DEIMOS is developing Neptuno, the prototype satellite for a cubesat constellation dedicated to maritime surveillance. The satellite is scheduled for launch in June 2021.

The satellite is being built using innovative technologies such as 3D printing, AI, intelligent sensing and new materials in DEIMOS facilities in Puertollano, Spain. The concept behind the experimental development of this LEO constellation prototype is to validate an advanced information system to process all the data acquired by several ground stations using artificial intelligence technologies. NEPTUNO’s intelligent system will be able to detect potentially criminal behaviour patterns, assigning dangerous profiles. It will also have an automatic real-time monitoring system for alert detection of potentially criminal actions.

The EU-funded project also includes the development of the ground segment, with a prototype ground station for satellite operation and data downloading, and the command and control centre for data management, processing and distribution.

The activity is being developed with DHV technology and AEROUM, with the support of several national security institutions of the Spanish Government.

The satellite is dedicated to maritime surveillance and it will have an automatic system to detect potentially criminal actions.

This project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), within the Smart Growth Operational Program 2014-2020, with the aim of promoting research, technological development and innovation.