Hera Systems, a U.S. new space company, is building a highly-customizable geospatial intelligence platform to be deployed in Very Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations of up to 50 nanosatellites providing 10-minute revisit over specific regions of interest. Our patented 1HOPSat™ design supports the acquisition of 50cm frame imagery and video, on-board AI processing techniques, and flexible communication modes to provide near real-time intelligence alerts directly to the warfighter and wherever current geospatial information is urgently required. We are working closely with major industry partners to incorporate proven activity-based intelligence (ABI) models to empower customized, mission-specific solutions. Our approach disrupts the conventional intelligence workflow by producing revolutionary performance in a low-cost nanosat platform ready for rapid deployment.
Following our Technology Demonstrator mission launched in December 2019, Hera Systems is currently finalizing the design of the full-featured 1HOPSat platform for our first commercially operating constellation.
Hera Systems is proud to have highlighted its advanced solutions for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force at the AFWERX EngageSpace Virtual Showcase held in September 2020.
WHAT WE OFFER
At Hera Systems, we pack big performance into a very small package. Our sub-meter resolution imaging payload is built into a 16U Cubesat that belies high performance associated with a much larger spacecraft. Our multiple patents cornerstone innovative approaches throughout the design of a revolutionary commercial remote sensing platform incorporating ultra-high pointing accuracy, proprietary optical design, flexible propulsion, massive on-board processing capabilities and multiple communications options. The result: a low-cost platform providing maximum capability and responsiveness.
Hera Systems is developing a constellation of high-performance nanosatellites that will deliver high-revisit, high-resolution imagery and video as well as intelligent analytics and derived information products. Our products will enable government and commercial enterprise customers to better monitor the ever-changing features of the Earth’s surface and emerging situations that influence the environment, the economy, national and international security, and empower smarter day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute operational decisions.
Latest Headlines from Hera Systems
AFWERX SELECTS HERA SYSTEMS FOR ENGAGESPACE EVENT
September 11, 2020
AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced Hera Systems as one of the top participating teams selected from the AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a virtual two-day event on September 29-30 2020, with three of its solutions selected from over 800 submittals to the challenge.
"We are honored to have multiple solutions selected for this prestigious event, which reflects the importance of the development work that our team is undertaking,"
Roger Roberts, Hera Systems CEO.
PATENT AWARDS FOR HERA SYSTEMS PROTECT 1HOPSAT DESIGN
June 2, 2020
The U.S. Patent Office has most recently awarded Hera Systems a patent covering our proprietary aperture optics design which increases light-gathering by 40% with corresponding improvement in image quality and sharpness. Based on 2016 filings, Hera Systems holds three U.S. Patents protecting key proprietary elements of the 1HOPSat image and nanosatellite design, also including pixel-shifting super-resolution imaging capabilities enabling significant improvements in effective image resolution, and a dual-camera design which supports up to eight multispectral channels.
HERA SYSTEMS AT 5TH ANNUAL SMALLSAT SYMPOSIUM
February 3, 2020
Hera Systems is exhibiting at the 5th SmallSat Symposium taking place February 3-6 2020 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. We have participated in each SmallSat Symposium since its inception in 2016, presenting and leading Earth Observation workshops at these events, which highlight the growth and adoption of small satellite technologies.
AEROJET ROCKETDYNE AND HERA SYSTEMS COLLABORATE ON NANOSAT PROPULSION
January 3, 2020
Hera Systems is working with Aerojet Rocketdyne to incorporate its Aerojet MPS-121/131 modular propulsion system into Hera’s new-generation 1HOPSat nanosat ISR platform. The 2U MPS-121 (hydrazine) and MPS-131 (green monopropellant) design is the first 3D-printed integrated propulsion system, and offers highly reliable, high thrust and high delta-V propulsion, designed to fit within 1HOPSat’s 16U form factor. These units provide high performance agility and long-term orbit maintenance. Aerojet Rocketdyne has a unique heritage in propulsion systems, and this latest capability, signals their ability to support CubeSat missions not previously viable. The MPS-121/131 propulsion system enables 3-5 year VLEO mission life for Hera Systems’ 1HOPSat.
PSLV SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION MISSION
December 11, 2019
Hera Systems’ Technology Demonstrator mission 1HOPSat-TD was successfully launched by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its fiftieth flight (PSLV-C48), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, India. The launch was arranged under a commercial agreement between Nanoracks and New Space India Limited (NSIL). 1HOPSat-TD was injected into its intended orbit.
L3HARRIS TO UNDERTAKE 1HOPSAT-TD AI&T
October 1, 2019
Hera Systems has contracted with L3Harris to provide Assembly Integration and Testing (AI&T) services for its TD mission prior to launch at the end of 2019. Final integration and testing is taking place at L3Harris Space Imaging SSG Division in Wilmington, Massachusetts, prior to shipping to Nanoracks and launch site integration.
HERA SYSTEMS ADOPTS NVIDIA JETSON FOR EDGE ANALYTICS ON 1HOPSAT
April 15, 2018
Hera Systems has selected the NVIDIA Jetson, the world’s leading embedded AI computing platform, to power the edge analytics on its 1HOPSat nanosat constellation. Jetson’s high-performance, low-power computing profile is optimized for deep learning and computer vision, ideal for incorporating software-defined autonomous AI capabilities into the 1HOPSat high-revisit constellation. Incorporation of GPU-accelerated parallel processing, supported by a wide range of developer tools and libraries, provides a scalable, secure framework permitting full customization of edge applications, tailored to specific missions and geographies of interest.
BLUE CANYON TECHNOLOGIES DELIVERS HIGH PERFORMANCE ADCS FOR 1HOPSAT
March 15, 2019
Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has delivered a customized Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) solution for integration with the 1HOPSat Technology Demonstrator. Since 2015, Hera Systems has relied on Blue Canyon’s inertial platforms to provide the slewing rates, settle time and pointing/positioning performance demanded by 1HOPSat to optimize its operating efficiencies and to support sub-pixel level stability during imaging. BCT’s XACT product line incorporates star tracker, GPS, IMU, magnetometer, sun sensors, four reaction wheels and continuous momentum management via torque rods, to provide best-in-class support to match 1HOPSat's exacting requirements.
HERA SYSTEMS AND SEGURITECH SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
October 9, 2018
Hera Systems and Seguritech, Mexico's leading supplier of Integral Security systems for government and enterprise clients, signed a partnership agreement under which the two companies will work together to build customer channels in Mexico and across Latin America.
HERA SYSTEMS APPOINTS FORMER BOEING EXECUTIVE AS CEO
September 15, 2017
Former Boeing executive Dr Roger Roberts has been appointed CEO of Hera Systems. He formerly served as the Senior VP of Boeing space and intelligence systems, subsequently co-founded Suntricity Corp and served on various boards including Sun Microsystems Government, Applied Signal, Ball Aerospace, KOR Electronics, and Sotera Defense. He has served as an advisor to Hera Systems since 2016.