Traditional large satellites have their drawbacks including high production/launch/operations costs, long production lead times, lack of flexibility and difficulty to cover large areas in short revisit times. For many applications they are being replaced by innovative small satellite platforms, far easier and cheaper to produce/launch/operate, and, especially for the smaller ones, able to operate in swarms and cover large areas.
Depending on the project or mission and in collaboration with world-leading industrial partners such as TYVAK, OSM can propose solutions involving nanosatellites or microsatellites.
1-10 kg variant
10-100/150 kg variant
Nanosatellites (often Cubesats) operate in networks and have evolved to become suitable low earth orbit (LEO) platforms for certain commercial applications such as earth observation (EO), IoT, etc. Their very low production and launch costs, short production times make them ideally suited to replace large satellites for some applications. New techniques such as micro propulsion or laser communication between nanosatellites will further boost their suitability.
In some cases such as 'GNSS radio occultation' (R0) - a technique that uses signals exchanged between a low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite and a GNSS/GPS geostationnary satellite to obtain real-time measurements of the state of the atmosphere - nanosatellites are ideally suited. OSM is currently participating in the build-up of the CICERO fleet of RO nanosatellites.
Where the throughput or other capabilities of nanosatellites are not enough for a mission due to their very small size, OSM can propose the solution of microsatellites. About 10 times as big. Microsatellites have the flexibility to operate in fleets as well as singly, and in medium earth orbits up to high geostationnary orbits with sizeable payloads.
Their very reasonnable production/launch/operations costs and their substantial capabilities make them ideally suited for a wide range of missions.
OSM is uniquely placed to implement microsatellite solutions in close cooperation with its key industrial partners in USA and Europe as well as partners and subcontractors in the Cannes-Sophia Antipolis-Torino aerospace cluster area, as well as beyond, including in Israel and Asia.