Areas & Projects

CINAE develops own projects as well as collaborations with national or international companies and organizations who look for an advice or research labour to provide technological solutions in some fields or processes.


  • Data transfer.
  • Passing on systems.


  • Automatic identification systems.

Remote Control

  • Meteorology.
  • Disaster monitoring.
  • Resources management.


  • Science research.
  • Technological development.
  • Biological sciences.

Projects in Process

Development of environmental applications through remote sensing systems based on RPAS

The main goal of this project is to collaborate at the forest fire control and relief operations by developing technological applications based on UAVs images and their processing, allowing the implementation of a remote sensing system for pyrophytic-character vegetative invading species detection and monitoring.

Partners:   CINAE | Pontevedra Council



The main goal of POLARYS project is to improve on maritime security and efficiency on navigation and emergency management, by developing a new VDES transceiver (VHF Data Exchange System) and its supplementary systems. This system allow the maritime security between boats (Ship-to-ship) information exchange and between then and the terrestrial/satellite infrastructures (Ship-to-shore).

Partners:   Retevisión (Cellnex Group), Bastet Engineering, Egatel, Scio IT and Insitu, S.L. Engineering, with the involvement of OPIS Gradiant and CINAE

Co-financed project with FEDER INTERCONECTA 2017 plan

Mixed Unit: "The factory of the future applied to the observation, communications and maritime and air control satellites constellation development"


Last Wednesday, 14th December 2016, the resolution of 23th November 2016 from Galician Innovation Agency was published, awarding the aid for the creation, start-up and consolidation of mixed research units aligned with the strategic challenges and priorities identified in RIS3 for Galicia, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Program Feder Galicia 2014-2020, convened by the Resolution of 17th June 2016.

The concession of the Mixed Research Unit was published by the title “The factory of the future applied to the observation, communications and maritime and air control satellites constellation development“, presented by Galicia Center for Aerospace Innovation Foundation (CINAE) and Aistech Space SL company.

The objective of Aistech Space is to provide low-cost high accuracy, quality and frequency data and information, in order to be able to help companies, organizations, official institutions, governments, regions… to increase the knowledge about its key interest areas and improving their decision-making, also contributing to increase their efficiency and competitiveness, their level of safety and the quality of life of their environment. To do this, the company plans deploying a constellation of 25 nanosatellites before 2020, so that they can obtain this information from any point of the planet with an average time refresh of 10 minutes.

In order to develop the necessary design and manufacture technologies for this constellation, Aistech Space and CINAE have proposed the creation of this unit with the objective of creating a common platform design for all satellites of the constellation, manufactured with high quality standards, efficience, recurrently and deployable in multiple orbital planes. Because of this, there will be applied industry techniques 4.0 which allow creating an automated assembly line (factory of the future). In addition, in order to increase the life span of 4 years to accomplish Aistech Space goals, we will improve the reliability of the design and manufacturing processes of nanosatellites, another of the main tasks to be carried out in this mixed unit.

Primary sectors such as fishing, agriculture and agroforestry will benefit from the deployment of the Aistech Space constellation, as services such as precision agriculture monitoring and forecasting, offshore discharges or fire control, by mixing in-situ environmental steps (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity, etc.) with a revolutionary new concept of images. Other important scopes of applicability in which Aistech Space will work through its constellation will be providing information about ships and airplanes position, allowing fleet tracking and navigation routes optimization.

At this Mixed Unit (located at the Aerospace Innovation Center in Porto do Molle, Nigrán, Pontevedra), Aistech Space focuses on the tasks of integrating payloads; while CINAE acts as a technological partner for the mission and platform, contributing with our researchers  in order to create the constellation of nanosatellites with the required quality. In this sense, the participation of the research groups in the launching of 3 nanosatellites (Xatcobeo, Humsat-D and SERPENS) provides a great technical capacity and experience to the Mixed Research Unit.

Aistech Space, counts on the Space Agency support and the confidence of a group composed by more than 30 private investors. It has obtained more than 2 million euros until tofay for the development of its technology. It also has the support of the CDTI, through one of its technological projects investment tools and the Galician Joint, which makes an important commitment to the space field. Looking ahead 2017, Aistech Space is already working on a second round of investment with different institutional and private investors worth € 2 million. Its perspective is to be able to obtain an additional total funds of 3.5 million.

This Mixed Unit is financed by the Galician Innovation Agency. And co-financed with FEDER Fund. With the support of the Economy, Employ and Industy Office.

Partners: Aistech | GAIN (Galician Innovation Agency) | Galician Joint | European Union

Aistechsat-2 2.0

Integration and validation of a 2U satellite technology demonstrator with ADS-B and bidirectional communications payloads.
● Analysis and design of the satellite performance.
● Adaptation of On-board and mission software developed by the UVIGO/CINAE
● Integration and validation of the AISTECHSAT-2 Flight Model.
● Operations training of the Aistech operations team.
● Integration campaign with the Launcher

Partners:   AISTECH

Expected Launch:   Q1 2018

Finished Projects

Implemented projects at the University of Vigo
by CINAE research team


Vixía project has studied the application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and georaphic information systems (SIG) to unique infrastructures inspection.

