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Co-located: Wednesday Remote Sensing Plenary Session
15 September 2021 • 09:00 - 10:00 CEST icon_live_event.svg
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Times for this live event are all Central European Summer Time, CEST (UTC+2:00 hours)

9:00 to 9:05 hrs
Welcome Address and Plenary Speaker Introduction

9:05 to 9:45 hrs
NanoSats: Current trends in Scientific and Communications Missions

Adriano Camps Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)

Today, space is experiencing a revolution: from large space agencies, multimillion dollar budgets, and big satellite missions to spin-off companies, moderate budgets, and fleets of small satellites. Some have called this the “democratization” of space, in the sense that it is now more accessible than it was just a few years ago. To a large extent, this revolution has been fostered on one side by the standardization of the platforms’ mechanical interfaces, and on the other side by the technology developments coming from mobile communications. Standard platform’s mechanical interfaces have led to standard orbital deployers, and new launching capabilities. The technology developed for cell phones has brought more computing resources, with less power consumption and volume.

Small satellites are used as pure technology demonstrators, for targeted scientific missions, mostly Earth Observation, some for Astronomy, and they are starting to enter in the field of communications, as huge satellite constellations are now becoming more possible.

In this lecture, the most widely used nano/microsats form factors, and its main applications will be presented. Then, the main Scientific Earth Observation and Astronomy missions suitable to be boarded in SmallSats will be discussed, also in the context of the rising Constellations of SmallSats for Communication. Finally, the nanosat program at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) will be introduced, and the results of the FSSCAT mission will be presented.

Biography: Adriano Camps (Fellow IEEE 2011) was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1969. In 1993 he joined the Electromagnetics and Photonics Engineering Group, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor since 2007. In 1999, he was on sabbatical leave at the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

His research interests are focused in microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis techniques (MIRAS instrument onboard ESA’s SMOS mission), remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R), and nanosatellites as a tool to test innovative remote sensors. He has published over 223 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters and the book Emery and Camps, “Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing. Atmosphere, Ocean, Land and Cryosphere Applications,” Elsevier, 2017, 860 pages), and more than 471 conference presentations, holds 12 patents, and has advised 27 Ph. D. Thesis students (+ 8 on-going), and more than 140 final project and M.Eng. Theses. According to Google Scholar/Scopus his h-index is 52/40. He has received several awards, among which the European Young Investigator Award (2004), the ICREA Academia research award (2009, 2015), and the Duran Farell award for Technology Transfer (2000, 2010)...