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Periodic Report - AEROFAST (Aerocapture for future space transportation)

Project ID: 218797
Funded under: FP7-SPACE


This is the second periodic report of AEROFAST, a collaborative project with a main objective to invest and improve the aerocapture transportation mean. In the coming decades aerocapture will become one of the core capabilities for planetary transportation. This technology allows for large amount of mass saved (up to 30 %) at launch and is fully adapted to large weight missions. Today the Technology readiness level (TRL) of such an aerocapture mission is roughly two to three in Europe. AEROFAST goal was to prepare for a flight demonstration on a planet with atmosphere (earth or even more attractive Mars) and to reach TRL three to four.

The report analyses the potential impacts on the project in terms of technology definition and associated disciplines and products, markets and marketing, and management.

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Record Number: 13618 / Last updated on: 2012-10-12
Category: PROJ