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Aviosonic Space Tech is a company founded in 2015 with the aim of reducing the hazard of re-entering space debris collisions for satellites, air traffic, sensitive installations, and most of all for people on the ground.
The extensive experience in air and navigation safety of founders and professional dedicated to Aviosonic’s mission led the company to develop the Debris Collision Alert System, DeCAS.
DeCAS, is a small and lightweight “smart black-box” device that is installed on space vehicles and allows to track and model in real time the trajectory of the fragments and their impact area.
Aviosonic technology solution will improve safety standards and risk assessment analysis not only during the re-entry phase, but throughout the complete descent phase, up to in-orbit phase management.
Indeed, Aviosonic’s mission is to offer complete end-to-end safety capsule for satellite operations, covering the complete extension of the space industry segments, from launchers to satellites.
Our Vision is to build a safe and sustainable future for the space activities, ensuring safety for operators long term sustainability of the outer space environment.
Aviosonic technology will therefore provide the following unique benefits to the main stakeholders involved in the space sector:
· Enhanced security for governments and population;
· Easy-to-install Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) ans STM (Space Traffic Management) technology for satellite operators and manufacturers;
· Compliance with international standards and guidelines;
· Reduced space insurance premium for satellite companies.
Piazzale Antonio Baiamonti 3, 20154 Milan Milan, Italy
Piazzale Antonio Baiamonti 3, 20154 Milan Milan, Italy
Piermarco Martegani - Founder & CEO
Aviosonic Space Tech has patented and is developing the Debris Collision Alert System. DeCAS, is a small and lightweight “smart black-box” device that is installed on space vehicles and allows to track and model in real time the trajectory of the fragments and their impact area (footprint). It is provided with standard space technologies for data broadcasting – antennas, sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers, GPS receiver, power supply system.
DeCAS will enable safety agencies to be promptly notified about potential danger for people or property, with a highly precise overlay map of the dangerous area.
It is installed onboard space vehicles and satellites and remains in a dormant status until it is activated by specific triggers during the re-entry phase. The system collects data about the host vehicle and provides its position during the descent to ground stations, so as to pre-determine the expected impact area with progressively higher accuracy.
The technology has been developed to survive the breakup phase, and to act as a “smart fragment”, which can autonomously determine its relative location in the projected fragment area (footprint).
DeCAS is the only system able to collect and broadcast in realtime re-entry data. Since the prediction software onboard is based on actual in situ collected data during and after the breakup, DeCAS smart fragment is able to acquire, elaborate and transmit with progressively higher accuracy.
This allows DeCAS blackbox to track in real time and with progressively higher accuracy the position and fragment footprint of a re-entering vehicle. The process does not involve the enormous expenses required to operate ground station networks because it is embedded in each space vehicle and transmits real data on its actual position. Moreover, it always guarantees first the identification of the satellite and secondly the footprint position starting from the beginning of the re-entry phase, efficiently integrating already established space debris tracking technologies, therefore acting as a complementary capabilities’ enhancer.
DeCAS enables to easily monitor all the upper stage components and satellites, thus improving global capability to monitor and mitigate potential risks. which currently is primarily focused on specific high profile Active debris removal missions and demisability and re-entry trajectory demonstration.
Aviosonic solution is conceived minimize risk for air traffic, people, properties, and support space operators in reducing the casualty risk of their missions, complying with international regulations concerning risk of casualties to the surface and lower insurance premiums.
DeCAS provides the following unique benefits to the main stakeholders involved in the space sector:
· Enhanced security for governments and population: DeCAS generates a map overlay of the fragment footprint with high accuracy with respect to the current detection methods (expected error in the order of ± 100 km at break-out), and can notify at break-up time national and international safety agencies: civil and military aviation (for closing very restricted areas and avoid collisions), civil protection centres (protecting cities, buildings, facilities), and high-sensitive infrastructures.
· Easy-to-install Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) technology for satellite operators and manufacturers: thanks to its minimum weight and volume, DeCAS can be fitted in both launch vehicles and satellites for monitoring the re-entry phase.
· Compliance with international standards: The adoption of DeCAS system and the installation of the blackbox onboard missions will ensure compliance with international standards and regulation concerning acceptable risk of collision to the surface. Such hard and soft law, like national laws (i.e. French Law and U.S. Law, amongst others) and international guidelines and standards (i.e. ISO:24113/2019; ESA Guidelines, amongst others) will ensure the safest use of the space environment.
· Reduced space insurance premium for satellite companies: Similar to black boxes in the automotive sector, DeCAS is poised to reduce third-party insurance premium in policies regarding in-orbit insurances for satellites. With the implementation of the international law about the satellite operator responsibilities, the insurance for damages potentially caused to other in orbit satellite or to ground and flying objects (i.e. sensitive installations and aircrafts) is going to be a significant part of the insurance premium cost.
2017_D-SAT mission_D-Orbit; 2018_AHEAD PROJECT_European Commission; 2020_IDEA.RAP:ID_ESA(GSTP)/Von Karman Institute; 2020_ION Mission_D-Orbit ; 2021_FEES Mission_UNISAT 7/GP Advanced Projects