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Objective

Nano-satellites are becoming a reality and are being used for increasingly complex missions. However, to facilitate more advanced scientific missions greater capabilities are needed in terms of mission life-time, communication bandwidth and attitude determination and control. Many science applications of nano-satellites are currently being explored for future implementation, especially in the US, and the SEAM project will ensure that Europe develops the required technology to maintain and strengthen our current leading role in the nano-satellite market.

The SEAM project has as objective to develop and demonstrate a robust & reliable 3kg satellite platform developed specifically to support science missions. Special emphasis will be put on magnetic cleanliness of the spacecraft, which will allow magnetosphere missions to be conducted with the platform. To meet requirements for magnetic cleanliness new developments are needed for many of the subsystems to be provided by the consortium partners.

The project is lead by KTH, Sweden, representing a science customer for a nano-satellite platform and the platform development will be undertaken by a group of leading SMEs in the emerging market for nano-satellites representing both a system integrator (GOM) subsystem developers (AAC, ECM, KAYSER) and payload technology providers (BLE, LEMI). Finally SSC is responsible for the S-band ground network support. The consortium thus represents the complete value chain for a scientific mission and the project will demonstrate a complete scientific mission development and operations process. ECM who has access to launch opportunities in Russia will procure the launch of the satellite.

With the result of the project in terms of the SEAM satellite and the proven effectiveness of this platform and associated business network representing the value chain the consortium partners will be in a good position to start offering platforms and turn-key mission solutions to science users.
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Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Address

Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 527 900

Administrative Contact

Irene Johansson (Ms)

Participants (8)

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AAC MICROTEC AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 93 500

ENGINEERING CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT OFFICE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 44 700

LABORATORY OF ELECTRO-MAGNETIC INNOVATIONS LLC

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 185 000

BL-ELECTRONICS SZAMITASTECHNIKAI KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 150 080

GOMSPACE APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 351 120

SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 151 100

KAYSER ITALIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 180 270

ECM SPACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 315 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607197

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    5 September 2013

  • End date

    1 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 638 349,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 998 970

Coordinated by:

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden