Artist View of SAMSON

Adelis Foundation

SAMSON Mechanical Layout

The Adelis Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocating Nanosatellites (SAMSON) is a satellite mission, led by the Asher Space Research Institute at Technion, in collaboration with the Israeli industries (IAI, RAFAEl, Elta). The mission will include three nano-satellites, built based on the CubeSat standard. The mission is planned for at least one year, and has two main goals:

(1) Demonstrate long-term autonomous cluster flight of multiple satellites, with algorithms based on DSSL's ERC-funded FADER study;  and

(2) Determine the position of a cooperative terrestrial emitter based on time difference of arrival (TDOA) and/or frequency difference of arrival (FDOA).

The configuration of each satellite will be a 6U CubeSat. The mission is planned to be launched in 2018. The three satellites will be launched together with apporximately the same semimajor axis, eccentricity and inclination and separated in orbit to form a cluster with relative distances ranging from 1000 m for the closest two, to 250 km for the farthest two. The satellites will perform autonomous relative orbital element corrections using a cold-gas propulsion system, to satisfy the relative distance constraints.