SCS SPACE is a commercial satellite mission’s partner situated in Cape Town, South Africa. Our experience in program management, systems engineering, as well as in-house component manufacture and trusted vendors ensure that we deliver globally competitive satellite missions and programs.
Enabling and realising the future of commercial satellite missions.
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SCS Space caters for satellite missions within the diversified emerging space market. The services offered are focused on ensuring success for the satellite mission; this would include commercial feasibility and economic trade studies based upon a deep understanding of technical satellite engineering experience, combined with successful program management and execution.
Harnessing the knowledge and experience found within the SCS Aerospace Group, local and internal partners the future of innovative, cost effective, reliable satellite missions are a reality.
Ensuring a quick time to market and making use of tailored best practice and trusted technologies, SCS-SPACE ensures the satellite mission is globally competitive and economically feasible.
The Satellite Systems of SCS Space is the culmination of best of breed technology, reliable satellite components, world class environmental test facilities and experienced satellite system engineering to create a new class of operational small satellites that sets a new price/performance benchmark. The advances in payload technology, miniaturisation of electronics and reliable mechanical engineering offers new small satellite systems that are suitable for operational missions in Low Earth Orbit. The satellite systems offered by SCS Space have their roots in technology with space heritage and space systems engineering with a heritage of four successful missions.
DragonSAR is a novel modular Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite solution in collaboration with SSBV that can satisfy the demanding needs of current and future earth observation missions. Employing lightweight, small satellite design techniques and components to realise a cost effective system that is designed to operate in isolation or within a constellation. Due to its competitive low cost, the opportunity to establish a constellation becomes a reality, ensuring that revisit times are substantially shortened and flexibility increased.
The overall design is driven by a low-cost to launch. The DragonSAR makes use of Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology that is different from the more traditional pulsed systems. The major benefit of this technology is the reduction in weight of the satellite due to the reduced requirements placed on the power systems on board of the satellite.
FalconSAR is the lean and compact variant of the DragonSAR. Making use of only a single set of antenna panels, the weight is drastically reduced with the benefit of a reduction in volume. Therefore a low-cost of launch can be achieved and the ability to launch a number of the satellites at once to realise a constellation becomes commercially viable. The FalconSAR makes use of interrupted Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (iFMCW) technology that is different from the more traditional pulsed systems. The major benefit of this technology is the reduction in weight of the satellite due to the reduced requirements placed on the power systems on board of the satellite.
SCS450 is a very high resolution Electro-Optical imaging satellite solution that will satisfy the demanding needs of current and future earth observation missions. The structure has been optimised and appropriate components chosen to realise a lightweight, cost-effective spacecraft that can be operated as a single asset or as part of a constellation. Due to its competitive low cost, the opportunity to establish a constellation becomes a reality enabling frequent revisits and increased flexibility. Steerable downlink antennas enable “real-time” tasking and live data downlink when in range of a cooperating ground station.
The SCS-250 High-Resolution optical satellite imaging system optimally addresses the general requirements of cost-effective high-resolution imaging. Able to cover an area in excess of one and half million square kilometers each day, the system has been designed for continuous imaging and downlinking of data in a sun-synchronous orbit. The design also caters for tasking and downlinking in real-time from multiple fixed and mobile ground stations across the globe greatly reducing the delivery time for data products.
SCS100 is a lightweight high performance microsatellite that provides 1m resolution panchromatic and 4m resolution multispectral push-broom imaging. Its unique configuration has been designed to be launched as part of a multi-satellite constellation with up to 15 satellites being launched to sun synchronous orbit on a single small-medium class launch vehicle. When forming part of a dedicated constellation, it can provide near-continuous coverage of any sub-polar point on the globe during daytime hours making it an ideal system for monitoring change. It will perform equally well as a single asset for national or global remote sensing.
The Phoenix-20 Hyperspectral (HS) satellite imaging system optimally addresses the general requirements of spectral identification (spectral fingerprinting) through global coverage and reducing the total cost of ownership. This compact, light-weight satellite imaging system delivers high signal to noise ratios at medium spatial resolution; enabling rapid low cost constellation deployment and ultimately translates into shorter revisit times. Utilising advances in optics, detectors, filter technology, high speed data capturing and on-board processing of images, the Phoenix-20 HS establishes new performance to mass ratio benchmarks in the micro-satellite industry.
The Chameleon camera consists of high performance optics, image plane, control electronics and an integrated high speed buffer. The whole unit fits within a 10x10x20 cm envelope, making the Chameleon camera an ideal payload for small microsatellites and larger CubeSats. A central feature of the Chameleon camera is that its spectral channels can easily be customized to each user’s individual needs. Up to eight distinct spectral bands may be defined. Advances in optics, detectors and high speed data capture allow Chameleon to establish a new benchmark for cost-effective performance vs mass, and will enable unprecedented capability in the CubeSat and microsatellite industry.
SCS MONITOR IMAGER
The Monitor imager offers impressive imaging capability in a small package by using advanced detectors, optics and high-speed data capturingImage data is captured directly to the integrated mass storage, from where it may be streamed to an on-board computer and downlinked at a data rate that can be conveniently defined by the end user.SCS ensures reliable operation by using a combination of proprietary space-proven hardware, electronics and ruggedized optics.
SCS GECKO IMAGER
The Gecko imager is an easy-to-integrate imaging solution for your CubeSat mission. A customizable high performance mass storage unit is integrated into the compact design. The Gecko imager offers mechanical compatibility with standard frames (e.g. the ISISpace 3U CubeSat structure). RGB images are captured at 5 frames per second using a matrix sensor in snapshot (global shutter) mode. Image data is captured directly to the integrated mass storage. Data may be streamed out to an on-board computer and downlinked a lower data rate, as required.We ensure reliable operation by using a combination of proprietary hardware and space-proven ruggedized optics.
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