INFANTE is an R&D project for the development and in-orbit demonstration of technology for a small satellite, precursor for Earth observation constellations.
The project’s Space segment includes a low-cost and modular bus; a communications system based on software-defined radio equipped with advanced functions; a small propulsion system; deployable panels with solar arrays and antennas; SAR and multi-spectral camera and a payload bay for scientific experiments and equipment for validation.
The Ground segment includes the development of an innovative toolkit to fast-track assembly, integration and testing of small satellites; and a “data hub” to aggregate, process and disseminate data.
INFANTE is led by TEKEVER ASDS and puts together renowned Portuguese companies in the field of Space, such as Active Space Technologies, GMV, HPS, Omnidea and SpinWorks, amongst others; internationally recognised R&D centres such as CEIIA, FCT-UNL, FEUP, INL, IPN, ISEP, ISQ, ISR Lisboa, IT Aveiro and UBI; national partners like Deimos Engenharia, Edisoft and Optimal; end-users such as IPMA, INIAV or the Portuguese Maritime Authority and international organisations.
INFANTE stems from the new opportunities created by the emergence of New Space together with Space-related expertise developed in Portugal over the last 20 years.