The MYRIADE platform is constituted of a set of functional items which can independently evolve. Such a platform was used for the PICARD microsatellite.

As the atmospheric drag modifies the pointing performances especially below 600 km, and as the radiation limits the lifetime typically above 1000 km, the platform is designed for low orbit operation ranging from 600 km to 1000 km and for a typical 2-year mission. The orbit inclination covers the range 20 to 98°. The weight of the satellites is around 130 kg with a payload limited to the 50 kg range.

type width length height weight start end days
Micro Satellite ---------- ---------- ---------- 130000.0 ---------- ---------- ----------


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The Picard Payload Data Centre

PICARD is a scientific space mission dedicated to the study of the solar variability origin.