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The ARGO Project is addressing the fast growing small satellite market by developing a low cost and reliable orbit control propulsion system for this class of satellites.

Based on a core technology developed at the National Cheng Kung University, this module includes an efficient, competitive and low consumption single Pulse Plasma Thruster (PPT), which delivers sufficient thrust to extend significantly the duration of a small satellite mission in orbit, or by de-orbiting this satellite when its mission is over, therefore following good practices and guidelines as introduced and promoted by the space industry and international organisations.


As part of an international consortium including Paris Observatory and NCKU, ODYSSEUS is developing an autonomous Guidance and Navigation Control technology with applications for small satellites swarms or constellations in Earth Orbit or Deep Space environment. 

Based on the innovative ARGO Pulse Plasma Thruster, this technology would for instance allow autonomous interplanetary trajectory correction maneuver, or significantly increase the management efficiency and the positioning of large constellations of small satellites.


IGOSat (Ionospheric & Gamma-ray Observations SATellite) is the first CubeSat project of the Paris Diderot University, and is planning to carry two payloads in a quasi-polar orbit at 650km altitude:


  1. A dual-frequency GPS receiver to study the Total Electronic Content (TEC) of the Ionosphere by GPS occultation, measuring the phase shift of L1 and L2 signals.

  2. A scintillator and SiPM (silicon photomultiplier) for detecting gamma rays and electrons above the poles and the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), using the example of XGRE / TARANIS (currently developed at the APC) .

With the support of CNES in the JANUS program (French educational satellite project), the APC (AstroParticle & Cosmology Laboratory) and the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), IGOSat has already trained more than  200 students from France and elsewhere.

ODYSSEUS is providing system engineering and project management support to the project.



ODYSSEUS is working together with NCKU on UAV/MAV vehicle to develop a navigation system using GPS, LIDAR and optical sensors. One of the main focus of this project is the transition between outdoor and indoor environments. 

ODYSSEUS will also support the team during the 9th International Micro Air Vehicle Contest which will take place in Toulouse in September 2017