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The MULTIPURPOSE ELECTRIC SATELLITE PLATFORM ESKIMO shown at an isometric view from below. The white cubic satellite body between the large, strechted-out solar panel wings is illuminated by the two firing ion-thrusters at the bottom, with its plumes shining in light blue.
The MULTIPURPOSE ELECTRIC SATELLITE PLATFORM ESKIMO shown at an isometric view from below. The white cubic satellite body between the large, strechted-out solar panel wings is illuminated by the two firing ion-thrusters at the bottom, with its plumes shining in light blue.

Small satellite platform

Get your

data from space

The MULTIPURPOSE ELECTRIC SATELLITE PLATFORM ESKIMO shown at an isometric view from the side. While the solar panels are folded closely to the white satellite body, the large, white parabolic antenna and the two firing ion-thrusters with light blue plumes are well in the focus of the picture.

Multipurpose satellite platform

Our small-satellite ESKIMO will redefine the market

We offer a universal and flexible platform for dedicated missions of small payloads up to the Moon. The platform can also act as a kickstage, transporting small satellites and offering deep space relay services at the target environment.

ESKIMO does not require a Moon-rocket, as it is a free-flying platform using electric propulsion and can be launched into GEO to reach the Moon within a year.

multipurpose platform

150kg | 1.2m³

Nano-, Cube- and Microsats

Break the limits of the current transport infrastructure

By accommodating dedicated adapters and dispensers instead of a payload, ESKIMO acts as a kickstage to provide lunar access for SmallSats without the need for a rare and costly rideshare on a Moon-rocket AND already includes a deep-space communication relay system.

Transportation Envelope

32U | 50kg

The MULTIPURPOSE ELECTRIC SATELLITE PLATFORM ESKIMO shown with folded solar wings at an isometric view from the side. On top of the satellite, 1-2 optional CubeSat Dispensers are attached instead of a payload. The dispensers have bright blue color and resemble structural boxes that can be opened to throw out the small satellites.

CubeSat Dispenser:
Courtesy of Planetary Systems Corp

Showing a frontal view of the upper part of the ESKIMO satellite platform with folded solar wings, an exemplary payload is attached to the top panel. The payload is a 2-lens optical telescope and reminds of a huge pair of eyes.
Showing a frontal view of the upper part of the ESKIMO satellite platform with folded solar wings, an exemplary payload is attached to the top panel. The payload is a 2-lens optical telescope and reminds of a huge pair of eyes.

Dedicated Payloads

A plug-and-play solution for your instruments

An electric propulsion system as well as the flexible payload accommodation and -interfacing concept make ESKIMO a convenient ready-to-use platform for any commercial- and scientific mission.

Payload Envelope Incl. Adapters

300 liter | 50kg

Cases & Facts

VARIABLE HIGH GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT
CISLUNAR
LUNAR
Low Earth orbit
Voriger
Nächster

Addressable mission environments

In the wake of ongoing miniaturization in parallel to improving performance of space missions, Microlaunchers and GEO launch providers will enable ESKIMO to realize the future small satellite missions of endless possibilities.

ESKIMO is designed to make use of future flexible Small-Sat launch solutions – enabling it to start its missions in GEO.

Its own free-flying capability allows nimble, low-cost and long-term dedicated missions for commercial- and scientific missions: situational awareness, observation and support for already established activities in the GEO-region call for a ready-to-use platform like ESKIMO.

Starting in GEO, ESKIMO can assume any orbit between GEO and the Moon.

The environment beyond earth’s magnetic field is poorly explored. Since it is planned to freqently send out manned missions to the Moon which will cross this region on any journey, scientific examination and monitoring of the cislunar environment for hazard prediction becomes a significant mission type.

ESKIMO is designed to go Lunar!

Using the full potential of its electric propulsion system, it can spiral up to the Moon within a year after starting in GEO based on an optimized trajectory. Once captured by Moon’s gravity, reverse thrust allows precise targeting of any orbit down to 100km altitude.

ESKIMO’s design results in an alternative infrastructure for observation-, support-, navigational- and satellite transport missions as well as for technology demonstration of new components.

Thanks to the electric propulsion concept, demanding LEO missions can also be targeted with ESKIMO, enabling high maneuverability, frequent orbital transfers, de-orbiting from high orbits and a long mission duration even in low altitudes.

ESKIMO’s parabolic X-Band antenna and precise 3-axis pointing hereby allow high-fidelity Earth observation missions requiring high data downstream rates. This way also in LEO the potential of ESKIMO’s deep-space capabilities never remains unused.

An exploding render of all main subsystems of the ESKIMO satellite, depicting the accommodation and size of certain systems in relation to the whole satellite body.

1 Optional Microsat Adapter • 2 Payload Deck • 3 Reaction Wheels • 4 Star Trackers • 5 Xenon Tank • 6 S-Band Transceiver • 7 PCDU • 8 HDRMs • 9 X-Band Antenna • 10 S-Band Antenna • 11 Li-Ion Battery • 12 Ion-Thruster Control • 13 SADMs • 14 Resistojets • 15 Honeycomb Panels • 16 Solar Generator • 17 Ion-Thrusters • 18 Launch Adapter

ESKIMO's Technological Background

Technical performance
& specifications

ESKIMO’s payload compartment offers generous volume and interfaces to accommodate dedicated payload(s) and satellites on the top payload deck using individual adapters.


D I M E N S I O N S
970x970x370mm³ | ~32U CubeSat Volume


M A S S
50kg (To Moon Orbit)


M E C H A N I C A L  I N T E R F A C E
Universal Top Payload Deck (Adapter or CubeSat-Dispenser needed)


P O W E R  I N T E R F A C E
3|5|12|28VDC | 10|10|10|25A


D A T A   I N T E R F A C E
Spacewire 50Mbit/s | RS422/485 | PPS Time Synchronization

The payload interface box is the universal electrical interface between BUS and P/L. It can house individual PCBs to enable unique power and data compatability and accommodate further functional P/L electronics.


P O W E R  I N T E R F A C E
Forwarding or DC/DC conversion of nominal BUS supply


D A T A  I N T E R F A C E
Forwarding or Conditioning of Housekeeping- and Scientific Data


D E D I C A T E D  E L E C T R O N I C S
Additional Custom Functionality (e.g. Data Storage)

Although ESKIMO’s payload accommodation is designed to be the best-fit-for-all, some restrictions may apply. Please contact us for further details.


C E N T E R  O F  M A S S  C O N F O R M I T Y
P/L center of mass must align with platform requirements


P / L   M A S S
50kg envelope includes adapters


P O W E R
All-Time guaranteed (Shadow): 100W
Nominal guaranteed (Sun): 400W
Peak possible: 700W

ESKIMO’s COM System offers S/C command and -monitoring as well as reception of data to be relayed via S-Band. Main data is transferred to Earth via the high-gain X-Band parabolic antenna.


S – B A N D  R E C E I V E D
Telecommand / Relay Data Input @ 8kbps


S – B A N D  T R A N S M I T T E D
Status & Housekeeping @ 10kbps


X – B A N D  T R A N S M I T T E D
Payload Data Transmission @ 2-50Mbps (Lunar-GEO Distance)

ESKIMO is designed for maximum efficiency at a small formfactor. BUS and propulsion system provide competitive performance at a low cost, using COTS products wherever possible.


D I M E N S I O N S
1x1x1.2m³ (folded solar arrays) | Wingspan 5m


M A S S
85kg Dry | 100kg Wet | 150kg including P/L


P R O P U L S I O N  S Y S T E M
2x 6mN Thrust | up to 4000s Isp | 14kg Propellant


P O W E R  S Y S T E M
1200W Solar Generator | 750Wh Li-Ion Battery


A O C S
3-Axis Stabilization | 4 Reaction Wheels & 12 Resistojets


D A T A  H A N D L I N G
50MHz OnBoardComputer | SpaceWire | RS422/RS485

Download a quick summary of ESKIMO and its performance as one convenient PDF. Please send us a mail if you have specific questions!

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

Demonstration mission to the Moon planned in 2026

Inspired by the SMART-1 mission (ESA 2004), ESKIMO’s demonstration mission will carry out a spiral transfer from GEO to the Moon. LEVITY will collaborate with scientific and commercial payload providers willing to support LEVITY with their payload(s) to proof concept, technology and applicability of the ESKIMO mission portfolio.

Spiral Trajectory

GEO to Moon

The satellite platform ESKIMO flies towards the huge and well-illuminated, grey moon. The small satellite appears tiny in front of the huge and round moon body.
Andres Lüdeke
Lars Kesseler
Jonas Vogler
Ignacio Viñuela Rodríguez
Voriger
Nächster

THE ASTROPRENEURS

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team of LEVITY

LEVITY is a StartUp developing space solutions based in Aachen, Germany. We are currently backed by the FH Aachen – University of Applied Sciences as well as by our mentor Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Czupalla and supporter Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Dachwald providing advice, office space as well as programmatic- and technical assistance.

Additional to our partnering institutes, we are always looking for further supporters interested in our product and mission.

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