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Space WIreless sensor networks for Planetary Exploration

Objective

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.

Coordinator

TEKEVER TECNOLOGIAS DE INFORMACAO SA

Address

Rua Da Leziria 1
2510 219 Obidos

Portugal

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 433 662

Administrative Contact

Andre Oliveira (Mr.)

Participants (4)

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ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 331 100

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 269 196

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 222 383

CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA NELL' AUTOMATICA E NELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI C.R.A.T.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 239 511

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312826

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 056 245,36

  • EU contribution

    € 1 495 852

Coordinated by:

TEKEVER TECNOLOGIAS DE INFORMACAO SA

Portugal