A snapshot of our activities

QB50 is an exciting space science project that has CubeSats at the heart if the mission. Lead by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) in Belgium, QB50 aims to investigate three properties of the lower Thermosphere by doing in-site measurements with 40-50 nanosatellites.



OLFAR (Orbital Low Frequency ARray) project aims to design a low-frequency distributed radio telescope in space. The project will develop scalable autonomous nano-satellite prototypes, demonstrated in the lab. The results will be validated by 3 flight units, which can be launched into space and work as a formation flying radio-astronomy array.



ISIS has developed an innovative payload for detecting AIS messages from space. The project consists of 2 AIS tracking satellites: Triton 1 & Triton 2 that use ISIS’ patented AIS receiver technology serving as pathfinder missions for a full constellation of satellites to monitor global shipping traffic.


nanosatellite kickstage

Developed by ISIS, APP and TNO, the Nanosatellite Kick Stage is a solid rocket motor deorbit system for CubeSats. The system has adopted technology applied in European launch vehicle igniters. The propulsive capability is sufficient to lower the perigee of a 3U CubeSat from a 1000km altitude circular orbit in order to comply with the 25 year maximum orbit lifetime.

Nanosatellite kickstage

remove debris

An EU research project to develop and fly an IOD low-cost mission that aims to de-risk and verify technologies needed for future ADR missions. A microsat called RemoveSAT, will release, capture and deorbit two space debris targets, called DebrisSats. ISIS is in charge of the DebriSat's deployers which are key elements for the success of the mission.

Remove Debris


The INVEST goal is to provide a European-wide programme for enabling a more rapid maturization of European space technologies and components by offering an integrated, multi-platform IOD/IOV community.



The PLUGIN project aims at developing an open standard for hosting innovative technology packages as passenger payloads on-board commercial satellites. It proposes a simple generic approach, including technical interface requirements and implementation schedule.


Asteroid Impact Mission

ISIS is currently investigating how to Deploy Cubesats in orbits around asteroids using very low deployment velocities and we are looking into means to perform battery charging and satellite health checks while in transit to target asteroids.

Asteroid impact mission

SMILE launcher

SMILE is an H2020 project funded by the EC. More than a dozen consortium partners are working to develop technologies and overall system design for a small European launch vehicle, with the goal of increasing Europe's independence in access to space, and to meet the demand for launch capacity in the small satellite sector.


Nayif-1 cubesat

Nayif-1 is 1U CubeSat project dedicated to foster knowledge and awareness of space science and technology in UAE. The goal is to teach space system engineering to students with a hands-on approach. Secondly, the satellite embeds different experiments to spark curiosity about communication, space and physics among students from elementary to university education level.



The main mission objective is to perform photometric measurements during the transit of an exoplanet orbiting around Beta Pictoris. Based on the ISIS avionics and deployable solar panels, the high-performance ADCS from Hyperion Technologies and a custom payload deeloped by the LESIA, this satellite is planned to fly in 2017.