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High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites, Scientific Pathfinder

High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites, Scientific Pathfinder

Objective

HERMES (High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites) Scientific Pathfinder (HERMES-SP) is a mission concept based on a constellation of nano-satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), hosting new miniaturized detectors to probe the X-ray temporal emission of bright high-energy transients such as Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) and the electromagnetic counterparts of Gravitational Wave Events (GWE).
HERMES-SP main goal is to design and implement the first GRBs localisation experiment through a distributed space architecture realized by a 3 +3 CubeSat federation, each equipped with the novel detector to gain a wide deep space coverage and demonstrate capabilities in precisely localising the GRB event in space.
HERMES-SP exploits synergies with an ongoing project funded by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).
GRB localisation is gained by comparing time delays among the same event detection epochs occurred on - at least - 3 detectors spaced out on different satellites. Distribution in space and event detection are the fundamental ingredient to start building up the whole scientific experiment.
HERMES-SP is aiming at demonstrating detection and localisation of high-energy transients feasibility with disruptive technologies and limited effort: simple payload on nano-satellites and a disruptive level of cost-effectiveness: 1-2 order of magnitude cost lower than that standard space projects (ESA class M mission, NASA Explorer mission), 1 order of magnitude lower lifecycle compared with 10-15 years for standard Space Science projects.
The HERMES-SP represents also a step forward the HERMES Full Constellation (HERMES-FC), supposed to further increase the distributed detection points in space with several tents of detector-equipped CubeSats in LEO which timely and completely monitor the Universe listening for and chasing GWEs. It is, therefore preparatory for a proposal to European Entities (Commission, Space Agency), for the HERMES-FC implementation.
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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

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EU Contribution

€ 565 375

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UNIVERZA V NOVI GORICI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 91 500

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 183 750

SKYLABS VESOLJSKE TEHNOLOGIJE DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 324 250

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 238 750

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 198 125

AALTA LAB, RAZVOJ ZMOGLJIVE PROGRAMSKE OPREME D.O.O.

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 107 500

FONDAZIONE POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 110 625

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 298 050

EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 66 250

C3S ELEKTRONIKAI FEJLESZTO KFT.

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 134 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821896

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 434 050

  • EU contribution

    € 3 318 550

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy