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Small space re-entry system development Program recently launched

June 28th, 2018. IPERDRONE is the name of the Program recently funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) aimed at designing and developing a small space re-entry system, which is able to perform in-orbit operations on the International Space Station (ISS), re-enter the atmosphere and safely land on Earth bringing back unaltered ISS scientific payloads/experiments.

The Program team is led by CIRA (Centro Italiano di Ricerche Aerospaziali) acting as the PRIME contractor, Tyvak International, the European office of Terran Orbital Corporation operating in Italy in the small satellites and mission development and launch services provision, and Kayser Italia, Italian leader in the development and qualification of systems to be used in the frame of scientific and technological research onboard space platforms, including the International Space Station. 

IPERDRONE Program will consist of a series of missions characterized by incremental objectives, aiming at qualifying a new type of mission and related technologies: the program targets the realization of an autonomous space drone which will be located on the International Space Station and sent on different missions supporting the station crew as well as ISS payload re-entry, thus providing the scientific community with outcomes of experiments, ready to be validated on ground.

The objective of the first mission, DAVID, is to demonstrate the system's capabilities, mainly ISS inspection and interaction with the station crew. The launch is expected in Q4 2019, coinciding with the stay of Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano on the ISS. 


Cira, Tyvak, Kayser Italia Srl.