FSSCAT, the 2017 copernicus masters' "ESA sentinel small satellite challenge" winner: A federated polar and soil moisture tandem mission based on 6U Cubesats

A. Camps, A. Golkar, A. Gutierrez, J. A. Ruiz De Azua, J. F. Munoz-Martin, L. Fernandez, C. Diez, A. Aguilella, S. Briatore, R. Akhtyamov, N. Garzaniti

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Abstract

FSSCAT is an innovative mission concept consisting of two federated 6U Cubesats in support of the Copernicus Land and Marine Environment services. The first CubeSat carries the Flexible Microwave Payload-2 (FMPL-2), a dual microwave payload (a GNSS-Reflectometer and an L-band radiometer with interference detection/mitigation), and the second one a hyper-spectral optical payload. The combined use of these payloads will allow to measure soil moisture, ice extent, and ice thickness, and to detect melting ponds over ice. FSSCAT also includes radio and optical inter-satellite links to test some of the techniques and technologies for the upcoming satellite federations. FSSCAT will be the precursor of a constellation of federated small satellites for Earth observation achieving high temporal resolution and moderate spatial resolution in a cost-effective manner.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages8285-8287
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781538671504
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018
Event38th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Volume2018-July

Conference

Conference38th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period22/07/1827/07/18

Keywords

  • Cubesat
  • GNSS-R
  • Hyperspectral camera
  • Microwave radiometry
  • Optical inter-satellite link

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