Introducing PEASSS

In this post, we’re introducing the PEASSS satellite, one of the passengers in the ISILaunch17 Campaign.

PEASSS stands for “Piezo Electric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure”. Some background on the project and the satellite:
The objective of the PEASSS is to develop, manufacture, test and qualify ‘smart structures’ which combine composite panels, piezoelectric materials and nest generation sensors, for autonomously improved pointing accuracy and power generation in space. The technologies that will be developed in the PEASSS project directly enable European space observation and in-space activities. The project will create a cutting edge technology based on piezo actuated smart composite panels, which can improve the accuracy and stability of nearly all Earth Observation sensor platforms. As described below, the improved pointing accuracy and potential for reduction of mechanical noise stands to improve all types of observations, from environmental and planetary mapping to border and regional observation. Furthermore, the project will advance alternative power generation in space, which stands to enable distributed sensor networks and other next generation space technologies. In addition, this new technology will help keep Europe on the cutting edge of space research, potentially improving the cost and development time for more accurate sensor platforms. Likewise, this new “smart structure” technology may provide positive economic impacts to other industries, such as its utilization to reduce noise and related fatigue in future aircraft composites.
The project is conducted by a consortium lead by the Dutch research institute TNO, with NSL, AST, Technion, SONACA and ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space as project partners. Within the consortium, ISIS has been responsible for the design and production of the 3U CubeSat platform, and the integration, testing and finally launch and operations of the satellite.
The satellite has now been integrated in the QuadPack deployer, ready to be launched on PSLV.