On detecting a wildfire in their region of concern, fire departments onsite will be alerted immediately about the position and size of the fire followed by regular updates.
To realize our solution, we are using a novel approach by developing a large constellation of CubeSats* equipped with thermal imagers to be launched into Low Earth Orbit.
*Nanosatellites the size of a shoebox
OroraTech eve-1 is our first prototype containing three novel core technologies:
Patented CubeSat architecture leading to a 40% higher payload volume compared to traditional systems
Patent-pending, multispectral thermal infrared imager optimized for the volumetric constraints of CubeSats
Cutting edge GPU accelerated onboard processing significantly reducing downlink latency and bandwidth.
Thomas, Florian, and Rupert took part in the university satellite project MOVE-II before they founded OroraTech. Based at the Chair of Astronautics (LRT) at the TUM, they developed together with more than 130 students a 1-Unit CubeSat, which was launched with the Spaceflight SSO-A mission in December 2018.
Thomas and Florian worked on the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS), while Rupert was Subsystem Lead of the Electrical Power System (EPS).
Not only the founders but also most of OroraTech’s working students gained their practical experience in spacecraft design at the LRT by launching CubeSats and high-altitude balloons.
In 2018, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia offered to test-fly a power supply on their M2-satellite as an additional payload. So the Extendable Modular Power Supply (EMPS) project was created, based on a cooperation between the LRT, the UNSW and OroraTech. Its purpose is to further develop the power supply, which is spread over several redundant boards within the satellite. Two of those power supply modules will be launched in late 2019 into orbit.