CAPS power system
Kick-off for a new power system for small satellites
Three Dutch companies based in the province of South Holland are proud to announce their collaboration: The consortium, consisting of Hyperion Technologies, GTM Advanced Structures and Tective BV, scored first place among 31 winning subsidy applications. Starting in February 2020, the consortium will take on an 18-month journey to develop a highly modular and scalable power system for small satellites. By winning the province’s MIT Research & Development subsidy worth over €130K, the CubeSat Advanced Power System (CAPS) will soon be reality.
More power to small satellites
Small satellites, like CubeSats and Nanosats, have come a long way to earn their respect within the scientific and commercial community. Today, many miniaturized high-performance systems and payloads exist to deliver reliable and high-quality data products., for example through making use of constellations and distributed risks. However, the size of these small satellites is increasing to accomodate larger payloads.
CAPS aims to target this growing niche of “larger” small satellites to facilitate their increased power demands. The result will consist of a high-power end-to-end power solution for demanding payloads. A unified system architecture will allow for modular implementations of solar panels, power storage and power distribution in a variety of larger CubeSat sizes. Ultimately, the solution will be made tailorable for individual client needs whilst retaining a favorable price.
Using space tech for terrestrial robotics
Meanwhile, Tective sees opportunities to transfer new battery and charging technology into robotics. CEO and Founder Mattijs Otten said:
“We aim to capitalize on innovations within the CAPS project to facilitate fully autonomous robotics. In order for robots to truly start playing a significant role in remote areas, on-board power supply is critical. CAPS has all the components to start integrating solar panels and autonomous charging systems into robots aimed for exploration, surveillance and emergency response.”