The Space Rider Observer Cube (SROC) is a CubeSat mission able to perform in-situ observations of Space Rider (SR). Space Rider is a new transportation system in development by Thales-Alenia for ESA. SROC will be part of the Space Rider’s Cargo Bay.
The SROC mission goals are:
to fly around the SR vehicle and perform observations in visible, near infrared and thermal infrared wavelengths.
to validate critical small satellite operations and technologies such as deployment and retrieval capabilities from and to the cargo bay of the SR.
The Spacecraft will be a 6U CubeSat and the project’ Phases 0/A are developed by CubeSat Team members.