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Miniaturized Flow Control Unit
|Organization name:AST ADVANCED SPACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH|
Region:NIEDERSACHSEN HANNOVER Diepholz
Objective: This proposal is related to FP7 space call 2011 - SPA.2011.2.2-02 (Space critical technologies). The purpose of the proposed work is the development of a miniaturized flow control unit (µFCU) for noble gases like xenon. The proposed technology is relevant to the call as it is listed in the Urgent Action List (ID 13). It is requested by space industry and agencies according ESTER database (e.g. ref. T-8117, T-8119). The new development shall reduce Europe's dependency from other space fairing nations by using only European components.
From a technical point of view, the proposal is also related to SPA.2011.2.2-01 (Space transportation technologies) as it enables electric micro-propulsion systems for new mission classes.
The µFCU design is based on a component-of-the-shelf (COTS) approach. The core components and technologies have already been developed for ground applications. They have a high reliability background like medicine, chemical industry or even space. These components will be modified for space applications and for the changed operational and environmental parameter range.
This new development shall outperform existing technologies with respect to mass reduction, leak tightness, drift and long term stability. Furthermore, it shall reduce complexity, driver electronics requirements and AIT effort and therefore will reduce the cost. Further cost reduction shall be achieved by modularity, use of COTS and integration of for flow lines controllers into one device.
The design of the µFCU is driven by costumer requirements. Key customer already agreed to join an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall support the project by defining reference missions and by reviewing the design.
The Consortium has a strong focus on SMEs with first experiences in space business. Some partners already have a strong and long term involvement in space component and subsystem development.
Project cost:2059936 EURO
Project Funding:1428212 EURO
Programme Acronym: FP7-SPACE
Programme type:Seventh Framework Programme
Subprogramme Area:Space transportation technologies, Space critical technologies
Contract type:Small or medium-scale focused research project
Subject index:Scientific Research
|Organization name:RHP-TECHNOLOGY GMBH & CO KG|
FORSCHUNGS UND TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GEBAUDE CA
Region:OSTÖSTERREICH NIEDERÖSTERREICH Wiener Umland/Südteil
|Organization name:INNOVATIVE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY AG|
Region:OSTSCHWEIZ St. Gallen
|Organization name:STAIGER GMBH & CO KG|
Region:BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG STUTTGART Ludwigsburg
|Organization name:TRANSMIT GESELLSCHAFT FUER TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER MBH|
Kerkrader Strasse 3
Region:HESSEN GIEßEN Gießen, Landkreis
Record control number:101380