The Portugeuse company Tekever is building Portugal’s first “home grown” satellite called INFANTE. The INFANTE satellite is a precursor prototype for a 12 satellite joint communcations and remote sensing constellation. The INFANTE will use a 16U cubesat design which is actually classed as a minisatellite given its mass at 25kg. The INFANTE programme is costing EUR€9 million (US$10.5 million) according to Space News. The spacecraft will be launched in 2020 and will have a design life of four years. The satellite will carry a multispectral camera, synthetic aperture radar, AIS ship tracking and ADS-B aircraft tracking payloads as well as a science payload.

Infante satellite. Courtesy: Tekever