The contract deliveries will take place in 2021/2022 and GomSpace will support the technology activities of the university with products and knowledge.
The main goal of the High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites (H.E.R.M.E.S.) mission is the accurate and prompt localization of bright hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray transients, such as Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), with a distribution of sensors on a 6 cubesat constellation.
The concept is based on miniaturized, innovative high energy emission detectors developed by Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) and hosted by a constellation of 6 smallsats to be launched into LEO, designed and implemented at the Politecnico di Milano labs.
The H.E.R.M.E.S. program is carried out via a collaboration between Politecnico di Milano and INAF, together with many other national and international entities active in the Space sector, and is financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR), the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
“We are glad to support Politecnico di Milano and we put a great honor in supporting university missions, share our knowledge and help building up academic space capabilities,” said Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.