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Operational Network of Individual Observation Nodes

Objective

Two trends have recently emerged in space systems and could even further strengthen in the future: small satellites, with the development of key modularisation and miniaturisation technologies, and the deployment of constellations and distributed networks of satellites. It is of primordial importance for Europe to properly analyse those trends and determine whether or not they could provide a competitive advantage for Earth Observation (EO) systems.
To address those challenges, “Operational Network of Individual Observation Nodes,” (ONION) investigates the distribution of spacecraft functionalities into multiple cooperating nodes, leveraging on the emerging fractionated and federated satellite system concepts. The proposed concept provides augmentation, supplementation, and possibilities of new mission for future EO Missions (for science and commercial applications).
ONION objectives:
1. Review the emerging fractionated and federated observation system concepts
2. Identify potential benefits to be obtained in light of observation needs in different Earth Observation domains
3. Identify key required technology challenges entailed by the emerging fractionated and federated satellite system concepts, to be faced in Horizon 2021-2027
4. Validate observation needs with the respective user communities to be fit for purpose in terms of scientific and commercial applications
5: To propose an overall strategy and technical guidelines to implement such concepts at Horizon 2021-2027
ONION will confirm the feasibility of the first established concepts to respond to the identified needs through use-cases. The baseline of the concept consists to supplementing current mission profiles with missing observation bands, augmenting mission lifetimes, and ultimately sharing the capabilities across multiple spacecraft platforms. ONION will enable mission designers and implementers to decide which fractionated and federated concepts will provide competitive imaging from space.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 539 745

Participants (7)

THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 304 700
Address
Calle Einstein 7
28760 Tres Cantos - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEIMOS ENGENHARIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 475 625
Address
Avenida D Joao Ii Lote 1 17 01-8 B Edificio Torre Zen
1998023 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACRI ST SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Route Du Pin Montard 260
06904 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Biot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SKOLKOVO INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Novaya Str 100
143025 Moscow
Activity type
Other
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SPACETEC PARTNERS SRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 228 750
Address
Avenue Louise 66
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)