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Satellite Construction kit for Highly Unified Modular Assembly in Newspace applicatioNs

Project description

Enabling technologies for the future space ecosystem

Aerospace engineering is a growingly expanding field in need of innovative modular solutions. The EU-funded SCHUMANN project aims to strengthen the foundations of the future space ecosystem in Europe. To this end, researchers plan to develop a functional spacecraft module (FSM) consisting of a tank for refuelling satellites and a refuelling experiment setup to support the testing and qualification of the FSM. Furthermore, they will draw specifications for a spacecraft construction kit that should help guide FSM developers in making their modules able to be used in a single ecosystem.


This proposal addresses sub-topic 1: R&I on new scalable satellite platform concepts and building blocks increasing the degree of satellite modularisation.

SCHUMANN ambitions to strengthen the foundations of the future space ecosystem, by means of 2 complementary developments:
(1) a Functional Spacecraft Module (FSM) consisting of a Refuelable Tank (RTa), along with a refueling experiment setup to support the testing and qualification of this module. This FSM will demonstrate that a “side”, standalone module development, by following appropriate design rules and leveraging previous OG developments, can be integrated at a late stage into an IOD mission.
(2) a “Design and Development Specification for the Spacecraft Construction Kit” (DSSCK) consisting of a specification and tools aimed at guiding and supporting FSM developers, to make their modules compatible and usable in a single ecosystem.


Net EU contribution
€ 898 906,00
1932 Zaventem

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 898 906,25

Participants (4)