On 09/07/20, the last meeting of the Horus Critical Design Review (CDR) was held by teleconference with CNES, Airbus Defense & Space and ESA.
The review committee was satisfied with this state-of-the-art product and the overall progress of the project especially in light of the pandemic.
The Horus is a new single-box star tracker intended to replace the legacy SED-26 and features less mass & volume, higher accuracy, and lower cost. Horus’ development is jointly financed by France’s space agency, CNES, and Sodern to address large markets including the new generation European platform NEOSAT, intended for telecommunications missions; and also international satellite platforms used on LEO, GEO and other orbits.
Horus will be highly competitive and incorporate significant technological breakthroughs including its lightweight baffle and the revolutionary Active Pixel System (APS) detector, which uses system on a chip architecture to deliver unparalleled performance.