Reference Projects


ÅAC Microtec has made a breakthrough in the US by a successful demonstration of NASA’s test satellite called TechEdSat, which was separated from the International Space Station ISS on October 4, 2012. The satellite was constructed in less than 4 months by a team from NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University and ÅAC Microtec.

What makes TechEdSat unique is that NASA uses electronics from Swedish ÅAC Microtec for control and operation of the satellite. Normally the countries only exchange scientific instruments and data. ÅAC Microtec was chosen for its innovative architecture and product portfolio for autonomous systems, which is based on plug-and-play protocols, and the company’s leading electronics integration ability.

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 nanoViking – TechEdSat-1

 NASA satellite collaboration

 ÅAC Microtec was prime contractor                                                                                                                         

 Customers were SNSB/NASA

 The nanoViking project’s goals were to build a nano-satellite in a short time and demonstrate the use of the ÅAC

Rapid Integration Architecture (RIA) family of products in space. The 1U CubeSat (TechEdSat-1)

 was built in 6 months and then launched to ISS. It was deployed from ISS on Oct 4th, 2012, and deorbited

 on May 5th, 2013, after a successful mission. AAC supplied the Main Power Distribution Board, OBClite, and 4 nanoRTUs.

InnoSat- phase 2

Development of a new and innovative satellite architecture for a micro-satellite (40-50kg).     

Customer was SNSB.

ÅAC Microtec and OHB Sweden was commissioned by SNSB to finalize the system design of a cost-effective satellite, InnoSat, from an innovative perspective. The two companies' extensive expertise, innovative products and efficient work approaches are combined in a successful manner, giving Sweden the opportunity to build satellites at a very competitive price.

Raijin-2 (RISING-2)

Supply of µRTU and power system included in the TAMU-2 payload onboard the RISING-2 micro-satellite (50kg).

Customer was Tohoku University.

Raijin-2(Rising-2) was successfully launched on May 24th 2014 from Japan. The satellite is intended for atmosphere research, especially for gathering statistics on cloud formation and the occurrence off sprites in the upper atmosphere. ÅAC Microtec provided the TAMU-2 payload, which includes an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) subsystem built around AAC’s power system and the µRTU product.


ÅAC Microtec supplied NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with nanoRTUs for the Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment (RACE) mission.

Customer was NASA – JPL.

The RACE satellite was a 3U CubeSat that was carrying a 183 gigahertz radiometer, a new science instrument

designed by JPL. The instrument uses reflected radiation from the Earth to measure atmospheric water vapor.

The spacecraft was launched towards the International Space Station on Oct. 28th, 2014, from Wallops Island, Virginia.

The satellite was aboard the unmanned Antares rocket, along with other cargo for a resupply mission to the space station.

Just seconds after liftoff, the rocket exploded, destroying the RACE satellite. along with various other research projects and experiments.

MCC - Motion Control Chip for ExoMars:

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Customer was ESA (TRP)
AAC leads a consortium developing a miniaturized Motion Control Chip (MCC) component for use in space. The device can handle 3 brushed, or one brushless motor with up to 120 W of power. The device is fault tolerant and rated to 20 kRAD subcomponent level and 50 kRAD on system level.


ÅAC Microtec is part of the consortium with CNES, Astrium and Ruag.

op avionique forwebbCustomers were CNES/SNSB/Raug

ÅAC  built the demo system for evaluating the plug-and-play concept for sensors on Ariane NGL. ÅAC also built a TTEthernet node that accessed the plug-and-play sensor network and distributed the data to the OBC.



NASA satellite collaboration                     

ÅAC Microtec was prime contractor   

Customer was SNSB/NASA                                     

The basis was that NASA uses the ÅAC Rapid Integration Architecture (RIA) family of products as the                        

The focus was mainly towards their 6U Cubesats with estimated weight of 10 kg

 NAPA 2 - Nanosatellite Plug-and-Play Architectures: 

 Nanosatellite Plug-and-Play Architectures (NAPA)

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Customer was U.S. Air Force and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
AAC has been contracted by USAF and FMV to co-develop subsystems and architectures for rapid response, and high performing low cost satellites. The work includes development of powerful onboard computers based on AAC’s 32-bit OpenRISC-1200 Fault Tolerant and PIC-16 Fault Tolerant processors, development of distributed and protected power control units with Latch-up current controllers. AAC has delivered derived products from this project to several US, Japanese, German, and Swedish satellites.


CRISP - CCSDS Radio Implementation for Space Plug-and-play                                                                                              

ÅAC Microtec and DLR are jointly developing a CCSDS stack on national funding (SNSB/DLR).                                            

 The CRISP project cooperation is the first project to be executed under the cooperation agreement between AAC         

 and DLR. The result will be a Space Plug-and-Play Avionics compatible radio controller

 including standardized decoding and encoding capabilities in accordance to applicable CCSDS and ECSS standards.                                      


Sinplex – Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)                       

ÅAC Microtec is part of an FP7 consortium including DLR, TNO and Cosine.

The project goal is to develop a miniature navigation system for exploration missions

(approach, landing,rendezvous and capture) with an overall mass of 3 kg.                                                                                                         

This mass reduction enables a higher scientific return of robotic exploration.It will help strengthen Europe’s position in space exploration. ÅAC Microtec delivered an IMU and the CDH architecture.


System In Package - Quality Assurance of ÅAC Technology

Quality Assurance of ÅAC Technology

AAC Microtec prime contractor                                                                                       

Customer is ESA (GSTP)

ESA has placed an on-going project with ÅAC to qualify robust                                                                                   

electronic packaging techniques for cold space environments (-120 ºC to +70 ºC).

The project aims at taking ECSS-Q-05-draft c (Hybrid standard) to include thru-silicon-via (TSV)

technologies for silicon interposers and flip-chip soldering methods.

RISING-1 (SpriteSat)

 Customer was SNSB.                                                                                                                                                                          

 Partner was Tohoku University in Japan.

 ÅAC Microtec provided the TAMU-1 payload, which included an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) subsystem.

 SpriteSat is an Earth observation satellite built by the Tohoku University located in Sendai, Japan.

 The space mission is to monitor Sprites (lightning effects) phenomenon in the upper atmosphere.

 It weighs approximately 50 kg and was launched as a piggy-back payload on a Japanese H2A rocket to a 600 km sun synchronous orbit on January 23rd, 2009.


Provided a payload to the Rubin-9.2 satellite.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Customer was SNSB.

Partners were Ruag Space and OHB Systems.                                                                                                                                                               

The payload was called INOVATOR (IN-Orbit Verification of AAC Technologies On Rubin).

Rubin was the satellite platform provided by OHB. ÅAC supplied a payload consisting of miniaturized subsystems for Data Handling,Communication, Attitude Control and mass memories. Rubin-1 was launched on Sep 23rd, 2009, on a PSLV launcher.        


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Customer was SNSB

AAC lead a consortium that developed a miniaturized Point Of Load (POL) component for use in space. It uses an AAC patented coil technology, which gives good performance in a small package.

 SDR – Software Defined Radio:

 ÅAC Microtec was prime contractor

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Customer was SNSB

The basis is that SNSB wanted to reduce the time for getting a satellite integrated, tested and launched.

 WiseJet - Sensor Networks:

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Customer was VINNOVA

AAC leads the development of a wireless sensor network for monitoring the conditions in a fighter jet engine (RM12).

SDR – Software Defined Radio:

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Customer was SNSB

The basis is that SNSB wanted to reduce the time for getting a satellite integrated, tested and launched.



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