Areas & Projects

CINAE developpes 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

Desarrollo de aplicaciones medioambientales a través de sistemas de teledetección basados en 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


El objetivo principal del proyecto POLARYS es mejorar e n la seguridad marítima y la eficiencia en la gestión de la navegación y las emergencias, mediante el desarrollo de un novedoso transceptor VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) y sus sistemas complementarios. Este sistema permite el intercambio de información relacionada con la seguridad marítima entre embarcaciones (Ship-to-ship) y entre éstas y las infraestructuras terrestres/satelitales (Ship-to-shore).

Partners:   Retevisión (Grupo Cellnex), Bastet Ingeniería, Egatel, Scio IT e Ingeniería Insitu, S.L., con la participación de las OPIS Gradiant y CINAE

Proyecto cofinanciado con el programa FEDER INTERCONECTA 2017

FireRS / Lume-1 (2.0)

The main goal of the FIRE-RS (financed through the EC Interreg Sudoe Programme) project is to implement an effective tool for the early detection and characterization of natural disasters, initially focused on wildland fires within the Sudoe territory, to provide a complete assessment of the fire to the involved firefighting brigades, before and during the firefighting operations.

LUME-1 is a 2U which provides the communications services required by the FIRE-RS system to fulfill its mission objectives, but at the same time will serve as IOD Platform for the validation of TOTEM a Software Defined Radio sub system developed at the University of Vigo, that will provide:

● Storage and Forward capabilities for M2M terminals.
● Data Relay capabilities for M2M terminals.
● Spectrum Monitoring capabilities to continue the global interference sampling.
● UHF / S-Band communications capabilities
● ADS-B Messages reception
● OBC Capabilities

Partners:   University of Porto(Portugal) | LAAS-CNRS (France)

Expected Launch:   Q3/Q4 2018

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

Proyectos ejecutados desde la Universidad de Vigo
por parte del equipo investigador de CINAE


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 developped 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

Project Website:


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

Project Website:


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

Galician Center for Aerospace Innovation.