Nanosatellites in high earth orbit.
HERO-1 will be the first HEO Robotics nanosatellite in high earth orbit and the first ever commercial nanosatellite to engage in geostationary satellite and space debris monitoring operations. Data collected using HERO-1 will help satellite operators to conduct rapid health checks and avoid possible collisions with space debris.
Weighing just 10 kg, this 6U spacecraft uses its ion thruster for navigation, and the 2U telescope-camera arrangement acts as the primary sensor on-board.
HERO-1's 24 MP image sensor, together with the bespoke telescope captures high quality, close-up images of customer satellites and other near Earth objects.
HERO-1's navigation system comprises of a compact, highly efficient ion-thruster, a reaction wheel based attitude determination and control unit, a satellite positioning module, a star sensor and a sun sensor. The satellite positioning system is specifically built for nanosatellites deployed in high earth orbit, by UNSW Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) and HEO Robotics. The novel technology co-developed by HEO Robotics and UNSW ACSER uses weak signals from current GNSS satellite system to determine position of spacecraft residing above the GNSS orbit.
More technical details will be released soon.