The Scanway Spacecraft Health Scanner (SHS) is a health monitoring sub-system consisting of detectors, and data processing and transmission modules. Scanway offers these systems for implementation on various different types of spacecraft, such as satellites or rockets.

The SHS for smallsats consists mainly of the camera fixed onto a mechanical arm which unfolds once the satellite reaches the targeted orbit. The camera enables the observation of modules such as solar panels, telescopes, or any mechanical structures.

High quality images of the satellite taken by the camera are then analyzed using vision algorithms to monitor structural changes.

The first SHS for smallsats - VIBE (Vision Inspection Boom Experiment) is a part of the STAR VIBE mission, which will be flown in December 2022.

The SHS for rockets can be fully customized depending on user needs. It can consist of one or multiple cameras integrated with different types of detectors and dedicated electronics.

Combined with vision algorithms, the system can observe and inspect almost every spacecraft module.

The first SHS for rockets will be part of the Ariane-6 rocket, which is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2023.


  • Determination of the causes of failure of individual spacecraft modules
  • Monitoring the degradation of spacecraft modules over an extended period of time
  • Tracking the root of changes
  • Reducing downtime and eliminating risks for future iterations of spacecraft

Key features

  • Functional modules to enable multiple applications
  • Thermographic cameras and sensors to identify overheating components
  • Cameras mounted on the boom to diagnose external structures, solar panels, and breakdown mechanisms
  • Situational cameras
  • Radiation dose detection modules
  • Data processing on board and transmission to Earth
  • Potential to operate in an independent communication channel and independent power supply mode


Product customization is possible. Scanway can deliver either a tailored-to-fit SHS module or a new solution, depending on the requirements.

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Last updated: 2023-07-18

Satellite Health Scanner (SHS)




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