The main objective of the Humsat-D mission is to demonstrate the feasibility of the HumSAT concept.
The main payload is the HumSAT payload (HUMPL) that implements a complete receptor with redundancy. It has been developed by the University of Vigo and its function is to collect the data transmitted by the user sensors.
The spacecraft will be launched in November 2013 through the UNISAT-5 spacecraft (GAUSS) in a Russian DNEPR launcher.
The ground segment is located at the University of Vigo (Spain) and it comprises all the hardware equipment, software, procedures and human team to operate the spacecraft during the whole mission.
A specific User Segment for the validation of the system is being deployed with several sensors distributed around the world. University of Vigo has developed different applications to demonstrate the flexibility of the HumSAT system.
The Humsat-D spacecraft will also carry out a secondary mission: to measure the Displacement Damage Dose (DDD) along its orbit. This functionality is implemented in a payload (RDS) provided by INTA.