 Leganes Madrid
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Javier Gomez (Mr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
Contribution de l’UE
€ 269 196
Adresse
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Duc Pham-Minh (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 222 383
Adresse
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Marie Adams (Ms.)
CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA NELL' AUTOMATICA E NELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI C.R.A.T.
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 239 511
Adresse
Via Giovanni Nicotera 29
00195 Roma
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contact administratif
Sabrina Giampaoletti (Ms.)