We want to revolutionize Earth observation by operating satellites at much lower altitudes than usual. Our satellites will be smaller, lighter and cheaper to launch while achieving a better resolution than today’s devices.
How is this possible?

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Impact on
and society

Why it matters

Are there materials or processes which reduce the induced drag on spacecraft surfaces?

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13-14 June 2018

Steering Committee Meeting

The fourth Steering Committee Meeting will be held on 13-14 June 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting will include a visit of consortium partners to the laboratory of satellites of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.

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April 2018

DISCOVERER has successfully concluded its first period

It has been an exciting 15 months for the DISCOVERER project since its start in January 2017. This first period has predominantly focused on design elements.

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3 March 2017

Press release: How low can you go?

Remote sensing satellites currently operate at about 500-800 km above the Earth. These altitudes are limiting resolution and requiring large telescopes to be used. Our research team will design new technologies to build satellites that can operate at 200-450 km above the Earth’s surface – lower than the International Space Station.

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January 2017

We are making news

The DISCOVERER research team will create something brand-new – and this is big news. See what international media are reporting on our project.

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