This project was co-funded by the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) and Conecta PEME 2014 Call and its main results were a risk decrease at inspection operations and the generation of a global answer for the inspection of emerged and submerged infrasetructure parts by using air and submarine vehicles.

Partners:  Utingal S.L. | Ledisson S.L | Insitu S.L. Engineering | Star electrónica S.L | Tecnologías Plexus | University of Vigo | CETMAR


In Geographic Information System for Air Vehicles project (SIGVA) we developed a compact easy-to-use data georeferencing system. The system provide the information about location and path wich allow data georeferencing and interest area maps from optical and thermographical images.

Because of that, the geometrical and radiometrical characterization of the cameras we use is necessary, with special relevance of thermographic cameras.

Partners:  Desarrollo Informático S.A. (DINSA) | Insitu S.L. Engineering | Utingal | Plexus | Star Electronica | Ledisson | University of Vigo


ENSMART project allowed the integration of data from the 3 platforms on an information system which allows showing and processing data to phatology performing and evaluation. The used acquisition systems were:

  • Ground mobile system to take images and clouds of points LiDAR.
  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to take optical and termographical images from building covers.
  • Engine platform load systems to complement UAS inspection.

The project was co-funded by Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) at the Conecta PEME 2014 Call and its main results were a risk decrease at inspection operations and the generation of a global answer for the inspection of emerged and submerged infrasetructure parts by using air and submarine vehicles.

Partners: DINSA | Marsan Ingenieros | Intitu Engineering | University of Salamanca | University of Vigo


Xatcobeo (Cubesat 1U) was the first spacecraft of the group, successfully launched on February 2012 by the Vega launcher. It allowed to establish a space group being able to face this kind of projects. The spacecraft carried three payloads: a software defined reconfigurable radio completely developed by the group, a system for measuring the amount of ionizing radiation and an innovative solar panel deployment system.

Partners:   INTA | ESA Education Office

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The Humsat constellation will provide communication services for short-messages terminals in remote areas. This project has allowed us to start our first large project having the role of defining the entire constellation from the system point of view. Moreover, the first spacecraft of the constellation (Humsat-D) used for the in-orbit demonstration of the system has been developed and successfully operated, validating the Humsat concept and the developed technology.

Partners:   ESA Education Office | UNOOSA | CalPoly

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SERPENS was our first contract with the Brazilian Space Agency to provide the spacecraft platform for the first satellite of the SERPENS program. We provided the platform of the satellite, a Humsat payload, several ground terminals and consultancy in project management, system engineering, integration & test campaign and ground segment & operations. The satellite was launched in September 2015 and was successfully operated by our team from our own network of ground stations.

Partners:   Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) | University of Brasilia

Humsat 2.0

From the experience with Humsat-D and the detected user requirements we are evolving the Humsat system to a marketable solution. We are redesigning the Humsat payload using SDR technologies and increasing the scalability of the system. This project will have as output an SDR platform that will allow us to improve and make more robust the ground to space communications.

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Thanks to our methodology and success in cubesat missions we won a contract with ESA to perform a feasibility study of a deep space mission using cubesats. The cubesat will be injected in orbit around the Didymos asteroid by the AIM spacecraft (ESA). The DustCube goal is to characterize the dust present at the asteroid and the ejecta plume generated by the impact of a NASA spacecraft (DART) into the moon of the asteroid. This study was highly appreciated by the ESA due to the quality achieved.

Partners:   MICOS engineering GmbH | University of Bologna


FemtoXat supposes an innovative concept for small satellites developing the smallest spacecraft of our history. With a 1/3 size of a Cubesat and 400 grams it will serve as a communications relay for the Humsat system. Currently, the satellite is in the development phase.

Partners:   Quantum Innovative

Factory 4.0

This project includes the design of manufacturing, verification and integration processes for the development of a small satellite constellation using methodologies of the Industry 4.0. New paradigms will be explored for all the life cycle of the satellites in order to advance in the automation of the key processes (integration, verification and operations) to reduce the cost and development time without decreasing the final reliability of the system.

Partners:   AISTECH

SATNet development

SATNet provides a complete software system to deploy and manage a network of ground stations. SATNet will allow the operators of small satellites to use remote ground stations to operate their satellites and increase the communication time with the spacecrafts. In cooperation with CalPoly university (USA) we are developing the software to connect the ground stations and the mission control centers to the SATNet network.

Partners:   CalPoly

Project Website:


The Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations (GENSO) was formed by a worldwide network of ground stations and spacecrafts which could interact via a software standard. GENSO aimed to increase the return from educational space missions increasing the level of access to orbital educational spacecrafts. We hosted the central node of the network and coordinated the GENSO operation with the support of ESA.

Partners:   ESA Education Office

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The European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) and the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) are two missions of the ESA’s Education Satellite Programme. The objectives of these missions were to conceive spacecrafts designed by students to be placed in orbit.
We had to pre-design the adaptation of an ESA ground station (located at ESAC-ESA facilities in Madrid (Spain)) to the mission requirements. In the new ESEO mission we are working on the ground station network using SATNet.

Partners:   ESA Education Office

Projects Websites:   Esmo / Eseo

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