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AerSUS develops three aerogel solutions for thermal insulation in space

After three years of work, the AerSUS project came to an end in December 2014, having developed three aerogels for thermal insulation in space and contributing to Europe’s space objectives.

Aerogels are the lightest solid materials in the world, and are composed over 90% of air. Due to their unique properties, including low density and low thermal conductivity, aerogels have emerged as the best alternative to currently used advanced thermal control materials, such as MultiLayer Insulations (MLI) in low vacuum space applications. Aerogels developed in the AerSUS project can be used for thermal insulation of spacecraft, namely for environments encountered during launch, (re)-entry, and planetary exploration. The three aerogel solutions developed by the AerSUS consortium have different bulk density and thermal conductivity properties. Please visit the project website for more details: http://web.spi.pt/aersus/. _________________________ AerSUS – Aerogel European Supplying Unit for Space Applications project (www.spi.pt/aersus) which received nearly EUR 2 million euro in funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, ran from January 2012 to December 2014. The project aimed to develop manufacturing technology for aerogels, a material considered to form the next generation of thermal insulation in space. The project partnership is composed of nine organisations from Portugal, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. The overall project coordinator is Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (www.spieurope.eu) and the project’s scientific coordinator is Active Space Technologies S.A. (www.activespacetech.com).

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Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom