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iSIM-90 has successfully arrived at the International Space Station

The ISS viewed from the SpaceX Cargo Dragon during its automated approach before docking © NASA TV

SATLANTIS’ payload, iSIM-90, has been launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in the SpaceX CRS-24 cargo craft from Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, Florida, US) on December 21st, 2021, at 11:06 a.m. CET.

After less than 24 hours of orbital journey, on December 22nd at 09:41 a.m. CET, the SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft, where our camera is located as part of CASPR experiment, arrived to the the International Space Station, docking to the orbiting laboratory’s Harmony module.

CASPR, which is among the science experiments being delivered to the ISS, is carried out together with SATLANTIS’ partner SHREC – the Centre for Space, High-performance, Resilient Computing of the National Science Foundation, also in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Florida.

With CASPR project, SATLANTIS has the objective of demonstrating iSIM-90’s technology through the Space Test Program – Houston 7 of the United States Department of Defence (DoD), managed by NASA.

iSIM-90 IOD mission aims at demonstrating our imager’s key innovative features, simultaneously:

  • Ultra-High Resolution – proprietary techniques that can improve the native resolution of the imager by a factor of 2-3.
  • Multispectral Bands (RGB & NIR) – the imager’s spatial resolution is not degraded proportionally to the number of bands, from VIS to NIR.
  • Agility – iSIM-90 can take images while the satellite is observing along and across its orbit.

These innovations, coupled with iSIM miniaturized size and weight, offer a variety of applications – onboard CubeSats platforms – for land, urban and water areas, ranging from infrastructure to environmental monitoring.

Next steps: on January 8th 2022, the robotic arm of the ISS will install the STP-H7 platform that hosts iSIM-90 in the European laboratory of the ISS, where it will remain operating for at least one year. The operations of the instrument are expected to start in mid-February and will be conducted in collaboration with the SHREC Team.

The event has been followed live through the Official Stream of NASA TV and SPACEX YouYube channel, also available from our website.

A SATLANTIS representative management team has witnessed the launch onsite (at the Kennedy Space Centre) together with investors, American partners, clients and national press, receiving a signficant media coverage.

Links to the other news:

COPE
ECONOMÍA DE HOY
EL INDEPENDIENTE
MSN
EXPANSIÓN
NAIZ
ACTUALIDAD AEROESPACIAL
MMA INGENIERÍA
NIUS DIARIO
ESTRATEGIA EMPRESARIAL
SERVIMEDIA
DIARIO SIGLO XXI
DIARIO ABIERTO

Reportage on iSIM-90 launch, also based on an interview with SATLANTIS CEO Juan Tomás Hernani:

EITB 2 –  As from minute 39: 44
EITB 1 – As from minute 34:51