Developing the first
European IMU
for Space Navigation

Developing the first European IMU for Space Navigation


EURISA aims at developing the first European cost-effective and performant IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) based on fiber-optic gyroscopes and quartz accelerometers for future space missions.

EURISA involves four major actors of the European space ecosystem and research institutes: Airbus Defence & Space, ETH Zurich, DLR Bremen and Exail (formerly iXblue).

EURISA will contribute to European independence and sovereignty in space for future missions and exploration. 

EURISA is a Horizon 2020 projects, funded for 3.5 years by the European Union (under grant agreement No 101004205).

What's an IMU?

An inertial measurement unit (IMU) is a device that combines input from several different sensors types in order to accurately output a movement.

It is composed of 3 Accelerometers measuring velocity and acceleration and 3 Gyroscopes measuring rotation and rotational rate

In space, IMUs are used on  spacecrafts, space probes, landers, rover or satellites.


Project duration

January 2021 to
June 2024


4 partners from
3 countries


A European IMU
for space

Consortium Partners

Press releases

Eurisa: developing the first compact and cost-effective European Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for space applications
Date: 13 September 2021

Eurisa aims at developing a European compact, performant and cost-effective IMU to ensure European non-dependence on critical equipment for space.

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