Case Studies2018-10-06T17:07:29+00:00

CASE STUDIES

CASE STUDIES

More than 10 Years of Successful Projects

Since embarking on the development of nanosatellites more than 10 years ago, the Alén Space team has led international missions, obtaining landmark achievements that have positioned us where we are today, such as placing the first Spanish nanosatellite in orbit or developing the first CubeSat sent by the UN. Below are a few details of our key projects to date.

Lume-1 Fire-RS project

Lume-1

  • 2018

  • Project with CNRS, France

  • Launch scheduled

  • 3U class

Lume-1 is a nanosatellite developed within the framework of the European FireRs project, a tool for the early detection of forest fires and to provide support for characterising and extinguishing them. The Alén Space was commissioned with developing and including the necessary payloads, as well as handling the satellite launch and later operations.

SERPENS nanosatellite

SERPENS

  • 2015

  • Project with the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB)

  • Launched from the International Space Station (ISS)

  • 3U class

The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) selected and hired the Alén Space team to manufacture the SERPENS nanosatellite. This CubeSat was developed from the highly successful results of the Xatcobeo and HUMSAT-D satellite designs, in partnership with a team of Brazilian engineers. It was launched in 2015 from the International Space Station.

DustCube Nanosatellite

DustCube

  • 2015-2016

  • Project with ESA and NASA

  • Study phase of Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM)

  • 3U class

The European Space Agency invited the Alén Space team to form part of the DustCube project, a nanosatellite created to study the impact it can produce on an asteroid in order to divert its trajectory in the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) project. DustCube had to be capable of withstanding impacts, radiation and extreme temperatures. We were responsible for drawing up the mission’s feasibility study.

Humsat-D Nanosatellite

HUMSAT-D

  • 2013

  • Project with UNOOSA and ESA

  • Launch on the Russian rocket Dnepr-1

  • 1U class

HUMSAT-D is considered to be the first nanosatellite launched by the UN. It is a system for collecting data for humanitarian purposes, a project backed by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). It was launched in 2013 and operated for a year by the Alén Space team, during which time all the mission’s objectives were met.

Xatcobeo Nanosatellite

Xatcobeo

  • 2012

  • Project with the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA)

  • Launched on the Vega rocket: ESA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)

  • 1U class

In 2012 Xatcobeo became the first Spanish nanosatellite in space and the Alén Space team’s first major achievement. Our professionals led the development phase of this project and the later operations in orbit over the following two and a half years.