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HYBRID ABLATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR RE-ENTRY IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERIC THERMAL PROTECTION

Objective

The aim of this proposal is the development of TPS for their use in space applications with extreme oxidative environments and high temperature resistance, such as hot parts of space vehicles for orbital entry (ARV), planetary probes and NEO exploration. Previous studies on ARV vehicle have shown that TPS hybrid systems based on ablators integrated with thermo-structural materials are good candidates. Europe has limited research and producers in ablative materials, almost abandoned since ARD missions in the 80´s. Recently the Moon robotics exploration program within ESA demands ablative solutions for thermal protection of planetary probes.

As expressed in the work program 2011, the space sector is contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe. In this way, the European Commission has stated that a non-dependent access to the critical space technology is required at Europe level. The development and testing of ablative materials has not been intensively studied in European in the last 10 years, and few producers have been maintaining the capabilities for dual applications.

These technical approach is focused on a Hybrid TPS based on ablative/thermostructural assembly and their further testing rather than on the material development. The hybrid systems development will be addressed to the integration of ablative outer-shield and their joining with thermostructural frames based on ceramic composites and will provide an innovative technology solution consistent with European supplier’s capacities. In particular the joining of the different parts will be carried out by the use of advanced bonding technologies. The ablative parts will consist of two kinds of materials (resin based and cork based) while the CMCs will be based on carbon fibres reinforced SiC conventional composites. Relevant on-ground re-entry testing will be carried-out in a “plasma wind tunnel” facility and the results will be contrasted with the envisaged specifications.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 423 750,30
Administrative Contact
Jorge Barcena (Dr.)

Participants (10)

AIRBUS DS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 000
Address
Robert Koch Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Fischer (Mr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 141 550
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Marc Bouilly (Dr.)
SOCIETE DES LIEGES HPK
France
EU contribution
€ 51 710
Address
Rue De Lasserens 19
47230 Lavardac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agnes De Montbrun (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 447,25
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heinz (Mr.)
FHP- FREZITE HIGH PERFORMANCE LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 48 360
Address
Rua Engenheiro Ferreira Dias 401-40
4149-013 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Portela (Mr.)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 181 465,97
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Evripides Papadopoulos (Mr.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARI AEROSPATIALE ELIE CARAFOLI - I.N.C.A.S. SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 143 933
Address
Iuliu Maniu 220 Sector 6
061121 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adriana Stefan (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 257 918,68
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Philippe Leconte (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 236 452,80
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kathrin Schwalb (Ms.)
EADS Astrium Space Transportation GmbH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Hunefeldstrasse 1-5
28199 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Fischer (Mr.)