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LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNOLOGIES FOR EXPLORATION ROVERS

Objective

Multifunctional structures are more than a new material a design concept The ROV-E proposal has considered the multifunctional design concept as a whole and intends to re-design the future exploration Rovers for Mars (eg ExoMars). The multifunctional approach is applied on several Rovers subsystems: mobility, telecom, power and service module.
In space exploration missions, Rovers have served as a platform for “mobile instrumentation” allowing the achievement of the scientific goals. These goals are very challenging and are more demanding. Due to the increasing need for carrying heavier PL, the mass of the Rovers has increased considerably. The trend is an increase in the total rover’s launch mass.
Therefore, mass is a major issue for interplanetary missions as each additional kilogram influences the cost of the mission and it requires more fuel to be carried (the trajectory is very long). Additionally, the autonomy of rover vehicles is too much dependent on its weight for both propulsion and flexibility on their movements. AURORA programs have identified the possibilities to use lightweight and integrated electronics for moon and mars vehicles.
A need for a light-weight wheeled chassis with a performance comparable to the one provided by the current solutions and which satisfies future scientific needs is a “must” for future surface exploration missions.
The approach proposed on ROV-E is to integrate functions within the carrier structures by using lightweight advanced materials. The re-design of the following subsystems is envisaged: mobility, internal chassis, monitoring, power generation and storage. This re-engineering implies the study of the basic technologies required to improve the performance of each subsystem.
The main objective of the ROV-E project is the development of the technologies required to obtain lightweight–fully integrated equipments and subassemblies for exploration rovers based on multifunctional structures.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
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Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)
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Research Organisations
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Garbine Atxaga Genbeltzu (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 482 278

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THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
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€ 216 304
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Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Enrico Gaia (Mr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
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€ 279 547
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Linder Hohe
51147 Koln

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Nicole Laqua-Feller (Ms.)
STATE ENTERPRISE YUZHNOYE DESIGN OFFICE NAMED AFTER MIKHAIL YANGEL
Ukraine
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€ 111 640
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Krivorozhskaya 3
49008 Dniepropetrovsk

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Victor Pinyagin (Mr.)
UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 159 453
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Concorde House, Warwick New Road 24
CV32 5JG Leamington Spa

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Quentin Fontana (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
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€ 228 819,50
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Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Ms.)