SkyLabs has signed a new Collaboration Agreement with Deimos Elecnor to provide On-Board Computer (OBC) and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) equipment for DEIMOS’ standalone AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) product for smallsats.
A modular AOCS for small satellites is being developed by Deimos to address the need for the rapid procurement of agile and high stability attitude control systems for platforms that are particularly suited for LEO and Earth Observation (EO) missions.
SkyLabs solution has been recognized by Deimos as the one that can enable Deimos to develop leading-edge AOCS product and, on top of that, offers high configurability and customization to address a wide variety of smallsat missions and a range of actuator and sensor solutions. In particular, SkyLabs’ solution for AOCS product is based on a NANOhpm-obc and picoRTU system, which is combination than can tackle the most demanding AOCS needs.
NANOhpm-obc is high performance OBC, one of the first solutions with RISC-V fault tolerant processor within to answer the most demanding LEO applications with very high-performance needs.
The picoRTU system is based on a distributed intelligence thanks to the PicoSkyFT IP solution that enables higher levels of subsystem autonomy, showcases the use of modern design techniques, facilitating higher modularity and interoperability of satellite equipment, and thereby enabling scalability of actuator and sensor interfaces according to mission needs. By entering collaboration agreement with Deimos, SkyLabs became a provider of the OBC and RTU solutions for the AOCS and beyond.
Dejan Gačnik, CTO of SkyLabs and responsible for overall cooperation with DEIMOS, said, ‘This cooperation agreement proves once again that SkyLabs is providing the leading-edge satellite solutions for the small satellites market, and thus enabling our customers to build innovative, dependable and cost-efficient systems. SkyLabs is going to supply DEIMOS picoRTU and NANOhpm-obc as critical equipment of the their highly innovative and modular AOCS. Both critical elements have been developed jointly under ESA General Support and Technology Programme, as the results of systematically well identified market needs years ago and condensate knowhow resulting from several R&D activities.‘
Dr. Murray Kerr, DEIMOS’ head of Flight Engineering and responsible for the SAT4EOCE project, said, ‘Our AOCS product is highly innovative, in both its provision of very high pointing stability and agility, and its low-price point. SkyLabs is just the partner we need to make our AOCS both modular and reliable. We hope to build a strong and enduring cooperation with SkyLabs in the commercial market.‘
“Cooperation with DEIMOS is another important milestone for SkyLabs, as we have been recognized as trustworthy supplier also in the domain of small-scale satellites. I am confident that this is just a beginning of our important and strategic cooperation with DEIMOS in the segment of small satellites and even beyond,” said Dr. Tomaž Rotovnik, CEO of SkyLabs.