Development of Myriade was decided by CNES in 1998, following on the Proteus programme.
The challenge was to give the space community a fast and cheap mean of access to space. Targeted applications are primarily scientific but also include technology missions as well as demonstrations of future services.
Technological advances and in particular electronic miniaturization, make it possible to pack a high level of performance into a compact spacecraft bus. Myriade thus relies heavily on commercial parts.
Mass savings also permit cheaper solutions for launch, either as a main passenger on a small launcher or as a secondary passenger on a larger one.
Myriade also offers users and partners:
- A set of functional elements constituting a platform that affords several options, and after addition of a payload, a satellite with a typical mass between 100 and 150 kg
- A ground segment for data acquisition, command and control of satellites
- Tools for mission analysis, satellite design, and system validation
CNES has signed partnership agreements with contractors Thales Alenia Spacve and Astrium (now Airbus Defence & Space) under which they are allowed to use the MYRIADE design to develop their own applications.