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Highlights Capable space projects in 2020-2021

 Polar Vigilance Mission (KSF1):

Scope: design & production by Capable of EM (engineering Model) as well as FM (Flight Model) harnessing for 4 KSF1 cubesat satellites developed & produced by Isispace for Polar Vigilance Mission

Status: 1 EM-set and 5 FM-sets (4 for actual space flight, one spare & post-launch reference) delivered April 2021

KSF1 Flight Models with internal Capable FM harnessing entering TVAC test chamber during launch qualification test campaign


Scope: design & production by Capable in cooperation with exclusive partner Axon’ Cable of QM (Qualifying Model) and FM (Flight Model) harnessing for ADPMS3 space flight unit developed and produced by QinetiQ. ADPMS stands for Advanced Data & Power Management System for spacecraft in small satellite range, developed for ESA PROBA small satellite platform useable for multiple missions, thus with recurring character.

3D-CAD renderings of ADPMS3 harness design & routing

Status: QM set delivered in July 2021. First FM-set currently is in production and scheduled to be delivered February 2022 to be used in ESA PROBA-based ALTIUS small satellite mission. Multiple follow-up FM sets are foreseen in new ESA PROBA-based small satellite missions in near future.


Scope: design & production of EM (Engineering Model), and FM (Flight Model) harnessing by Capable in cooperation with exclusive partner Axon’ Cable for the RF-part of the payload of ALTIUS mission developed and produced by OIP. ALTIUS is an ESA satellite mission, with its main objective being the monitoring of the 2-D distribution and evolution of stratospheric ozone at high vertical resolution by looking in the direction of the Earth’s horizon (“limb”) from LEO (Low Earth Orbit) viewpoint by means of a satellite platform. Due to its unique, elaborate functional specifications, the payload is characterized by its extreme dimensional compactness, which puts special challenges on part of required interconnections within the payload. Special solutions for the RF interconnections had to be found by means of special “quasi-flex” hand-formable coax cable constructions to meet the stringent volume claim & routing demands.

Status: EM engineering & manufacturing had been done in 2018. FM harnessing currently is in production and scheduled to be delivered in December 2021

ALTIUS spacecraft


Scope: design & production of FM (Flight Model) harnessing by Capable for the payload of 3DEES mission developed and produced by QinetiQ. The 3DEES instrument is a space radiation spectrometer designed to measure energetic electron (and optionally proton) spectra within the 0.1 – 10 MeV range, intended to explore the inner belt, outer belt and border area of Earth’s Magnetosphere. 3DEES will therefore fly as part of the payload in ESA PROBA-3 mission, with it’s highly elliptical orbit of 60.530km apogee and 600km perigee to ensure full coverage of the intended exploration area

3D-CAD rendering of 3DEES payload structure with its 3 Panoramic Spectrometer sensor arrays

Status: FM harnessing currently is in production and scheduled to be delivered in January 2022

Pixxel chooses ISISPACE as a partner for the upcoming satellite mission ‘Anand’

Pixxel Space has chosen ISISPACE to design and build the solar panels for its upcoming satellite mission ‘Anand’, scheduled to be launched still in Q4 2021. The company is now preparing to deploy a constellation of remote sensing hyperspectral satellites with the aim of building a health monitor for our planet in the coming years.

 “ISISPACE is honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Pixxel Space once again. We truly believe in the mission that Pixxel is realizing, providing valuable hyperspectral imaging services to the incredible country of India and worldwide. And we are keen to provide the innovative, high-quality solar panel solution such a mission requires”, said Abe Bonnema, Marketing Director and ISISPACE co-founder.

“Pixxel’s first satellite flies with ISISPACE solar panels later this year and our team is impressed by the speed with which ISISPACE has worked to meet our timelines. Given their experience with multiple space missions, the quality of workmanship and the competitive pricing offered by the company, we look forward to more opportunities of working with ISISPACE on our future satellites”, stated Kshitij Khandelwal, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Pixxel.

Visitors at Airbus DS NL

September 15th, the new Minister (‘gedeputeerde’) of Province of South-Holland, Meindert Stolk, visited Airbus DS NL. During his visit and the tours through the facilities, Mr. Stolk learned about Airbus and the ambitions of the Dutch space sector. His visit resulted in a short film​ in support of our space lobby, also featuring Jeroen Rotteveel and Rob Postma.

​September 22nd, Anna Gimbrère, a well-known science journalist and a big space believer, was our guest. She visited Airbus and is very enthusiastic to work with SpaceNed to promote the importance of space for the Netherlands.

And VVD Member of parliament Pim van Strien was also introduced to the Dutch space sector. With as highlight his literal contribution to the construction of the Ariane 6 engine frame: global challenges - NL space solutions.

D66 members of parliament visit Space Campus

Many thanks Romke de JongLisa van GinnekenKiki Kersten and Irina van der Hoorn for your visit to NL Space Campus and your sincere interest and enthusiasm for the social, scientific and economic value and impact of space technology and data!Started at the largest technological heart of European Space Agency - ESA ESA/ESTEC on campus and then to a.o. SCN AVATAR and SBIC to get acquainted with a number of innovative start-ups and scale-ups that know how to translate space technology and data into world markets.


Airbus DS NL successfully tests Optical Ground Station for laser communications

While the full end-to-end optical/ laser communications market is still developing, some applications are already taking shape. Recently, the Airbus DS NL team successfully performed calibration and pointing & control tests on the demonstrator Optical Ground Station (OGS) container. The tests were designed to confirm the hardware setup, check alignments on the optical bench and to demonstrate capability to acquire and track a laser beam from a counter terminal positioned at a distance of 35 m. The optical setup was delivered by General Atomics Synopta GmbH, which supports Airbus during the integration of the equipment in the transportable container and system demonstration.

Airbus Space has been at the forefront of laser communications by developing and building the European Data Relay System (EDRS), often referred to as Space Data Highway, by creating the Optical Communications Unified Roadmap (OCUR). The main laser hardware in the Space Data Highway was developed by Airbus subsidiary TESAT; the service is being managed by the Airbus Connected Intelligence division. Within OCUR, Airbus DS Netherlands is developing Optical Ground Stations (OGS) and Aerial Laser Terminals, in collaboration with TNO and in preparation of further industrialization with the FSO consortium.